Custom House Maritime Museum – Newburyport Heritage Center

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.


25 Water Street Newburyport, MA 1950

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.

Notes & Advisories

The Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Heritage Center.


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