Classes & Workshops Education
In 2015 the Custom House Maritime Museum offers a variety of new classes & workshops for youth and adults.

Special tours and workshops are available for students groups, from grade school through college level. Call Susan at 860-447-2501 to plan your visit.


Third Tuesdays - Jibboom Club #1 Gams - Reviving Jibboom Club #1 with maritime talk, good friends & cookies. 1-4 PM. 

Thursdays - Custom House Maritime Matters, on Metrocast cabel channel 25, with host George Sprecace, from 5-6 PM.

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​classes for KIDS

How to be a Cartoonist - cartooning classes for kids age 8 and up.  with Jon Buller. $40 materials included. Adults welcome! Four Saturdays, July 11 - August 1, 10:45 AM to 12 noon. Sign up HERE.

Read > Lighthouse Comix -- work from last spring's cartooning class with Jon Buller.  
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Schedule for School Visits to the Amistad,
Docked at New London's Custom House Pier
May through October, 2015

New London, CT--Bring your students to New London to learn the story of the brave Amistad Africans, with visits to both the ship on the New London waterfront and the exhibition Amistad: A True Story of Freedom, at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Amistad visits for school, homeschool, and summer camp groups may now be scheduled for when the ship is docked in New London, May through October 2015. Please call Susan Tamulevich at 860-447-8700 or email to arrange your visit.

May-June, school groups may arrange visits on Tuesday & Thursday mornings between 9 AM and 1 PM.

July-August, Homeschoolers and camp groups may arrange visits on Thursdays between 9 AM & 1 PM.

September-October, school groups may arrange visits on Tuesday & Thursday between 9 AM and 1 PM.

A basic visit to both the Amistad ship and the Amistad exhibition, which is located just two blocks away at the Custom House Maritime Museum, is $6 per student and takes about two hours. Students are welcome to bring their lunch and eat either at the museum or on the New London waterfront.

Amistad ship-model program in New London, why not extend your visit with additional educational programs.

Students also have the opportunity to create their own wooden Amistad ship model while at the museum -- the program fee is $15 per student and takes about 2 1/2 hours. (To reduce costs, we are looking for sponsors to provide the ship kits @ $9) . 

At the Custom House Maritime Museum, students also may learn about local maritime history, deep-sea diving, and lighthouses. Each unit adds 45 minutes to the visit, for the same program fee of $6 per student.

Other activities in New London may be combined with the visit.  

 Hempsted Housses The Hempsted Houses, also within walking distance, offers a 45-minute program on slavery and abolition. The site was the home to two enslaved people during colonial times, and in the decades before the Civil War was a center for abolition activity in New London. Students learn about the lives of enslaved people and New Londoners' attitudes toward slavery. The per student program fee for the Hempsted Houses visit combined with the Amistad ship and Custom House is $9. Students are welcome to have lunch on the lawn at Hempsted or indoors in inclement weather.

 On July 2, 1839, 53 enslaved Africans defeated their captors and took over La Amistad. The ship was brought in to New London, in late August. The Africans fought their case for freedom to the Supreme Court. In 1842, they returned home to Sierra Leone.