Sunday, October 30, 6-9 PM

Open Mic at the Museum

Open Mic meets from 6-9 PM on the last Sunday of the month at the beautiful Custom House Maritime Museum. Co-hosted by Kenny "Doc" Frazier and Christina Corcoran, our monthly open mic welcomes music, poetry, prose, stand-up or just say what is on your mind. Open to all ages and abilities for fun and camaraderie!

Bring you instruments, perform or just sit. back and enjoy!

THIS SUNDAY feel free to wear your favorite Halloween Costume! Why waste a chance to dress the way you would really like to dress all YEAR???

Best Costume Prize to be determined.

new in the SHOP

We have a terrific book selection in the Shop - for kids, teens, and adults. Newly arrived this week are Swedish dishcloths -- a stylish & affordable hostess gift; why not bring a couple along at Thanksgiving and pitch in with the cleaning-up!

Custom House Muesum SHOP

What's Up at the

Custom House

October 30, 2022

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The museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Wed. & Sat.,

and from 1 to 5 PM, Thurs., Fri. & Sun.

Photo: Sixth graders from Norwich visited last week.

We thank all our sponsors - ARPA - Bodenwein Foundation - Astor Place - Chelsea Groton Foundation - Community Foundation of Eastern CT - CT Humanities - CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts - Eleven+ - Frank Loomis Palmer Fund - Maco Family Fund - New London Cultural District - Robinson+Cole - State of CT - SVOG U.S. Small Business Administration - Veolia / NL Water Authority.

Saturdays & Sundays at 11 & 11:45 or by appointment

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 the 262-year history of Harbor Light, one of the oldest lights in the country, and the tallest on Long Island Sound. The 1865 4th-order fresnel lens remains in the lantern room. Views at the top are spectacular! Photo: fog and a tropical wind enveloped our visitors from New Jersey on Tuesday.


Tours take 40 minutes. Book a tour for up-to five people: click to sign up, or email to schedule a tour during the week. Tickets are $35, $30 for NLMS members, $25 youth through age 18. Sign up today! Photo, below: Tuesday's balmy breezes stirred up the birds at our beach beside the lighthouse.

Are You a Member of Charter Oak?

Please Donate to NLMS!

At this time of year, Charter Oak offers the unique opportunity to double your donation. Charter Oak will match your gift to NLMS up to $500!

It's easy to do: (1) fill out a short Charter Oak form (tax ID: 061086688), (2) donate to NLMS  in person, or mail us a check. Forms will be available at the Custom House desk.  To mail a check address and send it to:

New London Maritime Society

150 Bank Street. 

New London CT 06320

Are you a gardener?

We've buried spring bulbs beneath the cabbages in planters out front of the museum.

It's not too late to order your bulbs through Brent & Becky's Bloomin' Bucks; 25% of the cost will be donated to the New London Maritime Society.


Have fun, find gifts, & support the NL Maritime Society. Our gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, your purchases support museum exhibitions & educational programs.

Photo: we always have a good selection of these cute Japanese wooden animals in the Shop.

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This week at the Custom House...

It was kind of a mixed bag this week, with construction starting on the controversial six-story apartment building just down the block from the museum. It was an empty lot I'd hoped would become a park or playground, keeping the view of the harbor clear from Bank Street. But that is not to be. Work commenced by ripping out street trees at the back...

On a happier note, our board met in-person for the first time in over two years. To start off, everyone carpooled to Harbor Lighthouse to see for themselves the transformation our Good to Great grant delivered.

Back at the Custom House, Adrianna Bates, a longtime volunteer (and even longer-time friend) who joined the board a year ago, made a celebratory dinner for us all: we loved it! Adrianna works in Special Collections at Yale's Center for British Art. She'll be helping us with fundraising as well as with the collections.

Save the date: NLMS's Annual Meeting will take place Sunday, November 13, at 2PM.

Photo, below: Adrianna at work.

We're online & on facebook!

Watch New London HarborCam, our 24/7 eye on the harbor. We've had over 2.3 million viewers!

Photo: Watch for them: the morning glories are just starting to bloom atop the fence alongside the Custom House. Photo: Steve Hambey.

  • View Online Exhibitions of New London Maritime History from the Custom House Maritime Museum's Frank L. McGuire Library.

  • Facebook the Custom House SHOP for gifts with an extra feel good factor -- when you shop with us your purchases support our exhibitions, & educational programs.

Photo: What's your favorite boat? Here is one answer from a student in Christina Corcoran's third-grade Local History program this week.

  • Facebook Race Rock Lighthouse T.A. Scott built this lighthouse in the middle of the Race. Find links to the film & architects' report.

  • We're on Instagram! @nlmaritime

Photo, below: Our first in-person board meeting in over two years. NLMS trustees from left: Alan Lyons - treasurer, Adrianna Bates, Christina Corcoran - president, Regan Morse - secretary, Steve Hambey, and John Desjardins - vice-president.

Happy Halloween!

The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wed.-Sun., 1-5 PM, Sat. from 10 AM- 5PM.

150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 | 860-447-2501

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