Make Summer 2015 your time to explore the maritime art and culture of southeastern Connecticut through exciting exhibitions of art and artifacts, special events and performances, and popular excursions on the river and sound.

The Florence Griswold Museum received funding from the Connecticut Office of the Arts to promote this summer and fall’s activities at three museums—the Custom House Maritime Museum (New London), the Connecticut River Museum (Essex), and the Florence Griswold Museum. Through the project, the museums will promote their exhibitions, programming, and special events that highlight Connecticut’s rich maritime heritage.



Old Lyme, CT

Florence Griswold Museum

This summer the Museum honors Connecticut’s contributions to the history of maritime travel and trade with the exhibition, All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York. On view through September 20, 2015. All the Sea Knows reveals the diverse ways the sea has been depicted in American art and its connections to the Connecticut shore. A special gallery unites for the first time, paintings from MCNY’s collection with selections from the Museum’s collection that depict ships of the Black X Line. In addition, heartfelt letters to Captain Griswold from his wife provide insight into the lives of sea captains and those left behind, as well as how the shipping industry affected the entire shoreline community. Read more about exhibition…

New London, CT

Custom House Maritime Society

The Custom House tells the stories of the region’s waterfront. New on view this summer are exhibitions Kid’s Ahoy and 180 Years at New London’s US Custom House. Summer-long Sentinels on the Sound programs celebrate Long Island Sound and our local lighthouses with boat trips, seafood cooking classes, and Segway tours. Read more…

Essex, CT

Connecticut River Museum

Bring your family and explore the exciting history and spectacular environment of New England’s Great River.  Climb aboard a replica of the Turtle submarine and travel back in time to the American Revolution. Journey along the River’s 410 miles as you explore aerial photos and a whimsical mural. Learn the stories of people and the River from Native Americans through the present.  Sail on the historic wooden schooner Mary E. Visit our website for current exhibits and programs. Read more…

Visitors to each Museum can purchase a 3-in-1 combination ticket for $16 that provides a discount for each location – a total of $10 in savings.

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