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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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A must for sailors

Spent a great afternoon in the museum full of historical nautical information, World Cup hall of... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2016
Phyllis K
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A great, unique museum

Bristol is a world-renowned boat building town, and while the emphasis may have passed from wood to... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
Rob B
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Burnside St, Bristol, RI 02809-2003
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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Spent a great afternoon in the museum full of historical nautical information, World Cup hall of fame, displays and pictures. Docents available for guided tours. Great gift shop and knowledgeable staff. You can also check out their workshop.

1  Thank Phyllis K
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Bristol is a world-renowned boat building town, and while the emphasis may have passed from wood to fiberglass and carbon, the Herreshoff museum is a tribute to a team of brothers and there incredibly skilled craftsman who produced some of the world's most beautiful boats...More

2  Thank Rob B
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

I/ was amazed at the sailboats and mariner history this place had. The history behind their sailboats was fascinating. Who would've ever of known right here in Bristol all this mariner history. The stories told were very interesting!

1  Thank OwensAdventures12
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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.

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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

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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.

1  Thank Debbie L
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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

1  Thank 110vivian
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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.

1  Thank Jibster
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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

1  Thank JoeCharlebois
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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!

1  Thank Erika E
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chemoangel
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
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