Housed in a handsome, federal-style building, complete with vaulted ceilings, a flying staircase, heart-of-pine floors, and front doors made of wooden planks salvaged during the 1830 restoration of Old Ironsides, the Custom House Maritime Museum tells the story about New London's three century long connection to the sea through exhibits, educational programs, a maritime Lecture Series, and the Frank McGuire Maritime Research Library.
As a bonus, the government still maintains an active Customs Office on the top floor.
Mystic Seaport -- The Museum of America and the Sea -- is the nation's leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. Mystic Seaport houses a collection of more than two million objects.
The Museum also offers educational programs from pre-school through post-graduate, including daily Planetarium programs.