CHMM hosts a wide variety of public and private events throughout the year, from cultural events to weddings and corporate gatherings to our popular First Friday series for museum members.

Events & Exhibits

In addition to our ongoing exhibits, The Custom House Maritime Museum hosts many cultural events.

Host Your Event Here

The Custom House Maritime Museum is a unique and historic setting for social gatherings and meetings.

Current and Upcoming Events & Exhibits

  • Nao Santa Maria Arrives in Newburyport!

    May 31 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Head on down to the waterfront to welcome the Nao Santa Maria as she sails into Newburyport!

  • Breakfast on a Tall Ship – 7 AM

    June 1 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Enjoy breakfast on the deck of the tall ship Nao Santa Maria! Savor bagels and beverages as you take in…

  • Breakfast on a Tall Ship – 8 AM

    June 1 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Enjoy breakfast on the deck of the tall ship Nao Santa Maria! Savor bagels and beverages as you take in…

  • CHMM Black Tie Gala

    June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Dress up for a classy evening aboard a Spanish tall ship on the Newburyport waterfront! Your all-inclusive ticket gains you…

  • Little Pirates’ Party – 7 AM

    June 2 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Arrrhhgg you ready for a pirate party on a real-live tall ship? Kids, wear your favorite pirate gear for a…

  • Little Pirates’ Party – 8 AM

    June 2 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Arrrhhgg you ready for a pirate party on a real-live tall ship? Kids, wear your favorite pirate gear for a…

  • Council on Aging Coffee Hour

    June 5 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

    Join the Council on Aging for coffee and conversation on the deck of the tall ship Nao Santa Maria. Donuts…

  • CHMM Explore the Port

    June 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Join the Custom House Maritime Museum for cocktails and snacks aboard the tall ship Nao Santa Maria. Ticket price includes…

  • June First Friday Social – Captain & Crew of the NAO Santa Maria

    June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Members of the Custom House Maritime Museum are cordially invited to our First Friday Social on June 7, 2019 from…

  • Breakfast on a Tall Ship – 7 AM

    June 8 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Enjoy breakfast on the deck of the tall ship Nao Santa Maria! Savor bagels and beverages as you take in…

  • Breakfast on a Tall Ship – 8 AM

    June 8 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Enjoy breakfast on the deck of the tall ship Nao Santa Maria! Savor bagels and beverages as you take in…

  • CHMM Pirate Party

    June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Who says pirate parties are just for kids? Join the Custom House Maritime Museum for an upscale pirate-themed celebration aboard…

  • Little Pirates’ Party – 7 AM

    June 9 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Arrrhhgg you ready for a pirate party on a real-live tall ship? Kids, wear your favorite pirate gear for a…

  • Little Pirates’ Party – 8 AM

    June 9 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Arrrhhgg you ready for a pirate party on a real-live tall ship? Kids, wear your favorite pirate gear for a…

  • The Newburyport Collection

    June 8 @ 9:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm

    In the spirit of Newburyport’s trading origins, the Custom House is proud to present The Newburyport Collection – a showcase…

  • Public Tours of the Nao Santa Maria

    June 1 @ 9:00 am - June 9 @ 6:00 pm

    All aboard – skip the lines and buy your tickets in advance! Don’t miss this opportunity to see history come…

  • 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.”

  • August First Friday Social: Corsets & Chevrons: A Salute to Women in American Military History

    August 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Members of the Custom House Maritime Museum are cordially invited to our First Friday Social on August 2, 2019 featuring…

  • Port Pottery Exhibition

    August 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 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.