New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM l 150 Bank Street l New London, Connecticut 06320 l 860-447-2501 l email
The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
Two new shows are on view through March 2017
Paintings of Plum Island, by Jon Sargent
City of Ships, commercial ships in New York harbor, by Byron Huart
AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom
from two private collections: Jay Kane and Ed Uditis.
museum's most important artifact may well be the building, itself. Built
in 1833 as New London's U.S Custom House and designed by architect Robert Mills,
it has been the museum's home since 1983. New London's Custom House opened in 1835. It is the longest continuously-operating custom house in the country.
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The work of the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Connecticut Humanities Council, Dominion Foundation, the Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Community Foundation of Eastern CT, Veolia / New London Water Authority, & and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends.
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New London Maritime Society - open year-round
your local, independent, community museum,
telling the stories of New London's waterfront.
150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
Winter hours: January through March
Thursday-- Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
April through December
Wednesday--Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
Contact: 860.447.2501 email $7 Admission
Free for NLMS members, children age 14 and younger, USCG cadets, active-duty military & their families
Our museum shop offers all kinds of unique gifts.
Everybody is welcome in the shop, you don't need a
Visit the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP
No matter how the wind howls or the sea lashes, we see clear sailing ahead for our work preserving and promoting New London's maritime heritage.
NB: Per the fire marshal, our maximum occupancy is 49 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
We work every day to preserve our maritime stories.We strive to make learning enjoyable, even fun! And we aspire to have a positive effect on the entire community, for this generation & beyond. We cannot do it without you! Please support New London Maritime Society.
New London Maritime Society - nicely nautical.
2017 Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Scholarship for High School juniors and seniors -- applications are due February 28, 2017. Learn more HERE.
Build a Simple Lighthouse Model: for kids ages 5-12 Saturday Feb 25, 2017 1:00 PM
The class is taught by lighthouse author and historian, Elinor DeWire.
All materials provided.
Best for ages 5 to 12.
or call 860-447-2501.
Kids, especially, will enjoy this workshop about lighthouses that includes a presentation on different types of lighthouses and culminates in a hands-on activity building a paper cup lighthouse.
Plum Island Excursion with New London Maritime Society June 28, 2017, 7:30 AM to 2:15 PM
Visit a naturally beautiful, historically secretive location.
Plum Island is a de facto nature preserve lying just 10 miles off Connecticut's shore and about 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of Long Island in New York waters, an 840-acre island of mostly-undisturbed, lush wild habitat. Sign up HERE.
New London Maritime Society is a New London-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Make a donation here on the website or by mail.