Custom House Maritime Museum

  • 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
  • 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.
  • For more information, call us at (860) 447-2501

Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America & the Sea

  • 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
  • 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.

Nautilus Historic Ship Museum see Submarine Force Museum below

Old Lighthouse Museum

  • 7 Water Street Stonington, CT 06378 (Stonington Village)
  • The lighthouse was once the beacon for the many vessels approaching Stonington's harbor from L.I. Sound.
  • In 1840 the original structure was dismantled and the materials used to build a new tower and keepers dwelling on the present site.
  • The Lighthouse has been owned and operated by The Stonington Historical Society since 1927.
  • It is open 10 to 5 from May 1 to Oct. 31.
  • (860) 535-1440

Submarine Force Museum

  • 1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT 06340
  • The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy and maintains the world's finest collection of submarine artifacts.
  • The museum traces the development of the "Silent Service" from David Bushnell's Turtle to the modern Virginia class submarines.
  • It is also home to Historic Ship NAUTILUS, open to the public as the first and finest exhibit of its kind in the world, providing an exciting, visible link between yesterday's Submarine Force and the Submarine Force of tomorrow.

U. S. Coast Guard Museum

  • 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320
  • The U. S. Coast Guard Museum is the Coast Guard's official museum.
  • The museum exhibits a variety of objects representing the history, missions, and traditions of the Coast Guard as well as the service's five predecessor agencies:
Revenue Cutter Service
Life-Saving Service
Lighthouse Service
Steamboat Inspection Service
Bureau of Navigation
  • The museum is located on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
  • Admission is free
  • A photo I.D. is required to enter the campus.
Mystic Seaport
Custom House Maritime Museum
Submarine Force Museum
Old Lighthouse Museum