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What's New

Custom House Maritime Museum Now Open on Weekends!

March 9, 2012

A New Exhibition and Early Start to the 2012 Season!


Starting March 10th, the museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning its 2012 season over two months earlier than last year.  Weekend hours are:

Saturdays: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sundays: Noon to 4:00pm


In addition, the museum is featuring a new exhibition "Her hand upon the Helm," on Saturdays and Sundays from March 10th through April 1st, in celebration of Women's History Month.

An Early Opening in 2012

with a new exhibition celebrating achievements

of four Maritime Women


CMD Gloria Ann Holmes





Rev. Dr. Gloria Ann Holmes

Dr. Gloria Ann Holmes, a U.S. Navy Commander, exacting model shipwright, and esteemed academic achiever, joined the United States Navy intent on becoming the first women to command a ship of the fleet.


Mary Graves




Mary Graves

She was among the first of women who sailed the seas with their captain husbands in the mid-19th century. Her ten years of experience and courage under severe duress saved their lives, those of its crew and the ship full of valuable cargo.


Alice Brown




Alice Brown

Daughter of renowned Newburyport sea captain Lawrence Brown, Alice sailed with her father on distant voyages to the Orient. At a very young age this highly artistic woman took full advantage of her amazing worldly exposure.




Elizabeth Bray



Elizabeth Bray

From two voyages aboard Volant, she conveys rare and touching insight to 19th century life at sea through 140 handwritten journal pages.




Saturdays and Sundays from March 10th through April 1st.

Her hand upon the Helm


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