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Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House Museum

  • Address 40 Palmer St.
    Stonington, Connecticut 06378
  • Hours
    11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Phone 860-535-8445

Visit Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House Museum

Plan Your Visit


Captain Nathaniel Palmer House Museum is the former home of Captain Nat Palmer, who is credited with being the first to sight and chart Antarctica. A peninsula on the continent is named for him. Step into the lives of two sea captains, their families, and ancestors when you pass through the grand front entrance of the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House. There, you will want to rush to the top floor and observe Stonington Harbor from the magnificent cupola. But, there is much to discover within the lower floors of the museum. Numerous model ships are on display, as well as dollhouses, and period textiles. Throughout the house there is evidence of the Palmer family’s involvement in shipbuilding, international trade, and family life in the mid-19th century and beyond. Plus, new exhibits on topics of local historic interest are featured at both the Palmer House and the Woolworth Research Library next door.

All museum tickets include admission to the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House Museum and The Old Lighthouse Museum.

Visit the Stonington Historical Society website or call to verify seasonal hours.

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