New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM l 150 Bank Street l New London, Connecticut 06320 l 860-447-2501 l email
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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NLMS in the NEWS
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
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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NLMS -- nicely nautical.
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Saving our local maritime heritage sites through education, advocacy, and restoration.
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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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 at Last!
Mason Harald Hefel is back to workat Harbor Light.
We thank our Friends and Sponsors
John Steffian, Jr.
The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation
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.
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.
New Online Library Collections Exhibition
Working with the library collections, Brian Rogers, our librarian, has developed a number of online exhibitions this year. His latest effort illustrates what NL Maritime Society does best: celebrate the local.
William Douglass Alexander, Marine Engineer
Photographs and documents illustrating the career of William Douglass Alexander (1890-1949), Thames River ferry and tugboat fireman and engineer, U.S. Naval Reserve engineer, and civilian employee at the U.S. Submarine Base in his hometown of Groton, Connecticut.
talk & book signing
Connecticut Coast & Long Island Sound: 20,000 Years of Change on Connecticut's Shores
Sunday, March 11 at 2 PM
Learn more & register HERE
Chandler Smith - Discovering Venture & the Voyage of the Sloop Venture 2018-2019
Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM
Historian Chandler Saint presents his latest research on Venture Smith and bring us up-to-date on his plans to visit New London this summer to launch the Voyage of the Sloop Venture 2018-2019, an effort to memorialize the 400th anniversary (in 2019) of the first African slave landing. Learn more HERE.
Attention High school juniors & seniors
NLMS 2018 Reid MacCluggage Maritime History Scholarship
entries are due February 28 Find our more HERE
Come'on, let's take a SEAL WATCH!
Saturday, February 24, 10 AM.
The Black Hawk is donating an exciting trip to view the many seals who winter off New London. It's a 2 1/2 -3 hours round-trip and a fund raiser for NLMS.
The seals are actually Maine natives who make Long Island Sound their winter home. On this trip, we'll leave from Niantic and head out to Little Gull and Plum Islands.
Bring your camera and binoculars. We'll bring the hot chocolate and cookies! The cabin on the boat is heated, but we suggest you wear deck shoes or boots and very warm clothing for the trip.