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Custom House Maritime Museum

New London Maritime Society - nicely nautical. NLMS owns three lighthouses and manages the Custom House Maritime Museum in downtown New London. Every summer, the Society presents Find your lighthouse!, sunset, full-moon, and other boat tours, classes, and special events.

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Explore the region's lighthouses with the one who know them best.  NLMS presents an expanded version of the Yankee Magazine award-winning 'Best Lighthouse Tour' aboard the 20-passenger Popeye.

This personal, 90-minute tour leave from downtown New London to cruise out six miles past Harbor, Ledge and Avery Point lighthouses to North Dumpling and Race Rock Lights. Along the way, see a submarine factory, two forts, a United States Coast Guard station, and Fishers Island. With luck, you may even spy some seals. Tours are on Saturdays,  from June 18 through October.

Find Your Lighthouse tours depart Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. from the floating pier behind the New London Train Station, at the foot of State Street in New London. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Reservations are recommended. Sign up here:   Adults $50, seniors $45, children (6-12) $35.

New London’s “Gem on the waterfront,” the Custom House Maritime Museum, was designed in 1833 by Robert Mills, this country’s first federal architect and designer of the national Washington Monument. A maritime museum since 1983, it houses a rich local maritime history collection, with exhibitions on local lighthouses, the Amistad story (some of which happened in New London), sailors' knots and New London's harbor. The buildings also still maintains a customs office, a workplace which is, in fact, the oldest continuously-operating customs office in the country.

The Maritime Society owns the three major lighthouse leading in to the historic port of New London: Race Rock, Ledge, and New London Harbor Lights. New London Harbor Lighthouse, the oldest and tallest on Long Island Sound, is located onshore, approximately three miles from the downtown, and offers breathtaking views over Long Island 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.


Pricing: $7 admission, USCG cadets, active-duty military and their families, and children 14 and younger free.

Other Amenities: Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours, Indoor Activity, Meeting/Event Facilities, Special Rentals

Dates of Operation: Year-round.



Custom House Maritime Museum
150 Bank St.
New London, CT 06320


Wednesday through Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment

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