New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM  l  150 Bank Street  l  New London, Connecticut  06320  l  860-447-2501  l   email
two shows on view extended through September 10, 2017
Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines:
Maritime Photos from The Day's Photojournalists,  by Tim Cook, Dana Jensen, Tim Martin & Sean Elliot.

Stars and Lighthouses - LIS, by David Zapatka 

AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom  
a permanent exhibition at the site of the original Amistad events of 1839.

Vintage Dive Helmets 
from two private collections:  Jay Kane and Ed Uditis.

The museum's most important artifact may well be the building, itself. Built in 1833 as New London's U.S Custom House and designed by architect Robert Mills, it has been the museum's home since 1983. New London's Custom House opened in 1835. It is the longest continuously-operating custom house in the country.
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NLMS in the NEWS
For the first time the public can tour Race Rock Light  NEWS 8 video 8.25.17

Race Rock Lighthouse up-close  The Day 8.24.17

Tours open at Race Rock Lighthouse  The Day video 8.24.17

NL maritime society still seeking access to lighthouse   The Day May 25, 2017

Lighthouses once guided ships, now bring in the tourists, Fox-TV 4.24.17

Artist named NL Maritime Society’s ‘New Volunteer of the Year’ The Day 12.13.16

New leader could open path to ending Harbor Light dispute The Day 12.11.16

Former Coast Guard commander leads New London Maritime Society The Day 12.6.16

If I had a hammer  The Day 12.5.16

Peter Yarrow bringing the power of music to Groton benefit  The Day 12.1.16

Government auction nets $612K for three Connecticut lighthouses  Crain's Connecticut 10.12.16

A local history lesson aboard the schooner Amistad
Local News  The Day 10.4.16
The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!

Watch the scaffolding go up!
Video: Restoring the Lighthouse The Day 7.23.14

In 2013, the US Postal Service made a video about New London Harbor Light.  See it HERE.

See our Video about Race Rock Light Station 

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     New London Maritime Society -- nicely nautical

The work of the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Connecticut Humanities Council, Dominion Foundation, the Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Community Foundation of Eastern CTVeolia / New London Water Authority,  &  and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends. 
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No matter how the wind howls or the sea lashes, we see clear sailing ahead for our work preserving and promoting New London's maritime heritage.
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We work every day to preserve our maritime stories.We strive to make learning enjoyable, even fun!  And we aspire to have a positive effect on the entire community, for this generation & beyond. We cannot do it without you! Please support New London Maritime Society.

New London Maritime Society is a New London-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Make a donation here on the website or by mail.

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Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.
 New London Maritime Society - open year-round
   your local, independent, community museum,
   telling the stories of New London's waterfront.
        150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320

Winter hours: January through March 
Thursday-- Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
High-Season hours: April through December 
Wednesday--Sunday, 1 to 5 PM  

Contact: 860.447.2501  email   $7 Admission 
Free for NLMS members, children age 14 and younger, USCG cadets, active-duty military & their families
Tuesday, October 17, 1 pm,  
Jibboom Club #1 GAM
with Edward Gladeau, who managed the USCG NL buoy dock for three decades - until 1986, and whose workshop was in NL's Custom House.  

Join us for a great discussion, coffee & cookies. Please come and bring a friend. Donations for refreshments, only. Questions? Call 860-447-2501.
Thursday, October 5
Custom Book Group
discussing Ellery Thompson's Draggerman's Haul

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The book is available in the MUSEUM SHOP. $16 for Book Club attendees.  Questions? call 860-447-2501. 
Digital Exhibits go Live at Last!  See them > HERE
The first three McGuire Library online exhibits can now be visited from the Library section of this website. "New London Postcard Collection" comprises interesting late19th/early 20th c. views of the waterfront, local lighthouses, yachts in the harbor, Ocean Beach, and other subjects. Two other exhibits illustrate the career of Robert Mills (architect of the Custom House) and the history of the McGuire Maritime Library. Future displays will highlight our special holdings on various topics, illuminating further the rich maritime history we celebrate here every day. To view the displays, click on "Digital Collections & Exhibits" after you are in the Library tab, above.
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Our 34th Annual Meeting!
--on a boat, with Steve Jones, & cake.
Sunday, November 5,12:30 - 3:30 pm.
 This year, we're taking a high-speed ferry ride to circle Block Island. Its everything we like best: boats, local history, cake!

On our way out, Steve Jones, above right, will give a personal & eclectic narration encompassing Ellery Thompson, the Malloys, the Larchmont, and Admiral Hardy - to name just a few. Why go to Block Island? Because that's where all the bodies are, Steve says.

There'll be box lunches, mojitos, & cake. A brief meeting takes place at the start of the trip. Suggested donation is $50 for NLMS members, $65 adults, $20 children ages 7-16. Register online or call 860-447-2501.
We thank the Cross Sound Ferry for generously providing the boat. 
We thank Adam Wronowski and Stan Mickus of the Thames Towboat Co. for generously providing the tugs.