With our impressive architectural design, tented courtyard and downtown waterside location, we are a venue unlike any other in New London. Offering a number of adaptable spaces and nearby parking, the Custom House Maritime Museum provides the ideal setting for any corporate event or private occasion.
To get more information on renting a space within the Museum, please contact Susan, who will be more than happy to discuss your ideas: 860-447-2501. We can provide catering & logistics help, too.
NB: per the fire marshall, our total capacity is 49.
Spaces for hire include the intimate Jibboom Room, large Crawford Gallery, or outdoor Tented Courtyard.
(PS - We'd love to be the setting for your next movie).
The Custom House Maritime Museum was designed by America's first federal architect, Robert Mills (1781-1855), who is best- known as creator of the national Washington Monument. Behind the museum's original granite exterior lies New London's most unexpected interior, every aspect of which reflects Robert Mill's architectural ingenuity and desire to create a truly fireproof setting for the City's US Customs office. Its gallery rooms are suitable for small or medium-sized dinners and receptions.
Maximum of 40 people
Pre-dinner drinks are served in the elegant Ingoldsby W. Crawford Gallery on the first floor, which contains exhibitions on architect Robert Mills, the US Customs Service, and New London-area Lighthouses.
Optional pre-dinner short guided tours of the ground floor rooms can be given by our museum docents.
Dinner is served in the second floor Lucille Showalter Gallery. With views out across the Thames River to Groton, the gallery contains an exhibition on the Amistad incident.
Small dinners, for 12 people or less, may be held in the intimate, vaulted brick, lower-level Archibald Chester Reading Room.
Receptions - Summer events incorporating both the outdoor courtyard and the museum, only
Maximum of 100 people
These take place in our outdoor tented courtyard the also include access to the first floor main Gallery.
Guests may wander through the ground floor rooms of the Museum and visit the lower-level vaulted-brick Archibald Chester Reading Room and Daniel Wolverton Ship Model Hall.
We offer a 50% discount on rental rates for memorial or community events.
We recommend a visit to the museum - not only will this permit you to see the interiors, but will enable you to discuss your precise requirements. For an appointment or more information please contact Susan Tamulevich on (860) 447-2501.
The event was an employee orientation and “get to know the boss” session for the Connecticut employees of Salient Federal Solutions of Fairfax, Virginia. Salient Federal Solutions is a worldwide company supporting government agencies in the areas of systems engineering, information technology, and intelligence. The President/CEO Brad Antle said the maritime museum was a “…perfect venue for our orientation”.
David Lersch, Sailent Solutions