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We look forward to your active participation in the Reliance Society; an impassioned cohort of generous contributors who provide essential support to the museum and whom we gather together, in gratitude, for thoughtful and provocative events and activities.

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Reliance Society Members will be invited to participate in:

  • • White Glove tours of Museum collections Model Room, Restoration Shop, Curatorial Vault and special accessions.
  • • Private Wine, Craft Beer & Spirits tastings- Hosted ‘Happy Hours’ at Peacock Alley House (PAH).
  • • Summer Lunch & Lecture with HMM President Bill Lynn at New York Yacht Club.
  • • Curated overseas trip to Americas Cup Races and/or Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies.*
  • • Day Trips to local maritime museums by bus or boat.*
  • • Herreshoff Sailboat racing on Narragansett Bay.
  • • On-The-Bay Outings including picnics, cocktails, sunset tours and more.
  • • Grandparent & Grandchild High Tea Party in Hall of Boats followed by boat rides.
  • • Pre-Party receptions at PAH for major events.
  • • Recognition at Gala and reserved VIP Tables. *
  • • Replica Prints of conic historic images from the collection.*
  • • House Dinner Parties or Luncheon Garden Tours ‘For Members Only’ hosted by members.
  • • Calendar (annual) of Maritime Photos by prominent maritime photographers.
  • • Large Herreshoff Museum Burgee.
  • • Backyard BBQ co-hosted by Board Chair and Executive Director.
  • • Wednesday Night potluck receptions at PAH watching Bristol Yacht Club races, no host, BYOB.
  • • Super Bowl or Kentucky Derby parties at PAH.
  • • Complimentary tickets to Newport Int’l. Boat Show.
  • • Group outings in Historical Newport.
  • *Additional terms may apply.


You are invited to become a part of our flagship giving group, the RELIANCE Society.  Be an active part of the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame, a growing institution, dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and its founders, brothers Nathanael Greene Herreshoff and John Brown Herreshoff. Enjoy our exhibits, special events, active waterfront and Sailing School. As a member, you will receive special benefits while supporting the Museum's programs.

Donate $3,000 annually for 5 years and enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Herreshoff collection, receive a beautiful brass compass, the book Herreshoff of Bristol, as well as special membership privileges, including invitations to RELIANCE Society events. 

Included during your pledge years are: 

  • Tours of the NGH Model Room
  • Invitation to special events and activities
  • Free admission to the Museum and Library
  • Reciprocal free admission to over 60 maritime museums
  • Access to boat rentals, including Herreshoff 12 1/2's Bullseyes, Sea Sprite 23's and a Cape Dory Typhoon
  • Subscription to our publications
  • Free admission to Museum Lecture Series
  • 15% off dockage at the Museum
  • 15% discount on all Museum Store purchases


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