Museum in New London

Custom House Maritime Museum

Near the ferry terminal, this 1833 building is the oldest operating customhouse in the country, in addition to functioning as a museum. Its front door is made from the wood of the USS Constitution.
Historic Buildings in New London

Hempsted Houses

Part of a well-laid-out walking tour are two Hempsted Houses, the wood-framed older one (1678) is one of the oldest 17th-century houses in New England and the oldest in New London. It was maintained by the descendan…
Gallery in New London

Hygienic Art

Done up in a Greek Revival–style replete with a sculpture garden, mural plaza, fountains and a large performance area, this not-for-profit art space hosts poetry readings, film screenings, a summer concert series an…
Gallery in New London

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

This neoclassical building contains exhibits that span the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including impressive collections of early-American silver and Asian, Greco-Roman and European paintings. Among the highlights…
Library in New London

Monte Cristo Cottage

This cottage was the boyhood summer home of Eugene O'Neill, America's only Nobel Prize–winning playwright. Near Ocean Beach Park in the southern districts of the city (follow the signs), the Victorian-style house is…
Museum in New London

US Coast Guard Academy & Museum

Located in Waesche Hall on the grounds of the US Coast Guard academy, you'll find this small, unattended museum. Plans are afoot for the first National Coast Guard Museum to open in 2018 in a separate location, thou…
Fort in New London

Fort Trumbull State Park

The best view of New London is to be had from the enormous Fort Trumbull, which has stood at the mouth of the Thames River since 1839. It was an integral part of the coastal defense system and an early home for the …