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. $35.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! 
$35.

​JULY
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  


AUGUST  
See FULL SUMMER EVENTS SCHEDULE HERE!

   Saturday August 2
  Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 - space available most tours
  Shennecossett Yacht Club Lighthouse Regatta. FREE
  Ledge Lighthouse tour, 2 1/2 hours, 2:30 PM $35 - some space available 
  Sunset Lighthouse Tour, 55 minute $35 NEW  
  Night Time Lighthouse Tour, 55 minutes, 9 PM, $35 NEW


   Sunday August 3
  Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 - space available most tours
  John Roberts Concert, 2 PM -- FREE sponsored by Veolia Water -
  NL Water Authority at the Custom House Maritime Museum.


   Friday August 8 
  Full-Moon Lighthouse Tour. 9 PM. SOLD OUT

    Saturday August 9
  Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 - space available most tours

  Nimble Arts Circus juggling workshop 2-3 PM, fee $15  
  brownpapertickets.com
  Nimble Arts Circus - two free performances on Parade Plaza at 4 & 
  6:30 PM -- performances are FREE sponsored by NLMS (us!), the 
  CIty of New London, & Veolia Water - NL Water Authority

  Full-Moon Lighthouse Tour. 9 PM. $35 - SOLD OUT

    Sunday August 10
  Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 - space available most tours
  Full-Moon Lighthouse Tour. 9 PM. $35 - Sold Out

  ​ Friday August 15
  Plum Island Tour, 7 AM $35 - Sold Out

   Saturday August 16
  Fishers Island Excursion 10 AM to 2 PM. $60 - space available
  Excursion to Fishers Island to view Coming and Going exhibition 
  with lunch at the Pequot Inn. 10 AM to 2 PM. Taking the Fishers island 
  Ferry from New London. $60. Limited to 15.  

  Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 - space available most tours
  Ledge Lighthouse tour, 2 1/2 hours, 2:30 PM $35 - space available
  Night-Time Lighthouse Tour, 9 PM, $35 - SOLD OUT

   Sunday August 17
  Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 - space available most tours
​ 
  John P Holland, Irish-born 'Father of the Modern Submarine', with 
  Jim Gallagher, 2 PM. The 100th anniversary of the death of John P. 
  Holland, "Father of the Modern Submarine", who died on August 12, 
  1914, will be recognized by the John P. Holland Division of the Ancient 
  Order of Hibernians (AOH) at New London Maritime Museum.
  Tickets www.brownpapertickets.com, search 'submarine'. $12,  
  $8 NLMS, AOH members.

   Saturday August 23
  Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 - space available most tours
  Night-Time Lighthouse Tour, 9 PM, $35 - one seat left

    Sunday August 24
  Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 - space available most tours

​ just added - Book Talk The History of Plum Island, 2 PM $12, $10 members

  Few islands are as little known or as misunderstood as Plum Island, New        York. 
  Over time, the unfamiliarity with Plum Island has given rise to legends and tall 
  tales. But, the facts are even more fascinating than the folklore. Now, for the 
  first time, the history of Plum Island has been collected and made available to 
  readers. This book is intended to let Plum Island tell its own story and reveal 
  the many previously undocumented realities and personalities that have 
  combined to define it--and the forces now at work toward directing its future.

  Ruth Ann Bramson, Ph.D. is a retired university professor who splits her time 
  between Boston, Massachusetts and East Marion, New York. Regularly 
  passing Plum Island by ferry, she developed a curiosity about the island and 
  began researching and lecturing about its history. She is the author, along with 
  Geoffrey Fleming and Amy Folk, of this new book.
​  
  Saturday August 30 - LABOR DAY WEEKEND
  Excursion to Fishers Island to view Coming and Going exhibition with lunch at the Pequot Inn. 10 AM to 2 PM. Taking the Fishers Island Ferry from New London. $60   Limited to 15. 
  Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 - space available
  Ledge Lighthouse tour, 2 1/2 hours, 2:30 PM $35 - space available

   Sunday August 31 - LABOR DAY WEEKEND
  Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 - space available most tours

SEPTEMBER
21, Sunday, Celebrate the beginnings and history of U.S. Customs and Border Protection during a 225th Anniversary Presentation  “Celebrating our History, Building our Future.”


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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