We thank our Friends and Sponsors
John Steffian, Jr., the Maco Family Fund
& our Lighthouse Logo business sponsors
Our year-long Third-Grade Local History Program, a partnership with the New London Public Schools and run by award-winning educator Jody Barthel, annually brings the City's 300 third grade students to visit up-to six local historic sites.
New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM l 150 Bank Street l New London, Connecticut 06320 l 860-447-2501 l email
now on view
Bully for Woolies! Victorian Sailors' Stitchery: The Charles B. Moss Sr. & Paula Moss Collection through December, 2018
The Art of Tugboats
Opens August 10, on view through December, 2018
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.
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New London Maritime Society -- 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
At the Maritime Museum, you will discover the enormous effect that the maritime world has on our daily lives.
None of what we do at the Custom House would be possible without your support.
Please help with a donation. Learn more HERE
Bully for Woolies!
Victorian Sailors' Stitchery
Victorian Woolworks exhibition has been extended through October
This exhibition celebrates a recent acquisition of 22 Victorian sailor embroideries or 'woolies' -- a recent gift from Charles B. Moss, Jr., to the New London Maritime Society.
Like the more-familiar sailors' crafts of scrimshaw, knotting, ship models, and shell valentines, these embroidered paintings are anonymous works of folk art. Many have tremendous charm and depict scenes of ships at sea, lighthouses, patriotic symbols, and the distant shore.
The work of the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from Community Development Bock Grants,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.
Explore Inside Ledge Lighthouse through October
Fun-sized Boat Trip & Tour inside the Lighthouse, 6 passengers
The Halloween weekend tours will be with paranormal researcher Traci Boiselle.
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Celebrate 20 Years of the NLMS
Frank L. McGuire Library