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!
April through December, we are open Tuesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5pm; January through March, we are open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM, or by appointment. Call: 860-447-2501 for information.
This year is our 30th Anniversary - Every day in every way we're getting better and better.
The Celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Frank L. McGuire Maritime Research Library on Saturday June 15, with author Verlyn Klinkenborg, was a great event at the museum. Be sure to see our new exhibition of treasures from the McGuire Library, curated by librarian Brian Rogers.
Visit New London Harbor Light, Ledge Light, & other area lighthouses by boat this summer. We will take reservations beginning May 1, 2013. Call 860-447-2501.
Meanwhile, you can visit New London Harbor Light by land, by appointment, any time.
Call 860-447-2501 to arrange your visit.
Regularly scheduled tours are every Wednesday at 1 and 3 PM; reservations are required.
Admission is $35 for adults, $15 children ages 8 through 13.
Cartoonist Jon Buller will offer another series of his popular Cartooning for Kids classes, for artists ages 8 & up. Four Tuesdays: June 25, July 2, 9, & 16, from 4:00 to 5:15PM. Fee $75, materials included.
Call 860-447-2501 to register.
June 18 - Tuesday, 1-4 PM SORRY this month's GAM is canceled.
Jibboom Gam - They're every 3rd Tuesday.
Join Russ and Rob for good conversation, coffee, cribbage and treats. Donation is for refreshments,only.
Every Wednesday, from 5 to 6 o'clock PM we're on TV.
Watch New London Maritime Society (NLMS) Custom House Maritime Matters, on New London Metrocast cable, channel 25, with host Dr. George Sprecace.
AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom
a new permanent exhibition at the site of the original Amistad events of 1839.
See New London Maritime Society's Amistad exhibition at United Nations headquarters, NYC, March 2010. CLICK >> HERE. Read the latest about Amistad America in The Day 1.23.12
Vintage Dive Helmets from two private collections.
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. The historic Greek revival building, itself, is 180 years old.
Visit the Museum Shop today for nautical note cards, scarves, tea towels and rubber stamps, cookie cutters, special ribbons, new & vintage maritime books, toys, old-time gifts, and ornaments. We have Lighthouse Keepers caps, Old Town Mill corn meal for Johnny Cakes, balloon-powered toy boats, Mark Shasha books & prints; USCG video about the Eagle; whale bottle openers , cards, & coffee mug; and terrific photography. We're open from 1 to 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday!
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Summer 2012 issue of the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal featuring articles from the the Legal Solutions to Coastal Climate Change Adaptation in Connecticut conference held at the University of Connecticut School of Law on February 10, 2012.
NB: Per the fire marshal, our maximum occupancy is 49 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
The New London Maritime Society/Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, the Connecticut Humanities Council, Dominion Foundation, the Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, the Community Foundation of Eastern CT, Veolia / New London Water Authority & and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends.
The Custom House Maritime Museum participates in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their immediate families all year.
In June, 2012, NLMS traveled to Boston and the lightship Nantucket.
New London Maritime Society is pleased to announce that New London's Harbor Light is the featured lighthouse for Connecticut in the 2013 United States Postal Service's New England Coastal Lighthouses series. The stamp will be issued July 13, 2013. That's us, far right, above!
150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 860-447-2501
Above: Images from the Frank I' McGuire Library celebration on June 15, 2013. Left: Thanks to Katie Bradford, Custom Marine Canvas, and the crew at The Real McCoy RUM, we're going to get our new tent! The design is by Katie, the fabric donated by Safety Components, and our supporters turned out to raise the $ to stitch it up!
WHAT'S UP at the CUSTOM HOUSE
Above: 1766 colonial New London customs manifest - new to our collection!
Prof. Steve Jones holds forth at the RUM-Tasting.
May 7, 2013: Four NOAA cadets came back last weekend to do a project "from start to finish". -- And we said: great! They took on painting the Knot Room. Our NOAA cadets are, from left: BJ Bonner, Hollis Johnson, Jessee Senzer, & Felicia Drummond. Thank you, all! The room looks wonderful. Trustee Rob Pittaway rehung the Knot Boards.
Silhouette artist Deborah O'Connor was at the museum on Sunday, April 28.
We are pleased to announce ownership of Race Rock Light will be conveyed from the federal government to the New London Maritime Society on Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Artist Torrance Downes, Eva & John Henry, brought the original drawing for Connecticut's Preserve The Sound license plate to add to our exhibition.
Irene Rissi's string students performed at the Custom House June 7.