Marcus Milukas
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

​EXHIBITIONS​ now on view ​

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. NL's Custom House opened in 1835. It is the longest-operating custom house in the country. The building has been the museum's home since 1983.


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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

$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.  

Visit inside New London Harbor Lighthouse.   We give tours year-round.
Meet at the lighthouse, then climb 116 steps to the lantern room -- all the while learning about the 260-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. 
The Custom House is open Wednesdays through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM and Saturdays from 10AM until 5 PM.
We practice COVID-19 safety. Everyone wears masks!
Tuesday, November 16, 1:30 PM

JIBBOOM CLUB #1, meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund, the gatherings are FREE and open to all. 

ZOOM recordings 
The US Lighthouse Service and Women Lighthouse Keepers, Illustrated Lecture with historian Mary Rasa,hosted by the Henry L. Ferguson Museum in partnership with the New London Maritime Society – Custom House Maritime Museum, March 28.2021.

SHIPWRECKED, Coastal Disasters and the Making of The American Beach,with author Jamin Wells. Hosted by Pierce Rafferty, director Henry L. Ferguson Museum in partnership with the New London Maritime Society – Custom House Maritime Museum, Susan Tamulevich, executive director. January 31, 2021
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.
Matthew Male - My View from Great Gull Island: Photos from the Edge of the Sound 
through Spring 2021
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
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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.
NLMS president Christina Corcoran and friend Karter accepted a BIG check from Nancy Buckley of the Dominion Foundation on Wednesday. Christina taught our Third Grade Local-History & Landmarks program in the NL public schools last year -- on zoom! This grant will supplement our 2021-22 program and allow students to take a bus tour of all the local history sites they learned about. Our best wishes to Nancy, who retires this summer.

Wine Tasting at the Lighthouse Inn, & Online Auction
Date TBD.
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 and Liquors
presents the wine tasting as a fundraiser for New London
Maritime Society.  SOLD OUT

2021 Charter Oak Federal Credit Union Matching Gifts Program
Charter Oak is giving away $100,000 in 100 days by matching 
members' donations of up to $500 to the 501(c)(3) organization of 
their choice! Ends November 24, 2021 Matching Gifts Program
Claudia Kenyon will be our speaker when the
JIBBOOM CLUB #1 meets on Tuesday, November  16, at 1:30 PM. Claudia's family has worked on the waterfront in New London  and in the West Indies, for generations. One relative worked for the TA Scott Company and was involved with the Deutchland submarine incident. 
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.
Sunday, October 31, 6-9 PM, October 31.
OpenMic at the Museum
              Claudia will tell stories of her family and the NL waterfront, and invites audience members to share their maritime stories, too. This will be the last Jibboom gathering of the season. We also will present the event on zoom.
Sunday, November 7, 2 PM

38th ANNUAL MEETING it's on the ferry!

We're dedicating 2022 to preserving 
our three lighthouses! Come for the 
meeting, then stay aboard for a memorable t
our. $15 for NLMS members, $20 all others, $5 children ages 7-18. Register online 24/7  

We thank the Cross Sound Ferry for generously providing the boat.

Wednesday, November 3, 6:30 and 8 PM seatings

Cool down with some smooth jazz at our Custom House Soiree, when song stylist Lisa Marien performs with Bill 'Fox' Mills on guitar. Sit back an enjoy a mini-concert at the Custom House in a COVID-safe environment, all the while sipping prosecco and sampling delicious treats. There will be two 45-minute seatings, scheduled at 6:30 & 8 PM. Tickets are $40 each and strictly limited, $35 for NLMS members and $25 for youth ages 7-18 You'll love it! Sign up today