Built in 1835 to facilitate tax collection on imported goods from a growing overseas trade in one of America’s earliest ports, the Newburyport Custom House was designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument and U.S. Treasury Building. 
The CHMM has a unique collection of maritime art, model ships, as well as displays of famous shipwrecks, the history of the Coast Guard, and much more!


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The Custom House Maritime Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization