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Custom House Maritime Museum

Address: 25 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone Number: 978-462-8681
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Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Newburyport
Type: Military museums, Museums
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Type: Military museums, Museums
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Newburyport MA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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.

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Berkley, Michigan
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119 reviews 119 reviews
31 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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.

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Orange Beach, Alabama
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful tour with Ron, he was very interesting and knowledgable. The exhibits in the museum were laid out well.

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Bloomington, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A very interesting place with stories of locals and neat artifacts from all over the world that passed through this 19th century costumes house. Tours are free and helpful, can get a bit dull.

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Roseland, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I did not take the tour, did not look interesting. The staff however was very polite and helpful as we looked in the gift shop.

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Natick, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Beautiful gift shop, reasonable admission, lots of artifacts. We loved the shop dog, Diego. We picked up a lovely compass there for our son.

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Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
58 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This is a very interesting, and informative museum. First of all, it was built way back when to be "fireproof" after the original building burned down. They have a vast collection of artifacts, including a pair of those teeny tiny shoes Chinese women used to wear when footbinding was popular. This museum is a treat for anyone interested in any... More 

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Austin, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Being from West Texas (where the most water we ever saw was in the bathtub), I find most all things nautical of great interest. Built in 1835, The Custom House was the center of commerce in Newburyport. Great collection of items depicting the history of life, commerce, and adventure on the high seas is not to be missed.

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Newbury, MA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Downtown Newburyport. 2 floors of artifacts and stories regarding nautical history of the area. Gift shop. Building has held private and fundraising events there to support the museum. Very close to the first U.S. Coast Guard Station. If you are a boating enthusiast, you MUST also go to Lowell's Boat Shoppe on Main Street, Amesbury, just 5 minutes from here.

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