Our monthly OpenMic welcomes performers of all kinds. Share your original music, poetry, prose, stand-up, or just say what is on your mind. Bring your bongos. Perform, join in, or just enjoy. Admission by donation.
Northeast Aerial Imaging
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
Anonymous,Nick Korstad, John Steffian, Jr., The Maco Family Fund, DOCKO, the State of Connecticut, CtHumanties, USLHS, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Chelsea Groton Bank, the City of New London , IMLS, United Rentals, & CDBG
New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM l 150 Bank Street l New London, Connecticut 06320 l 860-447-2501 l email
A history of the Customs
service and its influence on
the Port of New London,
important artifact may well
be the building, itself.
in 1833 as New London's
U.S Custom House, designed
by architect Robert Mills.
NL's Custom House
opened in 1835. The
building has been the
museum's home since 1983.
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The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
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Saving our local maritime heritage sites through education, advocacy, & preservation.
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.
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
$7 Admission; $5 Children age 7 to 14; Free for NLMS members, New London students & their families (with local ID), 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.
The Custom House is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM and Saturdays from 10AM until 5 PM.
We practice COVID-19 safety. Everyone wears masks!
Claudia Kenyon spoke
at the December 2021
JIBBOOM CLUB meeting.
Listen to her tales of the
We Stand With Black Lives Matter
New London Maritime Society stands with others for equity and justice, and in denouncing racism, intolerance, and exclusion. We will pursue cultural consciousness throughout our organization through substantive learning and transparent policies. We will dismantle any inequities within our policies, programs, and services; and we will commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, and advisory bodies.
The Custom House Maritime Museum strives to be a place where the entire community can learn from our shared history in order to build a more just & compassionate future.
NLMS acknowledges that the land, Nameeg, meaning fishing place, is the territory of the Western Nehântick, Mohegan, and Pequot, who have stewarded this land for generations. We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land and its waterways, and aspire to do better to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.
AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom -- a permanent exhibition at the site of the original Amistad events of 1839.
Kids Ahoy! Tracing the Nautical Influence on Children's Clothing, Toys, and Entertainment
Vintage Dive Helmets
from two private collections: Jay Kane and Ed Uditis
of New London Maritime History
In everything we do, we work to support our community.
In 1983 NLMS was formed by citizens who who stopped an impending federal sale and kept NL's US Custom House intact & accessible. That's still who we are.
We believe in preserving our community's historic maritime structures. We believe in defending access to our local landmarks. We believe in free museum admission for New London students & their families!
Today we run a local maritime history museum, provide a free education program in NL Public Schools, and preserve three lighthouses.
Thanks to a grant from the State of Connecticut, we commenced masonry work at New London Harbor Light November 17. In May, landscaper Patrick Bibeau planted the granite beds built by stone mason Thaler Hefel.
We'll keep you posted on all developments!
Wine Tasting at the Lighthouse Inn, & Online Auction
Date TBD due to the recent fire.
Join us to relaunch New London’s newly renovated Inn, which was closed for over a decade. Salute its devoted champions Alwyn Christy and Ned Hammond. Ed Cramer of Gordon’s Yellow Front Wines & Liquors presents the wine tasting as a fundraiser for us. https://lighthouseinn.bpt.me/ SOLD OUT
Event postponed - date TBD
In May we go from April's discussion of modern nuclear subs to the very beginnings of the US Navy when Historian Eric Jay Dolin presents his new book, Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution.
The heroic story of the founding of the U.S. Navy during the Revolution has been told before, yet missing from most maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels, from 20-foot whaleboats to 40-cannon men-of-war, that truly revealed the new
Sunday, May 29, 6 to 9 PM
OpenMic at the Museum
Our monthly open mic welcomes performers of all kinds. Share your original music, poetry, prose, stand-up, or just say what is on your mind.
Bring your bongos, perform, or just sit back & enjoy. Everyone wears masks!
OpenMic meets from 6-9 PM on the last Sunday of the month.
Tuesday, May 24, 1:30 pm
JIBBOOM CLUB #1
EXHIBITIONS now on view
Meet at the lighthouse, then climb 116 steps to the lantern room -- all the while learning about the 261-year history of Harbor Light, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country, and the tallest on Long Island Sound. The views at the top are spectacular!
The visit takes around 45 minutes. Everyone uses hand sanitizer and we all wear masks. Book a tour for one small Covid pod of up-to four people. Our MUSEUM SHOP offers all kinds of unique gifts. We have an extensive selection of books on maritime, local history, Freedom, and lighthouse topics. See what's NEW.
Our gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, your purchases support the museum exhibitions & educational programs.
We're happy to report that the Museum has joined Museums for All to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.
The program encourages those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits to visit the Museum for free. There is no limit to how many times a person can visit, and the free admission is good for up to four people per visit with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
Let's Do It! Let's Wash the Lighthouse! In 2014, local lighthouse lovers came together to restore & repaint New London Harbor Light. Eight years on, the white paint is looking a little green! Please help us in getting this local landmark -- the oldest and tallest lighthouse on Long Island Sound -- clean and bright. This spring, we're landscaping the lighthouse grounds, thanks to a 'Good to Great' state of Connecticut grant. By summer, the site will be transformed. We don't want to leave the lighthouse itself behind! Please donate!
We are investigating the safest and best cleaning methods and believe cleaning costs will be $4,500. We would like to have the cleaning done in May. As of May 22 we are over half-way there -- with $2,940!
nation’s character―above all, its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos. In Rebels at Sea, best-selling historian Eric Jay Dolin corrects that significant omission, and contends that privateers, though often seen as profiteers at best and pirates at worst, were in fact critical to the Revolution’s outcome. Armed with cannons, swivel guns, muskets, and pikes―as well as government documents granting them the right to seize enemy ships―thousands of privateers tormented the British on the broad Atlantic and in bays and harbors on both sides of the ocean. Abounding with tales of daring maneuvers and deadly encounters, Rebels at Sea presents the American Revolution as we have rarely seen it before. We hope to see you there!
The Wine Tasting event at the Lighthouse Inn & Online Auction are postponed for now,
due to the recent fire. We will have a new plan very soon.