Discover Newburyport’s Maritime History
The Custom House Maritime Museum
Experience Newburyport’s Maritime History
Are you looking to experience Newburyport maritime history? The Maritime heritage in Newburyport, Massachusetts runs deep. Newburyport has many wonderful attractions but the Custom House Maritime Museum is the ultimate destination for all residents and visitors with a curiosity about rich maritime history.
As the eastern seacoast’s first major commercial port, and the birthplace of the U.S. Coastguard, there is plenty to preserve and celebrate in Newburyport.
Much of this history can be seen at the Custom House Maritime Museum in downtown Newburyport. This includes an extensive collection of maritime art, model clipper ships and displays from infamous shipwrecks such as the Carlyle Ship Collection of Duncan McFarlane.
Built in 1835, the Custom House served as a place to promote overseas trade and tax collection of imported goods on the Newburyport waterfront.
After a long period of transition, the Newburyport Maritime Society was founded in 1968 to restore and manage the Custom House, now regarded as a premiere maritime museum.
Open year round, the museum not only serves as an educational center and research facility, but also as a meeting place for professional and social gatherings.
Custom tours and museum rentals for concerts, weddings and other special events make the Custom House a true treasure of Newburyport.
The museum also hosts a bevy of maritime events in honor of our local Coast Guard men and women who protect our waters. You can view the Maritime Museum’s calendar of events here.
The Newburyport Maritime Society devoted to, “connecting the past to the living history of today through new relationships with local artistic, business and environmental organizations.”
25 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
Open Year Round!
January-April on Saturday (10am-4pm) and Sunday & Holiday Mondays (12-4pm)
May-December on Tuesday – Saturday (10am-4pm) and Sunday & Holiday Mondays (12-4pm)
Parking is available at local parking lots.
Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and students. Active military members and kids under 6 are free.