Herreshoff Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame, Bristol, Rhode Island
What could you visit nearby?
Newport, Rhode Island is 15 miles away and Providence, 15 miles away
What makes this a favorite of yours?
The boats are beautiful!
The Herreshoff Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame show Rhode Island’s amazing maritime history.
If you like boating, you have to see this museum.
Impressive that the Herreshoffs made other things too, like cars.
Museum is in a lovely location on Narragansett Bay, across from the wharf.
On the property there is also a family homestead, former company buildings and the waterfront.
Learn about the famous Herreshoff boats and the America’s Cup competition.
Also learn about the other great boat designers and builders.
History includes fascinating people and yachts from around the world.
You can board some of the boats at the Museum.
The Herreshoffs designed:
- Rhode Island’s oldest boat, SPRITE, (claimed to be the oldest existing private yacht in the US)
- RELIANCE, the largest America’s Cup boat ever built
- First US Navy torpedo boats,
- Enormous schooner yachts
- One design racers of the New York Yacht Club
Most legendary feat: constructing eight consecutive successful defenders of the America’s Cup from 1893 to 1934.
What is the best way to enjoy this museum?
Free guided tours available
Consider visiting during one of the events or lectures.
Or come during the August Regatta to see these lovely classic yachts racing in the harbor
What does this museum tell us about you?
I really love being on the water and sailing. So if you also share these interests, you will love this museum. I sail up the coast of New England each summer and always look forward to a stop here. On each visit, I am surprised and pleased that adults and children can still sail these treasures at the museum’s sailing school.