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Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame

1 Burnside St, Bristol, RI 02809-2003
+1 401-253-5000
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Herreshoff Marine Museum

If old wooden boats are your thing you'll love this place. Spent 3 hours and still likely missed a... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2016
Beaufort, South Carolina

The Herreshoff was the venue of our dreams. We got married on the pier and then drove off on the... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2016
Bristol, Rhode Island
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CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR WINTER - WILL OPEN WITH ONE WEEK NOTICE THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM / AMERICA'S CUP HALL OF FAME is dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America's Cup competition. The Museum, bordering beautiful Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is one of the nation's most important historic maritime treasures. We regularly host classic yacht regattas, sponsor symposia on classic yacht design and restoration, and operate an outstanding sailing school for youth and adults. We celebrate excellence in design, innovation, education, and technology. Immerse yourself in exhibits about the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, the America’s Cup, and the fabulous people and yachts that gained fame around the world. Participate in our extraordinary events and expand your horizons. Visit, join, and be a part of a great tradition.
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“on display” (7 reviews)
“boat building” (4 reviews)
“wooden boats” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 22:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Burnside St, Bristol, RI 02809-2003
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

If old wooden boats are your thing you'll love this place. Spent 3 hours and still likely missed a lot. Would go again in a heartbeat.

Thank WildWillyR
Reviewed 10 August 2016

The Herreshoff was the venue of our dreams. We got married on the pier and then drove off on the boat Latitude. The site coordinator Meg was phenomenal! She went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect and was exceptional at coordinating...More

Thank kyleerae06
Reviewed 10 August 2016

This museum may be small but it is packed with boating and other maritime information and displays, including real ships, ship models, sailing and shipping memorabilia. It is well worth the visit.

Thank Debbie L
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We arrived by boat and took a mooring in the museum's field. Dingyed in to the dock and walked across the street to the museum. Little did we know that this allowed all four of us free admission to the museum. The movie about the...More

Thank 110vivian
Reviewed 21 July 2016

Bristol has a huge maritime history, and Herreshoff was a large part of that. The Hall of Boats alone is wiorth the trip. If you enjoy history and you have even a remote interest in boats, take this in.

Thank Jibster
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Fans of history, New England, craftsmanship and of course sailing will enjoy the wealth of history in one building. The Herreshoff Marine Museum is a must for the sailing enthusiast. America's Cup history is everywhere. Sandy gave a very detailed account of the Hereshoff brothers...More

Thank JoeCharlebois
Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Excellent diversion on a rainy afternoon. The museum has excellent displays on the family that built the first America's Cup boats as well as models and retired boats for exploring. Many thanks to the interpretive guide who helped make it interesting too. Glad we went!

Thank Erika E
Reviewed 31 May 2016

This museum is great if you have an interest in small boats and personal craft. Very interesting to see how important Herreshoff was for the development of yachting and boating. While I am not a boat-lover, I still enjoyed the models and actual boats on...More

Thank ClassicalMusicRules
Reviewed 1 May 2016

Wonderful celebration of yachting, racing, boat building and design. Adjacent to the museum is a proud collection of Herreshoff boats, some you can even board once you remove your shoes. Great displays, and helpful, knowledgeable staff. And a worthwhile gift shop.

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 22 February 2016

Hereschoff has a long and proud tradition as a builder of sailboats. The museum celebrates the boats made here from the stately and winning 12 Meters, to the humble and beautiful Hereschoff work boats. This is a real treat for sailors or all skill levels....More

Thank FoodSnob2015
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20 April 2017|
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Response from Herreshoff Mari... A | Property representative |
Hello, The museum has two levels. Unfortunately there is no elevator. On the first level there is the America's Cup, the timeline wall, and the entire hall of boats. On the second floor is the model room and Aria gallery... More