Membership, Giving & Rental
April through December we are open Wedesday through Sunday, from 1 -5 PM. 
January through March we are open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.

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 $7 suggested donation for all others. Admission is by donation on Sunday.

6 Sunday, 2 PM -- Talk & Tour - Amistad Anniversary Event
New London Maritime Society (NLMS) invites the public to attend a Talk & Tour with NLMS head docent Bill LaRoue and guest art historian Laura Macaluso to mark the 175th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision setting the Amistad Africans free. The event is FREE for NLMS members and included with the $7 museum admission for all others. There is no need to preregister.

15​ Tuesday, 1 - 4 PM -- JIBBOOM CLUB # 1 
Join Rob & Russ for good conversation, coffee and treats.
The Jibboom Club meets monthly, April through November, on the third Tuesday of the month for a speaker's program, coffee, cupcakes, and good conversation. Donation for refreshments, only.  

9 Saturday, 7 PM -- Celebrate Ellery Thompson's 117th Birthday
a fund-raiser to restore Racing to Market
See details and register at

19​ Tuesday, 1 - 4 PM -- JIBBOOM CLUB # 1 
Join Rob & Russ for good conversation, coffee and treats.
April's guest speaker is Rob Groves, who helped to build the NR-1.
The Jibboom Club meets monthly, April through November, on the third Tuesday of the month for a speaker's program, coffee, cupcakes, and good conversation. Donation for refreshments, only.  

​20 Wednesday - three lighthouse events  ​

1.) 12 noon to 4 PM - Long Island Sound Lighthouse Symposium 

2.)  Dinner with Eric Jay Dolin fund-raiser (limited to 12, $100 donation includes signed Brilliant Beacons, dinner, and the book event) Call 860-447-8700 to register.

3.) 7:30 PM - special Evening with Eric Jay Dolin, author of Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse.  
Eric Jay Dolin is the award-winning author of When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, & Money in the Age of Sail; Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America; and Leviathan: The History of Whaling In America.
NLMS member $20, student $25, general admission $30.
Space is limited. Call 860-447-8700. 
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23  How to be a Cartoonist   10:45 AM  to  12 noon.
Taught by kids' book illustrator cartoonist Jon Buller.
At the Custom House Maritime Museum.
4 Saturdays: April 23, 30 and May 7 and 14.  Fee: $40

Sunday, 2 PM --  Brooks Kuhn lived on Race Rock Light (& National Geographic filmed it)! 
In 2014, North Stonington Jack-of-all-trades Brooks Kuhn was chosen for an unusual reality TV program, 'The Watch', from National Geographic. 'The Watch' put Books to live out on Race Rock Light Station, off Fishers Island, for one month. Her stay was documented with cameras in every room of the lighthouse.
For the first time, Brooks Kuhn will tell us what it was like to live at what National Geographic Television called: 'A lone anchor of heroic stone at the edge of Long Island Sound, just peering into the North Atlantic. Welcome to Race Rock Lighthouse'. Donation $14, NLMS members $10.
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21 Saturday, 7 PM -- Piano recital with Aymeric Dupré la Tour
​performing works by Franck and Ravel, along with American composers Edward MacDowell (Sea Pieces), and William Mason.Admission $15, $10 NLMS members and students.Space is limited. Call 860-447-2501.

24 Friday, 7 PM, 'An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed' - with artist Josie Iselin    Please join Josie Iselin as she reads from her book, 'An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed'. Josie will present her stunning imagery of ocean botanica and explain her unique process of using her flatbed scanner to capture the seaweed's underwater essence.  
Josie will continue with the fascinating biology of seaweed to explain its important place in our near-shore ocean environment. 
Please join us for a joyful comingling of art and science! Books will be available for signing. Admission $15, NLMS members $12 
Learn more & register at

226th Anniversary of the US Customs Service & the 180th Anniversary of New London's US Custom House. 

​Stars and Lights, night-time photographs of regional lighthouses, by David Zapatka. Lighthouses include New London Harbor, Avery Point, Stratford Point, Old Saybrook, and Lynde Point as well as Dutch Island from RI.The photographs will be installed by March 30, the opening is April 20.

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 $7, free for NLMS members and children age 14 and under. Be sure to visit our Museum Shop for books & gifts with New London maritime & special exhibition themes.
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