Revolutionary War Militia Muster!

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

The Custom House is celebrating Essex National Heritage Area's "Trails and Sails" on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm with a Revolutionary War Militia Muster. This reenactment event will highlight Newburyport’s role in the American Revolution. Visit our back lawn to see Captain John Wood’s Company, Colonel Gerrish’s 25th Regiment of […]

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Abraham Wheelwright and the Newburyport Marine Society

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

FIRST FRIDAY SOCIAL - MEMBERS ONLY   Abraham Wheelwright and the Newburyport Marine Society If you are confused about the difference between two important Newburyport institutions with the same "NMS" initials (The Newburyport Marine Society and the Newburyport Maritime Society) you won't want to miss this!    Come to First Friday to hear our own Jack Santos (Board of […]

MARITIME HOLIDAY TREE 2021

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

Shortly after Thanksgiving, you will begin to see the shape of a tree erected on the back lawn of the Custom House. Many thanks to our presenting sponsor, the Newburyport Bank for supporting our efforts. This Maritime Tree, made from rope rigging will display life rings of various sizes as a way of tying our […]

Navigation by Sea and Stars

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

FIRST FRIDAY SOCIAL - MEMBERS ONLY   Navigation by Sea and Stars Ever wonder how mariners found their way in local waters or across the sea?  Come learn the history of navigation, its methods, and instruments with specialist Sara Schechner.  She will feature nautical instruments preserved in the Custom House Maritime Museum, show us how […]

Dorothea Balano: A Woman on the Ocean

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

FIRST FRIDAY SOCIAL - MEMBERS ONLY Kate Gilbert will bring to life the diaries of  Dorothea Balano, who accompanied her husband, Fred Balano, on a series of voyages throughout their married life.  Dorothea's grandson, James Balano, documented a small portion of that life by publishing some of the diaries that she wrote onboard various voyages […]

December 10th Invitation Night

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

FILL THE TREE! What a success the lighting of the Holiday Tree was and we need your continued support to fill in those blank spaces! Over 300 people enjoyed the songs sung by the Newburyport Choral Society despite the cold, as we gathered around for the countdown! Let’s keep the momentum going to fill the […]

Coast Guard Station Merrimack River

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FIRST FRIDAY SOCIAL - MEMBERS ONLY Come learn why Station Merrimack River is labeled a “Surf Station", one of only four on the east coast of the United States. Operations Petty Officer BM1 Joseph Habel will answer this question and more. He will discuss the everyday life of the unit, how they perform search and […]

Not Content on the Sidelines: Judith Sargent Murray’s Courage, Faith, and Action

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Judith Sargent Murray First Friday Social - Members Only "A staunch believer in improved educational opportunities for women, Murray’s essays were vital to the post-Revolutionary notion of “Republican Motherhood.” Advocates, notably Abigail Adams and Murray, argued that the success of the new nation required intelligent and virtuous citizens—and since the education of patriotic sons (future […]

The Making of Legends: How ‘Legendary Newburyporters’ Was Born.

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

First Friday - Members Only Event (Click here to become a member) Come see and hear the backstory of Legendary Newburyporters: Sculptures by Jeffrey Briggs from the conception to the creation on the eve before the public opening.  An exclusive member event will return to the CHMM with a panel of historians and writers with […]

Meet the Artist: Legendary Newburyporters

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

All are welcome to join us and celebrate the opening of Legendary Newburyporters! On hand for this grand event will be Sculptor Jeff Briggs. Jeff is the visionary and artist behind this exhibit. We are very excited to have him on hand to explain the process that he used to make each of these 14 maquettes. […]

Movie Night at the Museum

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

Join us for a night at the movies...Custom House style! Get your tickets here! Enjoy a classic from 1926 - Old Ironsides while movie history aficionado, Jeff Rapsis, plays the music score on the organ...live. More about the movie: Directed by James Cruze, Old Ironsides (1926) is an action/adventure film that traces the story of an […]

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First Friday Election Week & Black Civic Culture in Essex County.

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

Members Only Event (interested in being a member? Join here!) This presentation will explore a Good Old ‘Lection: Election Week and Black Civic Culture in Essex County, Massachusetts (1741-1831). Black Election Day was a prominent eighteenth and nineteenth century cultural festival that took place in late May during election week throughout Essex County, from Salem […]