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

  • Newburyport Maritime Days 2019 – Tall Ship Nao Santa Maria

    May 31 @ 11:30 am - June 10 @ 5:30 am

    The Custom House Maritime Museum is hosting the 200-ton Spanish sailing vessel Nao Santa Maria, a modern replica of one of Christopher Columbus' ships. It will be at Waterfront Park from May 31 to June 10.

  • “Citizen Soldier” Exhibit

    July 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - June 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

    “The exhibition focuses specifically on items in our collection,” says curator Kevin MacDonald. “It’s an eclectic mix of uniforms, equipment, and souvenirs that help tell the stories of local-area men and women who served their country during the Second Great War, and returned as victorious citizens to their home towns.”


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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