“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or watch – we are going back from whence we came.”
– John F. Kennedy
Collector of Customs Gallery
Focused on the purpose of the historic structure in which the museum resides, this gallery explores the roles and responsibilities of those who worked in and about the customhouse through historical documents and objects.
This exhibit explores historically interconnected themes related to the customhouse, the origins of the USCG, and life “on the deep” in the nineteenth century.
Coast Guard Gallery
As the official birthplace of the Coast Guard, Newburyport honors the men and women of the USCG through displays of Coast Guard artifacts such as ships bells, uniforms, medals, as well as photos and documentation of members of the service.
The largest of our galleries, this newly renovated space contains historical vignettes from the museum’s collection. Topics currently include the Newburyport Marine Society and historical trades, as well as displays exploring the lives of some of Newburyport’s nineteenth century seafaring families, and curiosities from around world brought back by mariners of nineteenth century Newburyport.