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
from two private collections: Jay Kane and Ed Uditis.
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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The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
In 2013, the US Postal Service made a video about New London Harbor Light. See it HERE.
Watch what we do
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 CT, Veolia / 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.
NLMS -- nicely nautical.
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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.
Saturday, October 7, 3 pm
with author / architect Paul Farrell Book talk & visit on a real tugboat - at the Custom House.
$16, $12 NLMS members
or call 860-447-2501
We're going on a tug!
We thank the Thames Towboat Co. for generously providing the tugboat.
Tugboats Illustrated by Paul Farrell, right, is now available in the MUSEUM SHOP.
Thursday, October 5
Custom Book Group
discussing Ellery Thompson's Draggerman's Haul
The book is available in the MUSEUM SHOP. $16 for Book Club attendees. Questions? call 860-447-2501.
Sunday, October 8, 7 pm.
SherWood, the duo of Sherry Stidfole and John Wood
will perform folk music live at the Custom House.
SherWood mixes traditional material with original songs.
Their musical style advocate the positive, humanistic influences found in society’s moral foundations. $10 NLMS members, $12 all others. Call 860-447-2501 to reserve your place.
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.