The Herreshoff Marine Museum – Bristol, RI


In 1971, A. Sidney DeWolf Herreshoff and Rebecca Chase Herreshoff founded the Herreshoff Marine Museum to preserve and perpetuate the unique accomplishments of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Today the campus encompasses a large museum facility, the old family homestead, six former company buildings, and a large portion of the company’s waterfront.

As a result of more than fifty years of careful documentation, acquisition and restoration, the Museum boasts over sixty significant boats, ranging from the 8½’ dinghy, NATHANAEL to the 75′ DEFIANT, built in 1992 for the successful defense of the America’s Cup.

Step aboard restored designs to experience the finely appointed interiors to gain an sense of what it is like to cruise aboard these historic boats or peruse the Nathanael Green Herreshoff Model room which holds a collection of of 500 models that are works of art themselves and a testimony to the genius of the Captain Nat’s designs as a naval architect.

A changing number of exhibits illustrates important facets of the Herreshoff history. Besides the yachts and models, the Museum has catalogued and displayed hundreds of artifacts and memorabilia significant to the Herreshoff legacy.



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The Herreshoff Marine Museum offers a premier waterfront location for your next special event such as a clambake, business meeting, small conference, corporate retreat, holiday party, regatta, wedding or family reunion. Our facilities provide a beautiful and historic location for your event, amidst dozens of exceptional historic Herreshoff boats at a spectacular waterfront property overlooking Bristol Harbor.

The Museum offers several attractive alternatives for your meeting, social event, or wedding such as the Waterfront, Hall of Boats, Aria Gallery, Conference Room or the second floor of the Historical Burnside Building.



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