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Custom House Maritime Museum

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We passed the Custom House Maritime Museum several times while walking through Newburyport, and it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nashville, Tennessee
Pretty cool

Very good, informative museum about Newburyport's shipbuilding and maritime history. I learned at... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
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25 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2754
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We passed the Custom House Maritime Museum several times while walking through Newburyport, and it doesn't look like much from the outside. But it's exploding with interesting artifacts and displays about the history of this city, once the fourth largest in the nation. The staff...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Very good, informative museum about Newburyport's shipbuilding and maritime history. I learned at least 5 new things while visiting today. If that's important to you, this may be a good place for you. About an hour and a half of your time for a minimal...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bobby A
Reviewed October 17, 2018

This museum really gave us a good understanding of Newburyport's past. Displays are excellent and the helpful staff were very friendly.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

This is a small town museum which tells of an incredibly rich history. Clipper ships, trading in the Far East, ship building, slave transporting, and birthplace of the Coast Guard. Wow! There are limited hours, but never a line to see all the exhibits.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 8, 2018

If you're intrigued by the history of this area and the maritime aspects in general, by all means, check it out. A very large array of interesting artifacts and art. You can schedule guided tours or freestyle. Not a large place but pretty neat. Probably...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

They do a great job with their exhibits here. The building is beautiful and it is full of the maritime history of Newburyport, yes, but really of this entire region. This is the birthplace of Coast Guard and it is interesting to visit this exhibit....More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Robert S
Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

This place was a nice surprise. Beautiful building. Wonderful staff! You can take a guided tour or brows around on your own. Lots of interesting exhibits, tons of history. I had no idea that Newburyport was the birth place of the United States Coast Guard...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank magagoo
Reviewed December 23, 2017

Enjoyed touring beautifully decorated, beautiful homes. Many tasty food and drink options in town. Liked that Museum sponsored the event/raised funds. Stayed at lovely Compass Rose B&B.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank C B
Reviewed October 12, 2017

Whether you just like boats or if you are an old tar ,put this museum on your list.I was impressed by the exhibits which included a modern section featuring Model Coast Guard Ships all the way back to the days of sail.The exhibits are too...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Liam p
Reviewed August 24, 2017

A nineteenth century customs house in remarkable condition preserves the maritime and commercial history of Newburyport and surroundings. Original artifacts, works of art and the library of popular local author John P. Marquand create a mix that gives the visitor a taste of old New...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Shauna M
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Response from Paul D | Reviewed this property |
Its a very small museum so about an hour should be enough. Try to meet the Executive Director Michael Mroz.