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

  • Museum Closed Easter Sunday April 21, 2019

    April 21

  • May First Friday – Gary Kozak – Undersea Search & Recovery

    May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Garry Kozak has been serving the undersea industry since 1970 and his early career as a commercial diver, supported oil drilling rigs off the coast of Newfoundland, pipe laying in the Gulf of Mexico and salvage operations in the Great Lakes. Garry’s career as an undersea search specialist began in 1972 off the coast of Labrador using sidescan sonar. Garry has more than 40 years of field experience managing search operations from the Arctic to the Tropics. Today Garry travels the world providin...

  • Tall Ship Nao Santa Maria Coming!

    May 31 @ 10:30 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.”

  • 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.