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Stewards of Your History

Join us as we bring our past to life

It’s about where we’ve been. Where we are. Where we’re going.

From High Street to the shores of the Merrimack, the neighborhoods of Newburyport are steeped in maritime history, rich with stories of the people who helped build this city, explore these waters, and found our nation. From its settlement to its rise as a maritime hub to its rebirth, we’re here to tell its story. To share its legacy. To show you how you’re a part of where we will go. We are the Custom House Maritime Museum, the stewards of your maritime history.

Featured Exhibit

Legendary Newburyporters 

Legendary Newburyporters at CHMM

Sculptures by Jeffrey Briggs and A Chronicle of Achievements in the 18th & 19th Centuries.

What’s going on around here?

Nathaniel Tracy Letter

Nathaniel Tracy Letter

Written by Jack Santos It’s 1779.  1779 is four years after 1000 soldiers on eleven ships left the docks of Newburyport in the early stages of the revolution, to conquer (unsuccessfully) Quebec City.  1779 is three years after the Declaration of independence -...

Best of Workshop

Best of Workshop

Three Collections of Short Plays by Celebrated Local Playwrights  Like the bow of a ship cresting the final waves on its journey home, the actor bows to a wave of applause as the curtain falls. Both have journeyed through...

Changes at the helm!

Changes at the helm!

By: Jack Santos, CHMM Board of Directors Chair Jack Santos SLAINTÉ ! For those of you I haven’t met, I was recently elected the Board Chairperson of the Custom House Maritime Museum.  It is quite an honor to help lead such an important Newburyport institution.I...

Header Photo Credit: Mary Johnson