Support Herreshoff Marine Museum

Our mission is to educate and inspire the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America’s Cup competition.

The Museum exhibits Herreshoff yachts, models, historic photographs, steam engines, and artifacts related to America’s greatest naval architect and builder during “The Golden Age of Yachting”.

The America’s Cup Hall of Fame is located on the grounds of the former Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, where yachts were built for eight consecutive America’s Cup defenses between 1893 and 1934. Its collection includes plaques and photographs honoring the inductees; half-hull models of challengers and defenders; artifacts including spars, steering wheels, and tank test model hulls; and special exhibits about the Cup.


Please contact us at 401-253-5000 for more information about becoming a member.

Membership Levels

INDIVIDUAL membership ($40) includes free admission to the Museum, member rate to the Museum Lecture Series, a 10% discount on Museum store purchases, and invitations to special events and activities.

FAMILY membership ($60) provides the benefits of individual membership for a family of 4.

VIGILANT membership ($125) provides the benefits of individual membership along with reciprocal privileges to more than 40 other maritime museums, as well as a 10% discount on transient dockage and mooring rates at the Museum’s waterfront.

COLUMBIA membership ($250) provides VIGILANT membership benefits with the addition of 2 guest passes and a 15% discount on transient waterfront reservations. COLUMBIA membership also allows access to the Sailboat Rental Program. 

DEFENDER membership ($500) provides COLUMBIA membership, 4 guest passes, and a 20% transient waterfront discount. 

RELIANCE membership ($1000) provides DEFENDER membership benefits plus 6 guest passes per year, a 25% discount on transient waterfront reservations, a 15% discount on seasonal waterfront reservations, and a one-time welcome gift of a Herreshoff Burgee. 


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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