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 landscaping work at New London Harbor Light in November, 2021. We ended June clearing out poison ivy at the entrance and planting periwinkle in the shaded front section of the property. The three new cedars did not survive and will have to be replaced in the fall, but the grasses are already 6" above the planters' back wall.
What's next? A Go Fund Me campaign will allow us to Wash the Lighthouse some day soon. Our next fundraiser will be to install a proper gate rather than a chain across the front. To cap it off, we'll also need a sign.
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
On July 19, the JIBBOOM CLUB presents commercial diver Jay Kane, who will talk about his experiences raising wrecks and working in the watery depths. Jay's collection of vintage dive equipment is on view at the Custom House.
Sunday, July 31, 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, July 19, 1:30 pm
JIBBOOM CLUB #1
EXHIBITIONS now on view
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.
The Wine Tasting event at the Lighthouse Inn & Online Auction are postponed for now, due to the recent fire. We are working with the Inn & will have a new plan very soon.
The NL HarborCam is back -- just installed & online as of 6.16.22. Take a look! We now have the ability to pan and zoom the camera. Our thanks to everyone who contributed to replacing our eye on the harbor!
Come 'on! Visit inside two great New London Lighthouses!
Trips in July for NL kids & parents are just $5, thanks to a grant from the NL Water Authority/Veolia.
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! Book a tour online or email to schedule. Book it now -- There are just six spots on each trip. SOLD OUT
We received a CT Summer at the Museum grant!
This grant provides free admission for all CT children aged 18 and under and one adult caregiver between July 1, 2022 and September 5, 2022, with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.
We received a Veolia/NL Water Authority grant!
This grant allows us to offer $5 tickets to New London children & parents to visit inside Ledge and Harbor Lights in July, 2022. We also have a limited number of free scholarship tickets for NL youth & parents, thanks to a generous donor. Sign up here for Harbor Light, or Ledge Light