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. 


​Sea to Table Talks & Tastings, Cooking Classes & Dinner 
starts with Scallops on Saturday, June 20!

Learn all about the amazing seafood harvested off our shores.  
Join local seafood farmers, and chefs Elisa Giommi and Amelia Lord for an inspiring, educational trip through our local sea fare: Sea to Table, presented by New London Maritime Society as a part of our 5th annual Sentinels on the Sound summer celebration. Sea to Table is a series of five Talk & Tasting sessions featuring local seafood growers, paired with Cooking Classes with Dinner presented by chefs Elisa Giommi and Amelia Lord, to be held at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Participants may sign up for just the Talk or for both the Talk and Cooking presentations. Register HERE or call 860-447-8700 and we will get back to you. 

Five Saturday sessions are planned for 2015:
June 20 - Sea and Bay Scallops
August 1 - seafood TBA
August 29 - Mystic and Fishers Island Oysters 
September 26 - seafood TBA
October 24 - seafood TBA.  
(Class content for the September and October classes is still being compiled based on the season's availability.)
Sea to Table grower's Talk & Tasting are held at 5:30 PM (45 minutes), $10 donation.
The Sea to Table Cooking Class with Dinner follows at 6:30 PM (2 1/2
hours), $60 each (donation includes Talk & Tasting). Sign up for all five Talks & Classes, a $300 value, for $275.  

Each paired session features a fresh, locally sourced seafood and is designed to encourage visitors experience the region's fresh maritime bounty. Among seafoods we plan to explore in this series are Niantic bay and ocean scallops, Fishers Island and Mystic oysters, Stonington red shrimp, UCONN sea vegetables, Maritime Magnet School tilapia, Long Island Sound lobster, and ocean conch. All profits from this program support the New London Maritime Society! 

Sea to Table - Talks & Tastings will be led by a local grower or fisherman, who will discuss the process and challenges of harvesting seafood from Long Island Sound along with advice for selecting and sourcing the freshest products. Each talk will include the opportunity to sample the seafood being discussed as well as Safe Harbor's 1790 Lager (crafted as a tribute to Connecticut's Coast Guard Summer). The talk last about 45 minutes and is a great way to start a Saturday evening in New London--perhaps followed by dinner downtown and a sunset lighthouse boat tour.

Sea to Table - Cooking Classes with Dinner go one step further to focus on easy to prepare and tasty seafood dishes. Only sustainable sea products are used. Dinner is included as is Safe Harbor's 1790 Lager (crafted as a tribute to Connecticut's Coast Guard Summer). Join us for a casual evening of educational fun and good eating. You'll be sure to leave with a happy tummy and handfuls of recipes to try at home. Classes are limited to 15 students.
Register HERE or call 860-447-8700 and we will get back to you.

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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.