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Custom House Maritime Museum

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Address: 25 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2754
Phone Number: +1 978-462-8681
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Unexpected charm and history downtown

We visited the museum around this time last year, and were pleasantly surprised by its charm. On the smaller side, but full of great exhibits and local maritime history. They also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
NorthShoreGal13
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Essex County, MA
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Essex County, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the museum around this time last year, and were pleasantly surprised by its charm. On the smaller side, but full of great exhibits and local maritime history. They also had a hall of myriad decorative wreaths on display for the holidays. We plan to return.

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Corinth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great museum. The owner showed very great knowledge of the town and it's history. He gave a discount for military. The inside was full of wonderful pieces and artifacts that truly painted a great picture of the history of Newburyport and it's surrounding. I would recommend going to this museum. There is also a very nice gift shop inside... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful docent Lloyd because of his great descriptions of early Mass life Quirky bec of part of the area devoted to Pulitzer winning author Marquand for the 30's artwork furniture early photos Who knew?? ;) Authentic items from early shipbuilders Explained very well The building itself has many facts to be appreciated as it is from the 1800's It was... More 

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Kerrville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

- If you like/love history, stop in to this original museum - it's throughly enjoyable. - We were invited to be escorted by a docent named Peter. He was so knowledgeable, engaging, kept a good pace and threw in a number of anecdotes with his presentation. A true asset to the museum. - This is all about nautical/maritime history. If... More 

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Newburyport MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

I am a local and can't get enough of this museum. It's rich in maritime history and is located right along the beautiful Merrimack River waterfront. In addition to the lovely museum, they also host annual holiday wreath auctions and Newburyport Holiday House Tours in December. I love bringing my friends here who are new to the area and would... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This was a highlight for my history loving husband who has been soaking in all things Alexander Hamilton--

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Custom Maritime Museum, although very local to Newburyport, tells the history of maritime life in general, through many centuries. At a relaxing pace, one can meander through its rooms and really absorb its messages without tiring and wanting to finish the visit quickly because of an overwhelming size. Each of the smallish eight or so rooms has unique artifacts,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

myself at immaculate conception and my husband at nock middle school would end up here on field trips and when our kids were the same age amesbury took them here to learn about boats and sea travel

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Somers, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This is well worth a couple of hours to learn about Newburyport's history and port, both integrally entwined with America's history.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

If you want a bit of time out of the sun and some adult level of interest this is a good option. Good exhibits, history is interesting, calm quiet environment.

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