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Custom House Maritime Museum

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Address: 25 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone Number: 978-462-8681
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Good and well kept museum!

We were escaping the humidity and the scorching sun and took a chance on this museum. The building had two stories, relatively small but offered a lot of history and neat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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English first
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interested in the history of the Coast Guard, in how people were saved from shipwrecked boats, or in how to preserve an old building? This 3-story building has it all. Inexpensive public parking behind the building, docent on site to provide helpful information, museum store free, museum section inexpensive, building not easily handicapped accessible, check web site for open hours... More 

Thank 517nancyg
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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119 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

A decent museum but kind of small. There are public bathrooms here, one of the few in the area. Worth it to take a peek. Closes early

Thank Steve D
Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I grew up in nearby Ipswich, and I can't believe I've never been to this museum before! It has a lot of fascinating artifacts exhibits from Newburyport's heyday as a major shipping center. Many of the artifacts are souvenirs brought back by Newburyport sea captains, including silver taken off a British ship by a privateer during the war of 1812.... More 

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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We were escaping the humidity and the scorching sun and took a chance on this museum. The building had two stories, relatively small but offered a lot of history and neat exhibits. There was a small admission fee. You can spend 30 minutes or more if you view and read each display thoroughly.

Thank AngelsWing77
Makati, Philippines
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59 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

A nice collection of local artifacts from NPs maritime and colonial past. Some quite interesting items, but my teenager didn't last. You can take a short tour with volunteer guide, or self guide. Not extensive, but nice detour out of the sun, with good background on the towns maritime history.

Thank bluey22
Boston, Massachusetts
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367 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Believe it or not, I entered into this building to use the Public Restroom. When we were just about to leave; we realized how we had never seen anything inside this building before, where the museum resides. You need to pay admission to see the museum. This is one of those museums you should at least see once in your... More 

Thank CMC_2012
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

An interesting but small museum. It was not built as a museum so it does not flow well from room to room.Still, it is an architectural gem. The exhibits are interesting. It takes about 1/2 hour to see everything.

Thank JellyWhaleMonkey
Newburyport MA
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

If you're into nautical items/history, you'll enjoy this museum. I brought my friend and her daughter who were visiting from Florida and they enjoyed it. I live in Newburyport and I like to stroll thru every so often as well. They also have a nice gift shop with reasonably priced nautical items.

Thank sweetjayne7
Berkley, Michigan
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142 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This museum is a gem. The old customs house holds so much interesting local history. Even the building itself has an interesting story. I also like the interactive activities for children in the basement.

Thank susanw452
Orange Beach, Alabama
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The tour guide spent over an hour with us and It was wonderfully knowledgable. I could tell he was delighted with our obvious enthusiasm. We got a very good and interesting lesson in great detail. Will go back next time, just to review what I missed and enjoy it over again.

Thank niceguy42

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