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!
Submarine Memorabilia from the Collection of Ed Uditis: 1940s through 1990s, with additional items from Axel Westerberg and the New London Maritime Society Collection. . 

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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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

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.

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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 CTVeolia / 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 Dec., 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. 
 We have a special section full of fun things for kids.    
 Everybody is welcome in the shop, you don't need a 
 museum ticket.

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.

Remember: The Custom House is available for private rentals.  

NB: Per the fire marshal, our maximum occupancy is 49 people indoors  and 100 people outdoors.
NLMS is nicely nautical & totally Thames
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 How to be a Cartoonist
cartooning classes for kids age 8 and up.
Four Saturdays - February 4, 11, 18, & 25 - 10:30 AM to 12 NOON  

This 4-week workshop is taught by kids' book illustator / cartoonist Jon Buller at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Fee: $40. Register online, by email, or call 860-447-2501. 

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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.

Sat. January 28, 4 PM - Violin & Harpsichord Recital
A Baroque Journey through the Enlightenment
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 Works by François Couperin, Joseph Bologne Saint-Georges, Johann Sebastian Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, and Jean-Marie Leclair played on period instruments and performed in the intimate Crawford Gallery of the Custom House Maritime Museum. The event is family-friendly. Register at, or call 860-447-2501.  
New London Maritime Society - nicely nautical.
2017 Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Scholarship for High School juniors and seniors - due February 28, 2017. Learn more HERE.