New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM  l  150 Bank Street  l  New London, Connecticut  06320  l  860-447-2501  l   email
two shows on view extended through September 10, 2017
Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines:
Maritime Photos from The Day's Photojournalists,  by Tim Cook, Dana Jensen, Tim Martin & Sean Elliot.

Stars and Lighthouses - LIS, by David Zapatka 

AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom  
a permanent exhibition at the site of the original Amistad events of 1839.

Vintage Dive Helmets 
from two private collections:  Jay Kane and Ed Uditis.

The 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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NLMS in the NEWS
NL maritime society still seeking access to lighthouse   The Day May 25, 2017

Lighthouses once guided ships, now bring in the tourists, Fox-TV 4.24.17

Artist named NL Maritime Society’s ‘New Volunteer of the Year’ The Day 12.13.16

New leader could open path to ending Harbor Light dispute The Day 12.11.16

Former Coast Guard commander leads New London Maritime Society The Day 12.6.16

If I had a hammer  The Day 12.5.16

Peter Yarrow bringing the power of music to Groton benefit  The Day 12.1.16

Government auction nets $612K for three Connecticut lighthouses  Crain's Connecticut 10.12.16

A local history lesson aboard the schooner Amistad
Local News  The Day 10.4.16
The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!

Watch the scaffolding go up!
Video: Restoring the Lighthouse The Day 7.23.14

In 2013, the US Postal Service made a video about New London Harbor Light.  See it HERE.

See our Video about Race Rock Light Station 

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     New London Maritime Society -- nicely nautical

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 CTVeolia / New London Water Authority,  &  and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends. 
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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.
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THANK YOU! None of what we do at the Custom House would be possible without your support. 

Support NL Maritime Society
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.

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nicely nautical ~ totally Thames.
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.

Remember: The Custom House 
is available for  private rentals.  

Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.
Our lighthouse boat tours start again August 6.
SUNSET BOAT TOURS​ - Twilight is a magical time to be on the water. Explore the region's lighthouses -- as the sun sets -- with the one who knows them best. Sign up at

We also have FULL MOON TOURS 
see the lights as they were built to be seen

and Day-time New London LIGHTHOUSE TOURS
may be chartered for small groups (3 to 6), or large (12 to 30). 
Call 860-447-8700 to arrange your charter tour.

 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

The Prize that Got Away - the History of Fishers Island's Tangled Relations with the Mainland                                               Sunday, September 24, at 2 PM
                                    at the Custom House.

Pierce Rafferty, director of Fisher's Island's Henry L. Ferguson Museum, explains it all, including border line disputes, secession and annexation attempts, and the lobster war.
NLMS members $10, all others $12. Call 860-447-2501 for reservations. You also may show up at the door.

Local History - Book Talk, with Gail MacDonald 

Morton F. Plant - Shaping the Connecticut Shoreline 
Sunday, August 27, 4 PM

Copies of the book are available in the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP.
Purchase a ticket to the event along with your book and receive a $4 discount.
Tickets $12, $10 for NLMS members.

a special FREE performance, sponsored by Veolia Water
Joseph Smith, Performing Artist of Living History
A Candid Conversation with Augustin Fresnel
August 20, Sunday, 2 PM. at the Custom House.

Joseph Smith, the recipient of a 2016 Staten Island Arts Fund Grant, will present an original living-history portrayal of Augustin Fresnel,1788-1827, the French inventor of the Fresnel lens. His Fresnel performance was the highlight of our 2017 Lighthouse Conference.
Based on his revolutionary theory of light behaving like a wave rather than as particles, Augustin developed the multiple glass prism shapes that made up a lens able to capture 85% of the light emitted by the light source, & project a light beam in a lighthouse over 25 miles.

This is a free presentation in honor of National Lighthouse Day (August 7).
Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. You may reserve your seat by calling 860-447-2501.
The performance is sponsored by a Veolia / New London Water Authority grant.

Jibboom Club #1 GAM - Kevin Farrar Talks Sail Making
Tuesday, August 15, at 1 PM

The Jibboom Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month. 
Join Russ and Rob for a speaker's program, coffee, and cookies; donations for refreshments only. 
Kevin Farrar is a sailmaker, skilled sailor, and boat builder. His sail loft, Farrar Sails, has been located in New London, in the former Monte Cristo Garage at 6 Union Street, since 1999. For the August Jibboom Club, Kevin Farrar will give a tour of Farrar Sails and explain the process of designing and fabricating custom sails.
We meet at the Custom House, 150 Bank St. 860-447-2501.