THE HERRESHOFF GOLDEN JUBILEE

1971 – 2021

Celebrating 50 Years of Collection, Preservation, Interpretation & Education

Learn more about our Jubilee Events, News, and Herreshoff Legacy Stories

S-Boat Drawings / MIT Museum

This Week in Herreshoff History

This Week in Herreshoff History: March 4 

Another 46-foot-class rule beater, a handful of fin keels, a publishing baron’s fleet and fears of a boiler explosion

Next Lecture Series Event

Virtual Lecture with Dr. Yvonne Masakowski: “Whaling Women of New England” 

March 18, 2021 7:00 pm

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VISIT

From April – December, we are open to the public for self-guided tours, Thursdays through Sundays, from 10am-5pm. Look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.

LEARN

Our range of programming for youth and adults, both on shore and on the water, make HMM a unique center for learning and historical perspective.

SUPPORT

Your support can make all the difference as we seek to preserve the Herreshoff legacy for marine & industrial innovation, and develop a sustainable institution.

The Museum Turns 50

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA – The Herreshoff Marine Museum is thrilled to announce its Golden Jubilee year— the 50th anniversary of its founding. Throughout 2021, the Museum will celebrate five decades of preservation and interpretation of the world-renowned Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and its remarkable founders, brothers John and Nathanael (“Captain Nat”) Herreshoff. The Museum will commemorate this yearlong anniversary with programming and special events engaging Herreshoff boat owners around the world, America’s Cup veterans and enthusiasts, and the maritime heritage community at large.

Join the Celebration!

With over 2,000 boats built, and many still sailing (or motoring) today, so many of us have stories to tell about our experiences aboard Herreshoff boats and with Herreshoff people. Telling us your story is one way to participate in this year-long party, but we’ve also planned a great mix of events (both virtual and in-person), lectures and sailing events to get you in the Jubilee mood. Scroll down to see other ways to join the fun!

Explore our Museum


America’s Cup

Hall of Fame


The America’s Cup Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to yachting’s most distinguished competition.

Waterfront


Come by water and stay or walk our docks to experience the heart of the Rhode Island coastline.

Building 28


Building 28 was the home to the construction of a 37’ tall model of 1903 Herreshoff-built America’s Cup defender RELIANCE and continues to be a place of creation.

Hall of Boats


As a result of more than thirty-five years of careful documentation, acquisition and restoration, the Museum boasts over sixty significant boats.

Rebecca Chase Herreshoff Library


The primary research resource and repository of manuscripts of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (1863-1945) and the Herreshoff family.

Herreshoff Events


From Lecture Series to Community Events, there is always something happening at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol.


THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Gowrie Group

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PURE Insurance Company

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Pella

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From its founding, Pella has always been about providing innovative windows and doors that do more than frame the landscape — they make life easier with meaningful details that matter every day. Pella has a proud 85-year history of environmental stewardship and has been recognized for its energy efficiency leadership and sustainable business practices. From the company’s founding, Pella has been a leader in technology and product innovation. In fact, they’ve been awarded more than 100 product and design patents. Products and features now commonplace throughout the window industry — like the tilt-wash double-hung window — were invented by Pella engineers.

Cisco

Sponsor

Nantucket Vineyard was the first arm of our business opening in the early 1980’s as a small project of the Long Family.  After a few years, Winery employees ended up falling in love with the wine and each other, and voila! – Cisco Brewers was born on the Hudson’s stovetop in 1995.  Whispers of a brewery floated on the Nantucket wind, catching the ear of a few people, including a Mr. Harman.  Using the previously tested and proven formula of starting a business from another business, Winery and Brewery employees enjoyed a few glasses / pints (respectively) together and hatched the idea for Triple Eight Distillery in 2000.   All three businesses are constantly evolving, and we now produce a wide variety of world-class wines, beers, and spirits.  Come out and enjoy our Nantucket haven- just prepare yourself in case your mind blows up from all the awesomeness.

Points East

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A unique cruising magazine celebrating the Down East coast Cruisers who come to the Gulf of Maine have a special fondness for the region’s unique marine assets, from its skilled craftsmen to its quiet, secluded harbors to its pristine environment. Points East represents the Down East cruising culture. Points East celebrates it and gives it voice.

American Cruise Lines

Silver Sponsor

American Cruise Lines provides guests an extraordinary river cruising experience while exploring the historic waterways of the United States. Cruise in comfort aboard our modern fleet of river boats and paddlewheelers. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and personalized service on every cruise.