Just a short walk from the New London waterfront, on Bank Street, is a terrific museum housed in a historic granite building. The Custom House Maritime Museum is great place to immerse yourself in New London’s rich seafaring past, and features numerous artifacts and exhibits, including original fog horns, Fresnel lighthouse lenses, ship models, paintings, and a great collection of antique dive helmets. The museum also maintains a large exhibit detailing the story of the Amistad mutiny and trial, which took place in New Haven following the ship’s impoundment in New London.
Believe it or not, the museum still functions as a working custom house—the oldest one in the country. And here’s another fun fact: the massive wooden doors of the museum’s front entrance were made from planks taken from the USS Constitution.
In the accompanying video, museum director Susan Tamulevich explains a bit about the museum and why it makes a great side trip for boaters who visit New London. Learn more about the museum by going to their website.
Watch the entire New England Boating TV episode of New London.