Welcome to the Custom House Maritime Museum

Discover the abundant and interesting maritime heritage of Newburyport, MA (the eastern seacoast’s first major commercial port) and the Merrimack River Valley. See our unique collection of maritime art, model clipper ships, displays of famous shipwrecks, the history of the Coast Guard, and more.

We are kicking off 2019 by offering free admission to all Newburyport residents who subscribe to our email list!

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Current and Upcoming Events & Exhibits

  • September 2019 First Friday Social – Justin W. Thomas

    September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Members of the Custom House Maritime Museum are cordially invited to our First Friday Social on September 6, 2019 at…

  • Rick Hamelin ~ Pied Potter Hamelin Redware

    October 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    “THROWING BACK-MASSACHUSETTS POTTERY LEGACY” If you could meet a colonial or early American potter, what questions would you ask? Rick…

  • Potters on the Merrimac: A Century of New England Ceramics

    September 7, 2019 @ 8:00 am - April 30, 2020 @ 8:00 am

    The exhibition will focus on early American pottery production in Merrimacport from 1790-1890, with a focus on William Pecker's pottery (circa 1790-1820), and the Daniel Bayley Pottery Company in Newburyport (circa 1764 to 1799). This will cover most of the local pottery production before and after the American Revolution.


January through April

Saturdays: 10am to 4pm
Sundays: 12pm to 4pm
Holiday Mondays: 12pm to 4pm

May through December

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sundays: 12pm to 4pm
Holiday Mondays: 12pm to 4pm


25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA  01950



Seniors & Students:

Active Military & Children under 6:

"A gem of a maritime museum… The exhibits are superbly done in a way that draws visitors into the display to seek more information."

James Shuttleworth
The Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Associated with the San Francisco Maritime Museum

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