Custom House Maritime Museum Newburyport

Custom House Maritime Museum Newburyport Discover the maritime heritage of Newburyport, MA, and the Merrimack River Valley! To help us maintain our history, go to:
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See our unique collection of marine art, model ships, displays of local shipwrecks, the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard, Newburyport's maritime history, and more.

Operating as usual

We are excited to host the Newburyport Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale this coming Saturday! We hope to see yo...
04/30/2021

We are excited to host the Newburyport Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale this coming Saturday! We hope to see you there!!

Who's excited for the plant sale Saturday?

Come visit us today!25 Water StreetNewburyport, MA
04/22/2021

Come visit us today!
25 Water Street
Newburyport, MA

Come visit us today!
25 Water Street
Newburyport, MA

FREE Admission for all on Thursday April 22nd from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.Children are welcome to decorate a recyclable cont...
04/19/2021

FREE Admission for all on Thursday
April 22nd from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Children are welcome to decorate a recyclable container and plant sunflower seeds to take home and watch them grow!

FREE Admission for all on Thursday
April 22nd from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Children are welcome to decorate a recyclable container and plant sunflower seeds to take home and watch them grow!

Wanna see something new? We got that. Our new Semper Paratus art exhibit is up! Open today till 4pm and Sunday 12-4pm. T...
04/17/2021

Wanna see something new? We got that. Our new Semper Paratus art exhibit is up! Open today till 4pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Tickets available in our bio. #nbpt #newburyport #northshorema#semperparatus #thingstodo

Teachers in grades 3 - 5 ... Check this out!The Custom House Maritime Museum wants to help your students learn about mar...
04/12/2021

Teachers in grades 3 - 5 ... Check this out!

The Custom House Maritime Museum wants to help your students learn about maritime history!

Local Historian and Author, Mike Welch had been doing these hands history lessons with classroom visits, but we all know that COVID has really tightened those regulations. Since then Mike has adopted his format to Zoom! That's right, no matter if your students are at home or in the classroom - let's have some fun (and learn something!)

Lessons are 60 minutes and topics include:
"The Revolutionary War Soldier Program"
"The Sailor and His Ship Program"
"The Local Tavern Program"

If interested in having a virtual historic presentation by Mike please contact us at [email protected]!

Special thank you to the Essex National Heritage Area for their generous support of this program.

HUGE THANK YOU to the Newburyport Horticultural Society for volunteering to do our spring clean up! You all are amazing!...
04/11/2021

HUGE THANK YOU to the Newburyport Horticultural Society for volunteering to do our spring clean up! You all are amazing!!!!!!!!!!

We are excited to launch our Custom House Maritime Museum Business Membership Program! This membership program is design...
04/02/2021

We are excited to launch our Custom House Maritime Museum Business Membership Program!

This membership program is designed to help the business owner. With multiple support benefits, you choose the level that best fits your company. You're invited to an open house on Friday, April 9th from 10am - 12pm to show you around the museum and explain the many benefits of being a business member. For more information on the open house go here --> https://bit.ly/3mgMkAE

To learn more about this exciting program please visit our website --> https://bit.ly/2Pt7JKO.

We are excited to launch our Custom House Maritime Museum Business Membership Program!

This membership program is designed to help the business owner. With multiple support benefits, you choose the level that best fits your company. You're invited to an open house on Friday, April 9th from 10am - 12pm to show you around the museum and explain the many benefits of being a business member. For more information on the open house go here --> https://bit.ly/3mgMkAE

To learn more about this exciting program please visit our website --> https://bit.ly/2Pt7JKO.

Have you ever walked behind the Custom House and wondered what that funny-shaped glass thing is in our back window?Wonde...
03/26/2021

Have you ever walked behind the Custom House and wondered what that funny-shaped glass thing is in our back window?

Wonder no more! Check out this blog by Kate Gilbert that talks about the Fresnel Light --> https://bit.ly/3fgrdg9

#fresnellens #nbpt #newburyport #maritimemuseum #nauticalhistory #coastguard #merrimackriver #essexcountyma #northshorema #maritimeheritage #lighthouses #PomhamRocksLighthouse

Have you ever walked behind the Custom House and wondered what that funny-shaped glass thing is in our back window?

Wonder no more! Check out this blog by Kate Gilbert that talks about the Fresnel Light --> https://bit.ly/3fgrdg9

#fresnellens #nbpt #newburyport #maritimemuseum #nauticalhistory #coastguard #merrimackriver #essexcountyma #northshorema #maritimeheritage #lighthouses #PomhamRocksLighthouse

Happy St Patrick’s Day! We have in our collection a William Wood Irish half penny from 1723.!This coin was found in Newb...
03/17/2021

Happy St Patrick’s Day! We have in our collection a William Wood Irish half penny from 1723.!
This coin was found in Newburyport in 1975 and donated to us. It is believed that coins such as this came to America as a result of trade between the colonies and Ireland, and immigrants from Ireland traveling to the colonies. This money most likely traveled across the Atlantic and was used in Irish seaports for small, everyday items. #nbpt #newburyport #stpatricksday #coins

Today would be a great day to come check out Elizabeth Bray's journal that we have on display. She accompanied her husba...
03/13/2021

Today would be a great day to come check out Elizabeth Bray's journal that we have on display. She accompanied her husband, Stephen Bray, on two of his voyages onboard the Volante. The first voyage was 1854-1856, and the second one was 1860-1862. This journal covers both voyages.

We are open 10 - 4pm today and 12 - 4pm tomorrow!

#nbpt #newburyport #maritimemuseum #nauticalhistory #coastguard #merrimackriver #essexcountyma #northshorema #maritimeheritage

From student to corporations, our Membership Program has what you are looking for. Visit https://bit.ly/3l4Nuyl and help...
03/10/2021

From student to corporations, our Membership Program has what you are looking for.

Visit https://bit.ly/3l4Nuyl and help us keep Newburyport's Maritime Heritage alive!

#nbpt #newburyport #maritimemuseum #nauticalhistory #coastguard #merrimackriver #essexcountyma #northshorema #merrimackriver #maritimeheritage

From student to corporations, our Membership Program has what you are looking for.

Visit https://bit.ly/3l4Nuyl and help us keep Newburyport's Maritime Heritage alive!

#nbpt #newburyport #maritimemuseum #nauticalhistory #coastguard #merrimackriver #essexcountyma #northshorema #merrimackriver #maritimeheritage

Special thanks to Scott Whitlow and Chris Edmonds for giving our Moseley Gallery a much needed refresh. Your time and ta...
03/07/2021

Special thanks to Scott Whitlow and Chris Edmonds for giving our Moseley Gallery a much needed refresh. Your time and talent is much appreciated! Museum is open 12-4 today. Purchase your tickets on our website - www.theCHMM.org!

#nbpt #newburyport #essexcountyma #northshorema

March is #WomensHistoryMonth and a great opportunity to highlight some of the women that are featured in our museum. Tod...
03/01/2021

March is #WomensHistoryMonth and a great opportunity to highlight some of the women that are featured in our museum.

Today we'd like to highlight Elinor C. Bacheldor, TR US Coast Guard SPAR. In our #CoastGuard History Room we have the uniform she wore on proud display.

Check out these photos to read more about Ms. Bacheldor and the SPARS roll in war efforts.

#womeninhistory #SPARS #nbpt #newburyport #northhamptonnh #maritimemuseum #nauticalhistory #coastguard #merrimackriver #essexcountyma #northshorema #SPARS #WomeninHistory #WW2

We were so fortunate to host this group of Coast Guard members. We hope you come back and visit soon!!
02/23/2021

We were so fortunate to host this group of Coast Guard members. We hope you come back and visit soon!!

#FlashbackFriday has us reminiscing about the Custom House Maritime Tree. We can't thank you all enough for purchasing r...
02/19/2021

#FlashbackFriday has us reminiscing about the Custom House Maritime Tree. We can't thank you all enough for purchasing rings to help light up the #Newburyport waterfront. Your support will help the museum immensely in 2021.

We have some exciting things in the works...all because of your support. THANK YOU.

#MerrimackRiver #MaritimeHistory #CustomHouseMaritimeMuseum #EssexCountyMA #EssexNationalHeritageArea #History #NauticalHistory

#FlashbackFriday has us reminiscing about the Custom House Maritime Tree. We can't thank you all enough for purchasing rings to help light up the #Newburyport waterfront. Your support will help the museum immensely in 2021.

We have some exciting things in the works...all because of your support. THANK YOU.

#MerrimackRiver #MaritimeHistory #CustomHouseMaritimeMuseum #EssexCountyMA #EssexNationalHeritageArea #History #NauticalHistory

Sweet memories are created when you host your special event at CHMM.Ready to start planning? Visit 👉 thechmm.org for mor...
02/18/2021
Custom House Maritime Museum | Stewards of Your History

Sweet memories are created when you host your special event at CHMM.

Ready to start planning? Visit 👉 thechmm.org for more information.

(🎂 by @thepartycake)

#CustomHouseMaritimeMuseum #CustomHouseMaritimeMuseumWeddings #NewburyportWedding #NBPTWedding #MuseumWeddingVenue #CoastalWeddingVenue #OutdoorMAWeddingVenue #TentedWeddingMA #Engaged #MAWedding #BostonWeddingVenue #WaterfrontWedding #IntimateUniqueCoastalWedding #DestinationNewburyport #DestinationWedding #2021Wedding #LoveNewburyportWeddings #NBPT #Newburyport

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, entry to the museum will be timed entry on the hour. We ask that you purchase tickets in advance here to ensure entry, as we can only allow 6 entrants per hour. Please see the post at the bottom of the page for more information. Thank you. Stewards of Your Histo...

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!
02/14/2021

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Always something new to discover at CHMM. Book your visit online and when you get here ask to participate in the scaveng...
02/13/2021

Always something new to discover at CHMM. Book your visit online and when you get here ask to participate in the scavenger hunt!

We are open today 10 - 4 and Sunday 12-4.

#nbpt #newburyport #maritimemuseum #nauticalhistory #coastguard #merrimackriver #essexcountyma #northshorema

Always something new to discover at CHMM. Book your visit online and when you get here ask to participate in the scavenger hunt!

We are open today 10 - 4 and Sunday 12-4.

#nbpt #newburyport #maritimemuseum #nauticalhistory #coastguard #merrimackriver #essexcountyma #northshorema

Love Conquers All!Recently engaged? Contact us to plan your event at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Now booking weddi...
02/12/2021

Love Conquers All!

Recently engaged? Contact us to plan your event at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Now booking weddings for summer/fall 2021.

Visit thechmm.org to start your planning!

(📸 @zacwolfphotography)

#CustomHouseMaritimeMuseum #CustomHouseMaritimeMuseumWeddings #NewburyportWedding #NBPTWedding #MuseumWeddingVenue #CoastalWeddingVenue #OutdoorMAWeddingVenue #TentedWeddingMA #Engaged #MAWedding #BostonWeddingVenue #WaterfrontWedding #IntimateUniqueCoastalWedding #DestinationNewburyport #DestinationWedding #2021Wedding #LoveNewburyportWeddings #NBPT #Newburyport

Love Conquers All!

Recently engaged? Contact us to plan your event at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Now booking weddings for summer/fall 2021.

Visit thechmm.org to start your planning!

(📸 @zacwolfphotography)

#CustomHouseMaritimeMuseum #CustomHouseMaritimeMuseumWeddings #NewburyportWedding #NBPTWedding #MuseumWeddingVenue #CoastalWeddingVenue #OutdoorMAWeddingVenue #TentedWeddingMA #Engaged #MAWedding #BostonWeddingVenue #WaterfrontWedding #IntimateUniqueCoastalWedding #DestinationNewburyport #DestinationWedding #2021Wedding #LoveNewburyportWeddings #NBPT #Newburyport

Summer Loving! We are now booking weddings for summer/fall 2021!Contact us to host your special event and create memorie...
02/10/2021

Summer Loving! We are now booking weddings for summer/fall 2021!

Contact us to host your special event and create memories at CHMM!

Visit customhousemaritimemuseum.org for more information 💍🤵👰

(📷 Zac Wolf Photography)

#CustomHouseMaritimeMuseum #CustomHouseMaritimeMuseumWeddings #NewburyportWedding #NBPTWedding #MuseumWeddingVenue #CoastalWeddingVenue #OutdoorMAWeddingVenue #TentedWeddingMA #Engaged #MAWedding #BostonWeddingVenue #WaterfrontWedding #IntimateUniqueCoastalWedding #DestinationNewburyport #DestinationWedding #2021Wedding #LoveNewburyportWeddings #NBPT #Newburyport

Summer Loving! We are now booking weddings for summer/fall 2021!

Contact us to host your special event and create memories at CHMM!

Visit customhousemaritimemuseum.org for more information 💍🤵👰

(📷 Zac Wolf Photography)

#CustomHouseMaritimeMuseum #CustomHouseMaritimeMuseumWeddings #NewburyportWedding #NBPTWedding #MuseumWeddingVenue #CoastalWeddingVenue #OutdoorMAWeddingVenue #TentedWeddingMA #Engaged #MAWedding #BostonWeddingVenue #WaterfrontWedding #IntimateUniqueCoastalWedding #DestinationNewburyport #DestinationWedding #2021Wedding #LoveNewburyportWeddings #NBPT #Newburyport

How awesome is it that we have the USCG protecting us?!?!?
02/10/2021

How awesome is it that we have the USCG protecting us?!?!?

Another snowy night on the Merrimack River.

Our crews will be headed out shortly for snow removal, ensuring out boats are always ready to launch for a vessel in distress.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston
U.S. Coast Guard Northeast

The look you give someone when they tell you they’ve never been to the Custom House. Open today from 10-4 and tomorrow 1...
02/06/2021

The look you give someone when they tell you they’ve never been to the Custom House. Open today from 10-4 and tomorrow 12-4. Visit link in bio☝️to purchase your timed ticket! #nbpt #newburyport

The look you give someone when they tell you they’ve never been to the Custom House. Open today from 10-4 and tomorrow 12-4. Visit link in bio☝️to purchase your timed ticket! #nbpt #newburyport

Good morning from the Moseley Gallery at CHMM. Definitely a nip in the air out there. Good time to visit us and learn so...
01/30/2021

Good morning from the Moseley Gallery at CHMM. Definitely a nip in the air out there.

Good time to visit us and learn something new!

We are open 10-4 today and 12-4 Sunday. Purchase tickets online.

#nbpt #newburyport #northshorema #essexcountyma

Good morning from the Moseley Gallery at CHMM. Definitely a nip in the air out there.

Good time to visit us and learn something new!

We are open 10-4 today and 12-4 Sunday. Purchase tickets online.

#nbpt #newburyport #northshorema #essexcountyma

USS Constitution
01/13/2021

USS Constitution

WISDOM WEDNESDAY!  Today we have a favorite quote from LS2 Lyons, which is a slightly modified version of a quote by Marcus Aurelius!  Tune in Thursday at 10 a.m. EST to watch our Facebook Live tour, and ask questions in the chat!

01/09/2021
First Friday 1/8/2021: Rita Parisi

If you missed it last night, check out our Virtual First Friday with Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions, in which she describes the process and inspirations for her one-woman historical theatre performances.
https://youtu.be/vENUnpGpVfc

On January 8, 2021 we welcomed Rita Parisi, founder of Waterfall Productions, in which she creates original theatrical presentations for the purpose of enter...

Well, that's all folks! The last of the Maritime Tree came down this morning. If you were one of the supporters who deco...
01/08/2021

Well, that's all folks! The last of the Maritime Tree came down this morning. If you were one of the supporters who decorated a life ring for the tree and would like to have your ring back, you can come by the museum this weekend during our open hours to pick it up. OR come by in the next week Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 10am and 2pm, and ring the doorbell in the back. Thank you all for making this a bright and joyful end of the year!
#customhousemaritimetree #newburyport

Photograph of the museum of the Newburyport Marine Society (Date Unknown) CHMM 1990.22.1The Newburyport Marine Society w...
01/06/2021

Photograph of the museum of the Newburyport Marine Society (Date Unknown) CHMM 1990.22.1

The Newburyport Marine Society was founded in 1772 in the style and manner of similar societies founded earlier in places like Boston and Salem. Its membership was composed of the present and former shipmasters of Newburyport. As with other such organizations, the principal objectives of the society were to gather navigational information by the members’ comings and goings, and to raise common funds for the relief of their members and their families should they befall the hardships so common to those who lived their lives at sea.
In the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, such organizations existed for a variety of dangerous or physically demanding professions, which otherwise lacked any financial security in case of sickness, death, or other hardship. These organizations would often have their own libraries, or programs for the edification of their membership. The Newburyport Marine Society had their own museum.
Located at their headquarters on State Street, much of the collection of exotic objects brought home from long voyages abroad, served as the basis of the Custom House Maritime Museum collection via the Historical Society of Old Newbury (now the Museum of Old Newbury) when it first opened.

Custom House Maritime Museum Newburyport's cover photo
01/04/2021

Custom House Maritime Museum Newburyport's cover photo

Oh what a year it’s been! Here’s a collection of our top 9 memories from 2020.
01/02/2021

Oh what a year it’s been! Here’s a collection of our top 9 memories from 2020.

Happy New Year!!! In this video, the Custom House Maritime Museum's Assistant Director and Curator, Sean Palmatier recou...
01/01/2021
Custom House Exhibit Year in Review 2020

Happy New Year!!! In this video, the Custom House Maritime Museum's Assistant Director and Curator, Sean Palmatier recounts the process of revitalizing the exhibit spaces of the museum in 2020.
https://youtu.be/DaPeVL-oQ-4
#customhouse #maritime #museum #newburyport

The Custom House Maritime Museum's Assistant Director and Curator, Sean Palmatier recounts the process of revitalizing the exhibit spaces of the museum in 20...

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A very special moment. The light switch was flicked and the magic and the fun began! Great job to ALL!
#SeaScoutsWhoMap. This Maritime Museum has been mapped on our Global Sea Scouts & Waterways Map. Check it out. https://arcg.is/9GqSz Waterways Tab. Bring Sea Scouts to the museum and post photos. #GlobalSeaScoutsMap.
My life ring is lookin' good!
Now that's a Maritime tree! All it needs are the life rings! http://buyalifering.com https://www.facebook.com/lanaosantamaria/posts/1257689161254993
Lexington, Marblehead, and Newburyport militias came to visit
Yes, life is getting back to normal slowwwly. This is wonderful! Reopening the Museum!
Hi, Michael McGinnis here. I’m trying to contact Jack Santos regarding the Pest Houses and more important to me, the possible carving/writing on the rock by Perry Way. (I think). I have been searching the banks of the Merrimack for many years and have found some native artifacts confirmed by an archaeologist who gave a lecture on The Algonquins that I attended. My email is [email protected] phone number 1-978-270-2004. Anytime after 11:00 AM. You can also private message me on Facebook. I love this kind of stuff and would appreciate seeing it. Thanks in advance, Michael
What treasures lie hidden deep in the custom house archives??? Hopefully none like these..
I would like to invite everyone to the October 5th event "Throwing Back; The Massachusetts Pottery Legacy" from 11 to 12:30 at the Custom House.This all ages, family friendly, unique event, would be of interest to everyone who is loves story-telling, pottery making and history as I relate to the current exciting redware, stoneware and art pottery exhibit, "Potters on the Merrimac, A Century of New England Ceramics" in a fast paced, entertaining performance. This program received funding from from the Newburyport Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. I am a Mass Cultural Council "Keeper of Tradition", a Mass CC Gold Star recipient and awarded over 900 LCC grants for my pottery events. I am a pottery demonstrator at Historic Deerfield and at the Old Colony Museum in Taunton. My schedule is found at
**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to New York and New England Heritage (Historical and Genealogical) Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island to honor their Ancestors, and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. A significant amount of the Mariners were from New England. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx
The crew of the Nao Santa María during First Friday.