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Welcome to the Herreshoff Museum. We are now open to the public for tours, Thursdays through Sundays, 10-5. Visitors of the Museum will be asked to follow a few simple rules to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.


Video: “In Contact with the Enemy: The Nazi Spy and U.S. Navy Lieutenant John F. Kennedy” A presentation by David Kohnen, Ph.D. 

David Kohnen earned the PhD with the Laughton Professor of Naval History in the War Studies Department at the University of London

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Latest Online Content:

This Week in Herreshoff History: June 25 

Curator’s Log: Captain Nat and the Herreshoff Biographies (Part Four) 

Lecture Video: “Hold Fast” by Marshall Highet & Bird Stasz Jones 

THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM / AMERICA'S CUP HALL OF FAME is dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America's Cup competition. The Museum, bordering beautiful Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is one of the nation's most important historic maritime treasures.

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Programs are open for registration

2020 Dates and Information

Museum Information

Open 10am-5pm 

Thursdays through Sundays


One Burnside Street 

Bristol RI 02809 USA

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+1 401 253 5000

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March 11, 2020

The Induction Ceremony is scheduled to take place at the INEOS Team UK base in Portsmouth, England, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.


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The Curator's Log

Curator’s Log: Captain Nat and the Herreshoff Biographies - Part Four: About Nat Himself by John Palmieri

How the movement of military personnel, the crowding of factories for war-time production, rallies, parades and the Liberty Bond Campaign impacted HMCo. and Bristol in the influenza pandemic more than a hundred years ago


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We are taking bookings for Weddings and Special Events in Fall/Winter of 2020 and year-round in 2021 while keeping safety a top priority.
Guidance regarding gatherings in the Fall is still to be determined, however, it appears that gatherings of 50 or less MAY be possible. Our waterfront venue closes in early October, however, the Museum has a variety of unique indoor spaces that can accommodate groups from 25 up to 200 guests. Tables and chairs are always included, and later in the Fall and Winter, we use Industrial heaters located outside the building to keep your party toasty in the coldest of weather. Wedding ceremonies and photoshoots can be held outside on the waterfront pier, lawn, or next-door public park alongside the water (weather permitting). Located on the ground floor inside the Museum and fully handicap accessible, the Hall of Boats is the heart of the Herreshoff collection, and it is a special place to infuse your dinner or reception with a unique vibe. In this impressive space, your party will take place among more than a dozen spectacular antique wooden boats, all built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Many boats are on wheeled platforms that can be moved to accommodate and customize events of any size or configuration. We can host up to 125 people for a seated dinner or up to 250 for cocktails. A projection screen is available per your request.
Make your event truly memorable in the Hall of Boats at HMM.

Visit herreshoff.org/weddings to learn more.

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