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The Custom House Maritime Museum

Closed Now: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Good history of the area

This little museum is the only one in the US that still operates as a Customs House and a museum... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2016
Susan O
New York, United States
Too small and no regular staff

Crammed full of interesting stuff. Take a chance it will be open. Staff all apparently volunteers... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
New London, Connecticut
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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! Exhibitions on lighthouses, the Amistad, US Customs, and the stories of the New London Waterfrint.
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150 Bank St, New London, CT 06320-6002
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

I had two teenagers with me and my husband and I were excited to hear about the history and details about the lighthouses, but our tour guide was so slow and boring, my kids just wanted to leave. It was odd.

Thank Pamela B
Reviewed 5 June 2018

On arrival was told permission was needed to photograph the facility's exhibits, however this person was not present, so this review is from all notes taken. The museum is lower & upper floors. Before joining a group of four other visitors I looked over a...More

1  Thank Jack L
Reviewed 30 September 2016

This little museum is the only one in the US that still operates as a Customs House and a museum. Our guide was full of stories and local color, often delving into a topic way beyond what we expected. Since we were his only visitors...More

2  Thank Susan O
Reviewed 12 August 2016

The museum is small, but the guides are friendly and bend over backwards to tell you anything they know - so it helps to be a proactive questioner when you are touring the museum. The price is a little steep in my opinion, but there...More

1  Thank Rebecca H
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Crammed full of interesting stuff. Take a chance it will be open. Staff all apparently volunteers. When they build the Coast Guard Museum they should empty this museum out. Nice building, awful traffic and no parking. No stores, just bars, Salvation Army and a great...More

1  Thank c0llegehill
Reviewed 24 April 2016

After going on the Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise, we stopped here - I just wanted to hit a gift shop, presuming they had one, and see if they had any New London area lighthouse bric-a-brac. I remembered the name of the place but had...More

1  Thank sullific
Reviewed 20 August 2015

We heard this was interesting, so took a side trip to see it. Unfortunately the hours listed were wrong...we arrived at 10 am expecting to see it, but found out (thanks to Trip Advisor) that the hours were 1-5 pm. There's nothing to do in...More

1  Thank Lisa P
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Some very interesting historical exhibits. I liked the deep sea diving helmets and suits. The highlight of it was the Amistad exhibit upstairs. The tour guide gives a nice history of the "slaves" taking over the ship and trying to sail back to Africa, being...More

Thank Robin L
Reviewed 9 July 2015

this place is really cool. steeped in the history of New London and the surrounding area, take your time and soak it all in. If I get the chance to come back, I will be here again.

Thank Pierce G
Reviewed 2 July 2015

They have many items dealing with boats and lighthouses. The staff is excellent. Not open on wed. Great gift shop.

Thank Irish451006
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