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 […]

Invitation Nights 2021

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

The Custom House Maritime Museum will participate in Newburyport’s Friday Invitation Nights this December. The Museum Store, stocked with a great selection of unique gifts for all ages, will be open from 6 pm – 9 pm and will offer a Holiday Raffle for shoppers during these hours. The raffle will be for a beautiful gift basket […]

Coast Guard Station Merrimack River

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

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 […]

Slavery in Massachusetts: Newburyport Connections

Custom House Maritime Museum 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

FIRST FRIDAY SOCIAL - MEMBERS ONLY This presentation will explore our economic ties to the transatlantic slave trade that implicates New England in the monumental tragedy that took the lives of millions of human beings and, in doing so, formed the basis of America’s economy. The many ships built in Newburyport and along the Merrimack […]