Membership, Giving & Rental
​January through March, we're open four days a week, Thursday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 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.

SEAL WATCH boat trips
Sunday, March 1, 10 AM -12:30 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2 - 4:30 PM

All trips feature cookies & hot chocolate & free admission to the Custom House Maritime Museum! The boat leaves from downtown New London's City Pier.
Find out more and buy tickets:

Lighthouse volunteer meetings - Sunday, March 29 at 1 PM
(also) Wendesday, April 1 at 10 AM.

Matt Beaudoin,of Mystic Knotwork, artist talk
Sunday, March 29, at 2 and 4 PM 
Matt Beaudoin will give two identical artist talks about maritime knots and his grandfather's passion for knotting at the Custom House. Free.
This winter, we're exhibition the extravagant rope work of two generations of local maritime knotters.
Please call 860-447-2501 to reserve your seat at either the 2 or 4 PM presentation.
Space is limited to 40 guests per talk.

It's the new season! 
We are back open six days a week: Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 PM.

Lighthouse Volunteer meeting
Wednesday, April 1, at 10 AM. All are welcome. at the Custom House.

Tuesday, April 21, 1 to 4 PM - Jibboom Club #1 
Join Russ & Rob for good conversation, coffee and treats.
There will be a guest speaker. Donation is for refreshments, only.

​New London Welcomes the Amistad
May 1, details TBA

Bob Walser - Songs of Sea and Shore  Concert of Seagoing Musical Traditionsat the Custom House May 13, 2015, 7 PM
at the Custom House.
Tickets are $25, $20 for New London Maritime Society members, $15 for children age 14 and younger. In addition to the concert, wine, coffee and dessert will be served. Go to and enter 'Bob Walser' to reserve your seats, or call 1-800-838-3006.  .  

​We anticipate the formal Conveyance of New London Ledge Light will take place in mid-June. New London Maritime Society will receive ownership of the lighthouse from the federal government. Ledge Lighthouse will continue to be managed by the Ledge Light Foundation (as they have done since the 1980s). This means that the three major lighthouses leading into the historic port of New London, Race Rock, Ledge, and Harbor Lights, will be owned by a single, local entity: us!.

5th Annual Sentinels on the Sound - New London Lighthouse Celebration
​Details to be announced in mid-April

Race Rock Light, curated by Pierce Rafferty 

Alton Beaudoin & Mystic Knotwork 
A Family of Knotters

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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