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
to come:  

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
Neighbor settles long running suit over New London lighthouse  The Day 2.2.18

Stephen Jones leads Sunday Maritime cruise to Block Island  The Day 11.3.17

For the first time the public can tour Race Rock Light  NEWS 8 wtnh.com 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
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 

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 CTVeolia / New London Water Authority,  &  and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends. 
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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
Library Digital Exhibits go Live! See them HERE​  
Left, U.S. Maritime Service Officers School at Fort Trumbull, 1939-1946  --  A documentary history of the U.S. Maritime Service Officers School at Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut

Mason Harald Hefel is back to workat Harbor Light. 

We  thank Superior Rental for sponsoring this effort! 

We thank our Friends and Sponsors

John Steffian, Jr.  

The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation
We are not salespeople but librarians, historians, teachers, & maritime aficionados. We hate to ask but we really do need your support. 
Please help with a 2017 donation to our Annual Fund. Learn more HERE.

'Victorian Woolies: Sailors Stitchery and Other Pastimes' celebrates a recent acquisition of 22 'woolies', or Victorian sailor embroideries. The collection was a recent gift from Charles B. Moss, Jr., to the New London Maritime Society. The full collection will be on view through June 10, 2018
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.
Jibboom Club 
Tuesday, March 20, 2 PM,
Sandy and Sidney Van Zandt give a talk and show pictures about the inspiration, design, construction and sailing of their 39 foot steel cutter Sequel from 1982 - 2005. They did four transatlantic crossings and a Circumnavigation and quite a few 'side' voyages while sailing 95,000 nm. 
Sandy Brewster-Walker  Long Island Whalers of Color  
Sunday, April 15, 2 PM

Sandi Brewster-Walker discusses whaling captains and crews of color on Long Island Sound, highlighting the genealogies and experiences of the local men who hunted the whale during the peak years of 1840 to 1860. 
$12, $10 NLMS members, $8 youth ages 10 to 18  
Call 860-447-2501 to register. 

For the month of March, 
all MUSEUM SHOP purchases 
are 20% off, with NLMS members receiving an additional 10% discount -- for a total discount of 30%!  
This is the 5th in a series of new online exhibitions developed by the Frank L. McGuire Maritime Research Library.

 Above, Trumbullog, August 15, 1944