The Herreshoff Marine Museum was founded back in 1971, as a way to preserve the unique accomplishments of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company.
Today, the campus is now home to a large museum facility, as well as the old family homestead, six former company buildings, and a beautiful waterfront too!
Did you know that Rhode Island's LARGEST boat ("Sprite") was a Herreshoff design? In fact, the first U Navy torpedo boats, as well as the principal one design racers of the New York Yacht Club, and the finest light weight steam machinery were all Herreshoff designs too.
So you see, there is a LOT of history to uncover at the Herreshoff Marine Museum!
Today, the museum boats over 60 significant boats, as well as the model room that holds a collection that is unique in the world. The 500 models are works of art in themselves, and always fascinating to see!
Also in the complex is the America's Cup Hall of Fame, dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the America's Cup competition.
You all know the name, now it's time to find out the story!
Don't miss checking out the many events that the museum holds across the season, including the Regatta and 4th of July celebrations!
Climb aboard, our time at the Herreshoff Marine Museum is about to begin, so let's set sail!
The Museum is located at One Burnside Street, at the corner of Hope Street (Route 114) and Burnside Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, 0.5 miles south of the center of Bristol and 1.5 miles north of the Mount Hope Bridge. The Museum is a 25-minute drive from Providence, Newport, or Fall River.Get directions
$10 for seniors & military
Grab something to enjoy in the area before or after your visit!
If you want to support the museum and visit regularly, it's worth checking out membership!
The Museum Shop has a host of items to take home with you, from hats and jackets, to dog collars and more!
Give them a call to arrange your group visit ahead of time! Tours may be available during the off-season based on docent and staff availability. Their mission is to educate and inspire!
Give them a call to ask about the accessibility, they will be happy to help!