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Custom House Maritime Museum

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Address: 25 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2754
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+1 978-462-8681
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Very interested artifacts about the culture and history of Newburyport. The museum is packed with a variety of interesting artifacts. Great little museum for all ages!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very interested artifacts about the culture and history of Newburyport. The museum is packed with a variety of interesting artifacts. Great little museum for all ages!

Thank AdBloke
Essex County, MA
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We visited the museum around this time last year, and were pleasantly surprised by its charm. On the smaller side, but full of great exhibits and local maritime history. They also had a hall of myriad decorative wreaths on display for the holidays. We plan to return.

Thank NorthShoreGal13
Corinth, Texas
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161 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Really great museum. The owner showed very great knowledge of the town and it's history. He gave a discount for military. The inside was full of wonderful pieces and artifacts that truly painted a great picture of the history of Newburyport and it's surrounding. I would recommend going to this museum. There is also a very nice gift shop inside... More 

Thank Teresa O
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171 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Wonderful docent Lloyd because of his great descriptions of early Mass life Quirky bec of part of the area devoted to Pulitzer winning author Marquand for the 30's artwork furniture early photos Who knew?? ;) Authentic items from early shipbuilders Explained very well The building itself has many facts to be appreciated as it is from the 1800's It was... More 

Thank mystery1reader
Kerrville, Texas
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187 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

- If you like/love history, stop in to this original museum - it's throughly enjoyable. - We were invited to be escorted by a docent named Peter. He was so knowledgeable, engaging, kept a good pace and threw in a number of anecdotes with his presentation. A true asset to the museum. - This is all about nautical/maritime history. If... More 

Thank ncftx
Newburyport MA
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96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

I am a local and can't get enough of this museum. It's rich in maritime history and is located right along the beautiful Merrimack River waterfront. In addition to the lovely museum, they also host annual holiday wreath auctions and Newburyport Holiday House Tours in December. I love bringing my friends here who are new to the area and would... More 

Thank sweetjayne7
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

This was a highlight for my history loving husband who has been soaking in all things Alexander Hamilton--

Thank Terry S
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The Custom Maritime Museum, although very local to Newburyport, tells the history of maritime life in general, through many centuries. At a relaxing pace, one can meander through its rooms and really absorb its messages without tiring and wanting to finish the visit quickly because of an overwhelming size. Each of the smallish eight or so rooms has unique artifacts,... More 

Thank Claire D
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviewed 10 August 2016

myself at immaculate conception and my husband at nock middle school would end up here on field trips and when our kids were the same age amesbury took them here to learn about boats and sea travel

Thank Gioia C
Somers, NY
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

This is well worth a couple of hours to learn about Newburyport's history and port, both integrally entwined with America's history.

Thank JRFSomers_NY

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