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Custom House Maritime Museum

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Pretty cool

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bobby A
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Excellent museum

This museum really gave us a good understanding of Newburyport's past. Displays are excellent and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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25 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2754
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Reviewed 28 July 2009

We stayed overnight in Newburyport and were looking for some in-town museums on a Tuesday. We stopped at the Custom House Museum on a rainy morning. The building is not large, four rooms of each of two floors. Charges were very reasonable, $7 for adults,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Bobby A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

Thank ogg12
Reviewed 8 July 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

Thank Doug M
Reviewed 20 April 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

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 24 February 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

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Reviewed 23 December 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.

Thank C B
Reviewed 12 October 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

Thank Liam p
Reviewed 24 August 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

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

So I love history, so thought this would be a good stop. The place is little underwhelming. The displays are mediocre. The upstairs is HOT in the summer. Interesting architecture though.

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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.