Early morning on the 'Thames' -- or is it the Pequot River???

From the NL HarborCam -- This week we reached 3.6m views!

Photo, above: NL HarborCam Image from Jan 18, 2023 at 6:53 AM. Broken Sky, Temp: 43F (feels like: 40F), RH: 71%. Dew Point: 34F, Wind: 4.6mph W, Gust: ..Pressure: 29.65in, PCPN: hr 0in / day 0in.

What's Up at the

Custom House

January 22, 2023

Wed., 10 AM to 5 PM, Thurs. 1 to 4:15 PM, Fri., 1 to 5 PM, Sat. 1 0 AM to 5 PM Sunday 1-5.

In the dark days of winter, the museum closes early on Thursday -- at 4:15 PM.

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Please contribute to our ANNUAL FUND.

Photo, above: Sometimes the show is outside the museum: barge & tug Thursday morning.

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.

January 29, 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!

Photo: Performers at November's Open Mic at the Museum.

Sunday, February 19, 3 PM

a Presidents Day / Black History Month event

Book Talk: Robert Forbes on Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia Hear Rob Forbes interviewed by the New Haven Independent - with Paul Bass.

On Sunday, February 19, we welcome historian Prof. Robert Forbes for an in-person book signing to discuss his introduction, scholarship, and editorship of Thomas Jefferson's seminal work, Notes on the State of Virginia.

We will have Prof. Forbes's book for sale at the event.

Robert Pierce Forbes taught U.S. history at the University of Connecticut and was the founding associate director of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the author of The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America. He lives in New Haven, CT.

Sunday, February 26, 4 PM

a Black History Month event

Documenting VENTURE SMITH Project

& new exhibition


Join us on zoom when Chandler Saint discusses a new exhibition (opening Saturday, February 11 t 11 AM, at New Haven City Hall), as well as his recent work in Africa and the UK.

The Documenting Venture Smith Project launched on the 200th anniversary of VENTURE SMITH's death, 19 September 2005 by Co-directors David Richardson and Chandler B. Saint. Chandler Saint is the founder and President of the Beecher House Center for the Study of Equal Rights, in Torrington, Connecticut.

Saturdays & Sundays at 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!


Tours take 40 minutes. Book a tour for up-to five people: click to sign up online, 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, above: Harbor Light ca. 1920. Glass negative image. NLMS collection.

We've begun planning for summer '23, with visits to Race, Ledge, Harbor, and Little Gull Lights! Photo, below: from Marlin Bloethe, Sharing a throwback photo from Jan 21, 2018 of a snowy owl at The Race. Hope to see this winter guest this year.

Help us fund a

Preservation Plan for

New London Ledge Lighthouse

We've commissioned a Preservation Plan for New London Ledge Lighthouse, an icon of the region.

We've hit a plateau...

But at $5,000, we're halfway there! Won't you help us preserve this beloved historic landmark?

Join the campaign!

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This week at the Custom House...

Our Bank Street neighborhood is delightful. Saturday we had the assistance of four USCGA cadets: Annie, Nico, Brandon, and Christina. When at noon they opted for lunch at Noodles and Rice , we were greeted by Jenny, incense, and a remarkable array of beautiful food: it's the Lunar New Year!

Photo, above: at Noodles & Rice.

Photo, above: As a salute to the new year, we've added a collection of Chinese blue & white porcelain in the Shop.

You may remember: the roof took a bad turn over the Christmas weekend. But rather than live with galleries under plastic, we decided to accept the situation and do our best to carry on. On Saturday the cadets returned our US Customs office to a working exhibition. Meanwhile, we've hired architects Sedovic and Gotthelf to create a plan, Patricio is back on the roof, and ServPro dehumidifies are running in the attic.

The very sad news is that Sharon Plunkett, a real doer and frequent face in these email blasts, has died. No one had more energy, cheerfulness, or love for the Custom House.

--Susan Tamulevich

We're online & on facebook!

Photo, above: Dick and Maureen Fraser were at the wheel Wednesday afternoon. Maureen brought the coffee. We'd love to have you as a docent at the Custom House. It's fun. You'll meet interesting people, be an ambassador for the City, and learn a lot. Bring coffee and a friend!

  • 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.

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

Photo, above: Docent Steve Hameby with a visitor on Saturday.

  • We're on Instagram! @nlmaritime.

Hygienic XLIV Set for January 28 through Feburary 11th. Celebrating 44 Outrageous Years!

Photo, below: at Linda Hinz's piano recital last Friday evening.

Have a Sparkling Day!


The CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM is open 10 AM to 5 PM Wed., 1 to 5 PM Thurs. & Fri., 10 AM to 5 PM Sat., & 1 to 5 PM Sunday. .

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