Custom House Maritime Museum - Newburyport Visitor Center

photo of Custom House Maritime Museum,
25 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-462-8681

The Newburyport Custom House Maritime Museum was designed by architect Robert Mills, who also designed such historical buildings as the Washington Monument. Built in 1835, this building was originally used as a Custom house in which the federal government collected taxes on imported goods brought home to Newburyport by ship captains from far away ports. The Museum maintains original artifacts from the prosperous trade era, maritime art, models of Newburyport-built vessels, trades routs and journals, and old maps showing the city's birth. Exhibitions focus on Newburyport's role on privateering, and fame - and fortune - it brought to local captains such as Moses Brown. Tours for students, programs for families and kids, and lectures fro the maritime enthusiast, all feature Newburyport's connection to the sea and rich maritime heritage.

Hours: 

January through April: Saturdays, 10am to 4pm; Sundays & Holiday Mondays, 12pm to 4pm. May through December: Tuesday – Saturday,10am to 4pm; Sundays & Holiday Mondays, 12pm to 4pm.

Admission: 

$7.00 for adults; $5.00 for seniors & students; Free admission for active military members & children under 6.

Driving Directions: 

I-95, take exit 57 for Rte. 113 East. Follow Rte. 113 2.5 miles to Green Street, turn left onto Green Street. Follow Green to the end and turn right onto Merrimac St. which becomes Water St.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

The Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center. As such, in addition to giving information about Newburyport's history, the Custom House Maritime Museum also provides information on resources in the towns of Amesbury, Salisbury, and Newbury, as well as general information about the Essex National Heritage Area.

Flags: 

  • Parking
  • Restroom

Categories: 

  • Cultural Resources
  • Historic Resources
  • Maritime Theme Trail
  • Museums
  • Visitor Centers

Property Owner/Organization: 

Newburyport Maritime Society, Inc.
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead