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.
None of what we do would be possible without support from like-minded individuals whose contributions keep us going every single day, week, month, and year; whether we're running a boat tour to Plum Island, or researching a manuscript in our library. By
contributing to the Society's Annual Fund, you provide the essential
day-to-day support that enables us to preserve, protect, and present New
London's maritime heritage.
Every contribution counts.
Please take a moment to make a 100% tax deductible donation to the New London Maritime Society. The New London Maritime Society
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, tax ID #06-10866688.
New London Maritime Society (NLMS) - CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM 150 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut 06320 - phone: 860-447-2501 fax: 860-447-8086
The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
Race Rock Light Curated by Pierce Rafferty.
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.
COMING UP - opening in May
Kids Ahoy - illustrating the maritime influence on children's fashions, toys & entertainment since Queen Victoria's day
US Customs Service - 226 Years of protecting Our Borders
read more newsletters HERE Every Thursday, from 5 to 6 o'clock PM we're on TV. Watch New London Maritime Society Custom House Maritime Matters, on New London Metrocast cable TV, channel 25, with host Dr. George Sprecace.
In 2013, the US Postal Service made a video about New London Harbor Light. See it HERE.
Watch what we do
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.
New London Maritime Society - open year-round
your local, independent, community museum,
telling the stories of New London's waterfront.
OPEN April through December: Tuesday through Sunday,
1 to 5 PM, / (closed Monday,) Admission $5.
150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 - 860-447-2501
Our 2015 SUMMER LIGHTHOUSE SCHEDULE will be up soon.
WHAT'S UP at the CUSTOM HOUSE ?
NLMS visits the Lightship Nantucket in Boston.
Be Part of Something BIG
Our 2013-14 campaign Be Part of Something BIG, raised nearly $200,000 in donations and lighthouse program revenues, and an estimated $400,000+ in in-kind donations.
We have some specific suggestions for lighthouse donations
1.)DOCK AT NEW LONDON HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE $200,000. 2.)MAINTENANCE FUNDS FOR THREE LIGHTHOUSES,
one fund for each lighthouse: three individual $100,000 funds.
3. )STONE LEDGE & STEPS AT HARBOR LIGHT $35,000 4.)& LANDSCAPING AT HARBOR LIGHT $15,000
Please Donate today!
Visit the MUSEUM SHOP for terrific gifts for all ages.
We have sailing ship kites, deep-sea dive children’s lunch sets, nautical clocks, elegant scarves, submarine toys, rubber stamps, rubber duckies, cookie cutters, books for the very young and the very sophisticated.
The MUSEUM SHOP is open from 1 to 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday! 150 Bank Street, New London. 860-447-2501.
Our Lighthouse Sponsors:
The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation
Frank Loomis Palmer Fund
Dept of Eco. Dev. State Dept. of Tourism
H.Carr & Son
Rogovin Moving and Storage
Shennecossett Yacht Club
the Eschenfelder Family
We participate in the BlueStar Museums
program, providing free admission to active-duty members of the armed services and their families all year.
Congratulations to New London Maritime Society
and executive director Susan Tamulevich, who
received New London Elks' Citizen of the Year
award on March 22, 2015.
April 21, 2014: We won Yankee Magazine's 'Best of New England Travel 2014' Editors' Choice for Best Lighthouse Tours
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Remember: The Custom House is available for private rentals. NB: Per the fire marshal, our maximum occupancy is 49 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
Bob Walser - Songs of Sea and Shore
Concert of Seagoing Musical Traditions
at the Custom House May 13, 2015, 7 PM
One of the world's leading experts on seagoing
musical traditions, Bob Walser, presents a concert of shanties and sailors' songs, pub songs, ballads, and songs with great choruses that invite everyone to participate: Songs of Sea and Shore, on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 PM, at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Tickets are $25, $20 for New London Maritime Society members. In addition to the concert, wine, coffee and dessert will be served. Go to brownpapertickets.com and enter 'Bob Walser' to reserve your seats, or call 1-800-838-3006.
Find out more about the new Harbor Light Segway tours here:
Our full Lighthouse Summer Calender will be posted May 1!
Thank you to the Beaudoins, of Mystic Knotwork, for loaning us the terrific masterpieces of rope work we have had on display this winter.
Above: limited-edition, hot-pink ship kite, $40, complete with tail.
RACE ROCK LIGHTHOUSE FEATURED
NEW REALITY SERIES ON
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL
THURSDAYS in, APRIL at 10PM ET/PT
Cross-Cultural Music Meditation Workshops
To have a quiet mind is to possess one's mind wholly;
to have a calm spirit is to possess one's self.
--Hamilton Wright Mabie
Musician Jin Hi Kim's Cross-Cultural Music Meditation
is a bi-cultural exposure to the basic aesthetics and concepts of Asian philosophy, music, and instruments. Through five sessions, participants gain first-hand experience of the role music plays in meditation and the benefits it offers to develop a calm, focused group experience. Individuals and groups (up to 10) may sign up for the workshops. Call Susan at 860-447-2501 to find out more.
Music meditation, directed by Jin Hi Kim, includes a group chant (sonic text) and a creative music ensemble through listening and playing various Asian percussion instruments. These workshops received support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Each workshop session involves 10 participants and takes place over five consecutive days.
The fee is $50, total, for all five, 45-minute sessions.
Fee: $50 for all five sessions.