Saturday., September 14
Take our  excursion to Fishers Island  to view the 2019 exhibitions 'Against the Tide: Prohibition on Land and at Sea, 1919-1933', and 'The English Springer Spaniel on Fishers Island', both curated by Pierce Rafferty, at the Henry L.Ferguson Museum. A light lunch will be provided.

We thank our Friends and Sponsors
John Steffian, Jr., the Maco Family Fund

& our Lighthouse Logo business sponsors


Our year-long Third-Grade Local History Program, a partnership with the New London Public Schools and run by award-winning educator Jody Barthel, annually  brings the City's 300 third grade students to visit up-to six local historic sites.

New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM  l  150 Bank Street  l  New London, Connecticut  06320  l  860-447-2501  l   email
now on view 
Waterworks & Beeches: Denny Moers at the Custom House -- October 4 -- December 20, 2019

Kids Ahoy! Tracing the Nautical Influence on Children's Clothing, Toys, and Entertainment

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
Another way to view Sailfest fireworks  The Day 7.12.19

Seeing History   The Day  5.17.19

Whaling painting will stay where it belongs − New London -- Editorials  The Day 5.21.19

Whaling painting returns to New London  5.20.19

SunDay Cartoon  The Day 3.23.19

Lawsuits challenge tours of New London lighthouse
 The Day 3.18.19

Light up close in New London  The Day  3.16.19

New London Harbor Light Reopens After 4 Years

Historic New London Lighthouse Back Open for Tours
NBC Connecticut-Mar 3.13.19

Closed since 2015, Harbor Light to reopen to the public   The Day  3.12.19

New London urging Citizens Bank to save historical artifacts   The Day  3.10.19

Connecticut, New York lawmakers, environmentalists push to protect Plum Island  The Day  2.20.19

‘Yankee thrift’: Groton home incorporates bits of 19th century luxury steamboat  The Day 12.27.18

‘Nutcracker’ production a force for good in community  The Day  11.24.18

Judge clears path for public access to New London Harbor Light   The Day 10.10.18

Ledge Light tour offers brush with the paranormal  The Day  9.23.18

Pirate book author: rum and plundering, but no plank walks, The Day, 9.16.2018.

Maritime Society offering tours of New London Ledge Light  The Day  7.11.18

Norwich Native Son credits family, coaches, scout leaders and teachers for his success  The Day 5.30.18

Custom House celebrates National Maritime Day   The Day 5.15.18

Kindness in Real Life: Charley Moss donation boosts Maritime Society collection  The Day 3.4.18

​Rare embroidered ship portraits make their way to New London’s Custom House  The Day 3.92.18

Neighbor settles long running suit over New London lighthouse  The Day 2.2.18

Stephen Jones leads Sunday Maritime cruise to Block Island  The Day 11.3.17

For the first time the public can tour Race Rock Light  NEWS 8 video 8.25.17

Race Rock Lighthouse up-close  The Day 8.24.17

Tours open at Race Rock Lighthouse  The Day video 8.24.17

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New London Maritime Society is a New London-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You may make a donation online (above), or by mail.
At the Maritime Museum, you will discover the enormous effect that the maritime world has on our daily lives. 
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None of what we do at the Custom House would be possible without your support.
The work of the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from Community Development Bock Grants,the Bodenwn 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. 

Please support New London Maritime Society - a small, independent, community nonprofit - preserving three lighthouses & telling the stories of the local waterfront.

​Thank you for coming out to New London Ledge Lighthouse. Tours to this lighthouse have ended for the season.
Thanks to your donations, architects Walter Sedovic & Jill Gitthelf, visited Race Rock Lighthouse on Thursday, July 25. Walter and Jill are making an architectural assessment of the building to guide our preservation work. FOX 61 reporter Jim Altman, also along, created a 'Day Trippers' segment on visiting RR. Above, our latest group visited the lighthouse on August 31, 2019. photo: Donna Owens

Our rooftop New London HarborCam is now live with over 194,500 views since July 10. Thanks to our anonymous donor for this exciting transformative gift.

The Custom House is available for  
private rentals.  
Meetings, weddings, birthdays, 
GALAS, retreats.  
Call 860.447.2501
- Autumn update -
Severe summer storms have caused serious new roof leaks at the Custom House. As a result, the US Customs office is temporarily closed to visitors.
Those same storms, however, have allowed our new Briney Bank garden to flourish!
Waterways & Beeches
Denny Moers  -- October 4--December 20, 2019
 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

Hours: Wednesday-- Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
Contact: 860.447.2501  email   
$7 AdmissionFree for NLMS members, children age 14 and younger, USCG cadets, active-duty military & their families. If you require accommodations due to a disability please email us to discuss your needs. The request should be provided with enough time to reasonably set up the accommodation. 
Stay tuned: Channel 3 anchor Mark Zinni's Halloween Eve story on Ledge Light runs Wednesday, October 30 between 4:30 and 6:30 PM. It also will be posted at and on the Channel 3 app.