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Custom House Maritime Museum

25 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950
978-462-8681
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Ranked #8 of 17 attractions in Newburyport
Type: Museums
Most recent review
- Jun 22, 2014
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Bloomington, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 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
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Colorado
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185 reviews 185 reviews
54 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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19 helpful votes 19 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

What a neat museum, the building is really cool, and the exhibits were informative, but not too much... Great for kids with some interactive stuff as well to do!

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New England
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68 reviews 68 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

While staying with friends who live in Newburyport, we all visited the Custom House Maritime Museum. It is a sweet, small museum with a rich history. The museum has several floors of small rooms and exhibits. Each room is steeped in history and has a theme: ship building, ship models, maps, cargo, food, ship wrecks, and a library. Even if... More

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had a great visit today with a docent tour. I normally am not a fan of tours but the gift shop woman talked us into it and he was great. He took time to answer our questions and those of other visitors. Its not huge, but it had amazing exhibits. We found out that the US Coast Guard started... More

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The Custom House is an a fabulous old building, you'll admire the architecture as much as the historical objects within. Very interesting local maritime history, including maps and photos of all the North Shore shipwrecks over the years. It's a small museum, so you won't need much time. Right on the boardwalk and main street for easy access.

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