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Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame

Open Now: 10:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Beautiful, classic boats and America’s Cup history

Stumbled on this by mistake but so glad we did. Several boats that can be boarded. Great for fans... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2018
Aptos, California
Excellent displays with history of yachting, boat building and sailing.

Wonderful tours help guide you through all the exhibits about yachts, boat building and sailing... read more

Reviewed September 12, 2018
San Antonio, Texas
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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...more
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1 Burnside St, Bristol, RI 02809-2003
+1 401-253-5000
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

While fans of high-end sailing may drool over the gorgeous boats, this museum could be so much better. The models were lovely, but almost none of them included the scale. The museum could include information about the craftspeople who built the boats: where were they...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BaliloverNewYork
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Stumbled on this by mistake but so glad we did. Several boats that can be boarded. Great for fans of elegant wooden boats and fine craftsmanship.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank GregCole2240
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Wonderful tours help guide you through all the exhibits about yachts, boat building and sailing. This is the place to learn about the story of the Herreshoff Mfg Co. The gift shop has many nice books and wide variety of nautical items. All very interesting!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank lhhcooper
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Herreshoff Museum has to be my all time favorite for learning about the history of competitive sailing (America's Cup) between US and UK in the early days. On top of that you can learn about early US Navy boats that were built here in Bristol...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steve E
Reviewed July 31, 2018

Being an old time sailor, the name Herreshoff was well know to me as the designer and builder of high quality, really fast sailboats. This museum captures the spirit of the two brothers the changed the way cup winning boats were built. Extending their ability...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Ibrand2015
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Although this museum has received wonderful reviews, it has NO air conditioning! The day we visited in the summer was brutal. I really couldn't enjoy the experience at all due to the stifling heat. If you're sensitive to hot weather, I suggest you visit in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank fba5
Reviewed June 18, 2018

We were cooling our heels before an afternoon wedding and other members of our party recommended this place. It was a 10-15 minute walk along pleasant streets including Hope Street where the center line is painted red, white & blue. (Many flags and lots of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Lulu22902
Reviewed May 28, 2018

Fascinating displays and history of the premier boat builders of America. The craftsmanship is awe inspiring. well with a visit

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Kyle S
Reviewed May 21, 2018

The museum is devoted to the history of the America's Cup race, which for many years was held in the waters off of Newport, RI. There are some wonderful examples of the wooden boats that were built by the Herreshoff family company in Bristol. The...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank nebrighteyes
Reviewed December 7, 2017

The Herreshoff Marine Museum is a step into history when boats were made by the hand and skill of gifted men/ The exhibits are fascinating, presenting yachts, small skiffs and dingies. The old traditions all well illustrated with photographs, documents, maps and models. The campus...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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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