CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM  150 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut  06320 -  phone: 860-447-2501 fax: 860-447-8086
The Custom House Maritime Museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
April through December, we are open Tuesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5pm or by appointment. January through March, we are open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.
Call: 860-447-2501 for information.

May is National Historic Preservation Month!

   Catch our new exhibition
< Sgott MacKenzie's Further Adventures of the Giant Squid & the Seagull
   Sgott will read from his new book on Saturday, May 19, from noon to 4 PM.

Sign up NOW for Monday, June 4, 2012
Join NLMS for a Colonial Newport Walking Tour.
A tour of 18th-century architecture and history and a visit to Doris Duke's incredible 17th-18th century furniture collection in an 1811 mansion with magnificent gardens, and to the Redwood  - the oldest lending library in the country. A terrific lunch at the Black Pearl is included. Member price $80, non-members $95. Call 860-447-2501 for reservations.

We have a 2nd trip planned
Sign up NOW for Tuesday, June 26
Join NLMS to visit Boston and the USS Constitution, a destroyer and the Lightship Nantucket, in advance of OpSail's 1812 Celebration. Yes, a great lunch also is included.
Call 860-447-2501 or email Jennifer for reservations.

< Jon Buller returns this summer with Cartooning for Kids, ages 7 & Up
Four Tuesdays: June 19, 26, July 3 & 10, 4 to 5 PM, fee $75, materials included.
Jon returns with his popular class on cartooning basics.
Call 860-447-2501 to register.
Read > Lighthouse Comix -- work from this spring's cartooning class with Jon Buller.

Every Wednesday, 5 to 6 PM, catch our TV show
CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MATTERS, on New London Metrocast cable, channel 25. Hosted by George Sprecace. Replayed on ComCast and Thames Valley on Fridays at 7 PM.on Channel 12. Our next guest, on May 16, is Dr. Nick Fischer, Superintendant of the New London Public Schools.

Arts Involvemrnt Narrows Student Achievement Gap.  Miller-McCune report, 3.39.12

Click right for our >>>  Object of the Week

Click right for our >>> Book of the Month

Make Mine Wine was great!
Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a fun & splendid evening! Thank you to George Sprecace, Harry Smith & John Desjardins for moving the models over to the theater & back, to Gay Clarkson & George for helping to round up silent auction items, to the Mystic Whaler, SailFest & Neff Productions, On the Waterfront, Muddy Waters Cafe, Alan Lyon & his kayaks, and John Johnson & OpSail, for providing silent auction prizes, and to those of our board of trustees & friends who attended the event. THANK YOU! And a special thank you to the Waterford Rotary for selecting the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum as a beneficiary of the event, and especially to organizers Aaron Rogovin, Anne Ogden and Karen Ward for their many hours of hard work!

< We sadly said goodby to Brandy Baltimore (near left) on Friday. A wonderful docent - volunteer - friend, Brandy is transferring with the Navy to Texas! We will miss her chheerful disposition and willing can-do attitude. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see what she made -- and left -- for us.  Thank you, Brandy, and GOOD LUCK!

New London Harbor Light Tours 
New London Harbor Light will open for visitor tours on Wednesdays in May and June, 2012. Space is limited to six visitors per tour and reservations are required. Visitors meet at the Custom House Maritime Museum at 1 and 3 PM. The tours raise funds for the restoration of New London Harbor Light--the oldest and tallest lighthouse on LI Sound. 
New London Harbor Lighthouse is located onshore, approximately three miles from the downtown, and offers breathtaking views over the Sound. According to the United States Coast Guard, at night more lighthouses can be seen from the lantern of this lighthouse than from any other place on earth.
Visitors receive a guided tour as they climb the 119 steps to the lighthouse lantern. Call 860-447-2501 to make a reservation. Suggested donation is $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 8 to 14.

New London Harbor Light also will open for three special lighthouse weekends this summer. These three weekends, the lighthouse will be approached by boat leaving from the Custom House Pier in downtown New London. ‘Project O’ also will be leaving from the Custom House Pier to bring visitors to Ledge Light & the new Ledge Light Information Center insode the lighthouse. Lighthouse Weekend dates are July 14-15, August 4-5, and September 1-2, 2012. Watch here for information about booking tours...

< New London native, artist Mark Shahsa will exhibit his work at the Custom House this summer. Moonjellies and Daydreams - The Art of Mark Shasha, opens July 14.

Summer Intern Sought – a Self-Starter who loves the Water
The Custom House Maritime Museum seeks a summer intern to work a flexible part-time schedule of Tuesday-Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours. A small stipend is available. Students have the opportunity to experience all aspects of a small community museum. Responsibilities will include assisting with summer special activities, such as the annual Chowda’ Fest and three Lighthouse Weekends. Students with a background in boating, maritime history, studio art, or business are encouraged to apply. Please send cover letter and resume to: Susan Tamulevich, director, Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320.

AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom
a new permanent exhibition at the site of the original Amistad events of 1839.
See New London Maritime Society's Amistad exhibition at United Nations headquarters, NYC, March 2010.  CLICK >> HERE.  Read the latest about Amistad America in The Day 1.23.12
International Day of Rememberance at the United Nations - March 25, 2012

Vintage Dive Helmets from Jay Kane, of Shoreline Diving, & dive historian Ed Uditis.

One Small Boat by David McCulloch Our favorite small-boat builder, David McCulloch of Old Lyme, has brought in one of his hand-built boats. The 12-foot boat, with a heat-shrunk aircraft dacron cover, is David's own design and weighs just 20 pounds! Is it a canoe or kayak? Read David's answer click >> here.

New in the MUSEUM SHOP >

We also carry
New London - opoly
& Lighthouse-keepers caps.

It's the Bicentenniel of the War of 1812
What happened 200 years ago TODAY?   
What's it like aboard the USS Constitution?

High School students: Win a chance to sail into New London harbor
aboard the USCG Eagle with OpSail 2012 Essay and Art Contest

The USCG & the War of 1812: Part II of VI, "Revenue Cutter Commodore Barry,"
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What is the World Beach (Sculpture) Project?

For all the events going on Downtown, visit the District Community Calendar.   

We co-sponsor our local Sea Scouts.

New London Maritime Society also is a proud sponsor of New London Local First.

New London Tides         New London Weather

Seafood WATCH - What seafood to buy now.

Learn more about the War of 1812.

Visit our sister Custom House in Newburyport, MA.

Remember: The Custom House is available for private rentals. Reserve party space now for Op-Sail 2012. NB: Per the fire marshall, our maximum occupancy is 49 people.
The New London Maritime Society/Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, the Connecticut Humanities Council, Dominion Foundation, the Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, the Community Foundation of Eastern CT, Veolia / New London Water Authority & and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends.
The Custom House Maritime Museum is a proud participant in the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their immediate families during the summer months.
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