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America's cup museum: Herreshoff Designs, Yachting History, guided tours

A must-visit destination for any maritime history or boating enthusiast, the Herreshoff Marine Museum is an engaging exploration of the U.S.'s yachting history. Celebrating the contributions of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, the museum explores the innovations and history of the esteemed boat designer. Take a docent-led tour of sixty boats designed by Herreshoff, ranging from Rhode Island's oldest boat, the 1849 Sprite, to the 75-foot Defiant, which successfully defended in the 1992 America's Cup. The museum is also home of the America's Cup Hall of Fame.


Prices -

 Adults: $12, Seniors: $10, Military: $8, Children: $5

Hours -

 Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed seasonally from December 21st to April 28th.


  • Lectures & Panels
  • Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta
  • Holiday Celebrations


  • Exhibits & Artifacts  
  • America's Cup Hall of Fame
  • Docent-led Tours
  • Boat Collection
  • Model Room


  • Why is the museum located in bristol, RI?

    The legendary Herreshoff Manufacturing Company began in 1878 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Since that time, Bristol and Narragansett Bay have enjoyed a continued legacy of boat-building excellence and innovation. To celebrate the town's significant role in maritime history, Bristol invites visitors to experience classic yacht regattas, attend symposia on classic yacht design and restoration, and tour the maritime museum.
  • What are some exciting things to see at the Museum?

    The museum displays incredible yachts and artifacts that highlight Herreshoff history, including the Nathanael Greene Herreshoff Model Room with 500 models that are works of art and testimony to Captain Nat's genius as a naval architect. You will also see Rhode Island's oldest boat, SPRITE, and RELIANCE, the largest America's Cup boat ever built. Visitors can step aboard TORCH, a restored Fishers Island 31, and experience what it was like to cruise aboard this historic boat.  The Museum also displays hundreds of artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, and Captain Nat's notes.

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