Custom House Maritime Museum
Located in the New London Custom House, the Custom House Maritime Museum includes period furniture and exhibits thanks to the New London Maritime Society, the organization that operates the museum. The building was erected in 1835, the peak of maritime trade for the city and a time when New London was the second greatest whaling port in the world. The grand architecture of the Custom House reflects the city's stature in the maritime trade and was designed by Robert Mills, the same architect who later designed the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Backstory and Context
The museum features exhibits that explore the city's rich maritime history. Numerous items are on display including ship models, lighthouse lenses and models, and other maritime-related objects and memorabilia. The museum also offers a variety of exhibits that change throughout the year along with educational programs.
Luyster, Constance. "New London Custom House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. October 15, 1970. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/b13233fd-6523-4009-a188-4e042c6301b9.
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