Membership, Giving & Rental
Hours: January through March, the Custom House Maritime Museum is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, from 12 noon to 3 PM! 

April through December, we're open six days a week -- Tuesday through Sunday --  every day except Monday, 1 to 5 PM. We're also open by appointment. Call 860-447-2501.

Address: 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320  860-447-2501

Admission: The Custom House Maritime Museum is always FREE for current members, individuals with current military or USCG cadet ID and children under age 14 (with adult), admission is a $5 suggested donation for all others. Admission is by donation on Sunday.

New London Harbor Light is closed for visitor tours through the restoration - June-July, 2014.

Sentinels on the Sound JUNE through OCTOBER, 2014
See FULL SUMMER EVENTS SCHEDULE HERE!

Lighthouse Boat Trips, (Ticket includes admission to Custom House)

Harbor Lighthouse Tours, every Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM, 12 NOON, 1, 2 & 3PM. $35. Children ages 6 to 12 $25. Book tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com, search ‘New London lighthouse’.This year, we offer boat trips on June 21 and during SailFest: July 11, 12, 13! Small boat carries six passengers and leaves from the Custom House Pier.
 Meet at the Custom House 15 minutes prior to departure.

New London Ledge Light Tour,every-other Saturday, July 5, 19 , August 2, 16, 30, 
September 13, 27. 2:30 PM. 2 1/2-hours. $35. Children ages 6 to 12 $25.
Book tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com, search ‘New London lighthouse’. Project ‘O’ boat carries 50 passengers and leaves from New London’s City Pier.

Night-Time Lighthouse Tours.
Saturday, July 19, 26, August 16 and 23, and
Full-Moon Lighthouse Tours
on August 9 and 10. 9 PM. $35. Children ages 6 to 12 $25. Book tickets online at
www.brownpapertickets.com, search ‘New London lighthouse’. Small boat carries six passengers and leaves from the Custom House Pier. 
Meet at the Custom House 15 minutes prior to departure.

Plum Island Tour, Friday July 25, Friday August 15, and Monday September 29. 7 AM to 4 PM. $25.Visit a naturally beautiful, historically secretive location.
The tour encompasses the entire 840 acre island, including visiting Fort Terry (est. 1897). Lunch is included! Guests meet at the Old Saybrook One Harbor at 7 AM for the ferry.
A federal background check must be completed,
please sign up 30 days in advance. Contact: nlharborlight@gmail.com. 
The our is vigorous. Please make sure you are sure footed and wear appropriate shoes (no open toed shoes or sandals). Cameras and cell phones are not permitted on the island,
so leave those items behind. Pictures will be taken by tour guides at appropriate locations! 
$25.



Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle  
THE ABOLITIONISTS, Part II (film) 
& discussion with Lonnie Braxton 
Thursday July 31 at 6:30 PM at Public Library of New London
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites. New London Maritime Society's program at Public Library of New London is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the Civil Rights Movement. All events are free and open to the public.

The Abolitionists III - Thursday, August 28 

Slavery by Another Name - Thursday, September 25

Freedom Riders - Thursday, October 30

The Loving Story - Thursday, November 20  


JUNE
5, Thursday at 5:30 pm,  At Liberty in the Whaling City on the Morgan  
Fundraiser. Call 860-447-2501 for reservations. Admission: $75.

8, Sunday at 1 PM & 3 PM,  D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration & Reception for Tony Falcone
This is a special two-part event. View Tony Falcone's D-Day and Pendelton Rescue murals at Waseche Hall, USCG Academy, from 1-3 PM, then hear an Artist's Talk at the Custom House Maritime Museum at 3 PM with a reception. Space at the Custom House is limited, per fire marshal. Call 860-447-2501 to reserve your place. Admission $12, $8 NLMS members.  

11, Thursday at 7 PM, The Barriuallie Whalers in concert 
The Barriuallie Whalers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines consist of several men who have worked in longshore whaling in the past. Their home, Barrouallie (rhymes with "warily"), a fishing and farming community on the leeward (west) side of the island of St. Vincent, West Indies, has a history and reputation as a blackfish (pilot whale) hunting center during the 20th Century. Within living memory, Barrouallie men pursued various types of whales from Yankee-style open 25-foot wooden whaleboats powered by sail and oar in a manner similar to that of 19th Century American whalemen. The Barrouallie Whalers also are the last practitioners of a unique Eastern Caribbean musical tradition that accompanied their whaling activities. They call their a capella whaling songs "shanties." Tickets $10; $8 NL Landmarks, NLCHS, and NLMS members. The concert is in the tent!
Call 860-447-2501 to reserve your place.

​26, Thursday at 6:30 PM Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle  
THE ABOLITIONISTS (film) & discussion with Lonnie Braxton 
at Public Library of New London - free and open to the public
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites. New London Maritime Society's program at Public Library of New London is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
All events are free and open to the public.

THE ABOLITIONISTS - A small group of moral reformers in the 1830s launched one of the most ambitious social movements imaginable. Discussion leader:Lonnie Braxton 
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


JULY

14-18, Monday through Friday (2 different sessions)  6:30 to 7:30 PM, Cross-Cultural Music Meditation Workshop with Jin Hi Kim
Jin Hi Kim, a Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition and internationally acclaimed innovative komungo (Korean fourth century fretted board zither) virtuoso, received an FY14 Arts Catalyze Placemaking - Arts Leadership grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), in partnership with New London Maritime Society. The grant allows Ms. Kim to present her innovative Cross-Cultural Music Meditation Workshop (CCMM) in New London in spring 2014.

The meditation practice builds on the historic universal role of music as an essential social, spiritual, healing and entertaining/celebratory function in society. "Music always has been deeply spiritual connection with people," says Jin Hi Kim."I feel very rewarded that this workshop has been so meaningful to a wide range of participants including inner-city students, clients at hospital, adults in general, and corporations who are looking for wellness in the lives of their employees." 



SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS
Race Rock Light, curated by Pierce Rafferty 
Opens July 5, 2014.


PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS
AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom
a new permanent exhibition

Vintage Dive Helmets on loan from Jay Kane, of Shoreline Diving, and dive historian Ed Uditis. 

One Small Boat by David McCulloch
Our favorite small-boat builder, David McCulloch of Old Lyme, has brought in three of his hand-built boats. The 14-foot paddle canoe, designed by Jon Persson of Essex, weighs 39 pounds. The 12-foot kayak, with a heat-shrunk aircraft dacron cover, is David's own design and weighs just 20 pounds! Are they canoes or kayaks? Read David's answer click >> here.


Montesi Ship Models
On view in our Lower Level Dan Wolverton Ship Model Gallery.




The Custom House Maritime Museum is OPEN all year!
January through March, we're open Thursday through Sunday from 1—5 PM, & by appointment - call: 860-447-2501. 

April through December, museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday), from 1—5 PM, & by appointment - call: 860-447-2501. 

Admission is $5, free for NLMS members and children age 14 and under, and by donation, only, every Sunday! Be sure to visit our Museum Shop for books & gifts with New London maritime & special exhibition themes.
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