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Address: One Burnside Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Phone Number: +1 401-253-5000
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The Museum, bordering beautiful Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island,...

The Museum, bordering beautiful Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is one of the nation's most important historic maritime treasures. We regularly host classic yacht regattas, sponsor symposia on classic yacht design and restoration, and operate an outstanding sailing school for youth and adults.

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this is a great place to visit if you are into sailing. Lots of history here and a pleasant staff to tell you about the boats they show in their showroom. Located close to the bay... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Tucson, Arizona
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

this is a great place to visit if you are into sailing. Lots of history here and a pleasant staff to tell you about the boats they show in their showroom. Located close to the bay so it is very nautical in feeling. Nice gift shop for browsing.

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Excelsior, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The staff there was extremely knowledgeable and personable. If you love boating of any kind, a must see.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Over 60 significant boats are housed in this waterside Bristol, Rhode Island museum where the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company was located founded by John Brown Herreshoff (a blind boatbuilder) and his naval architect and steam engineer brother, Captain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff. The star of the Herreshoff Museum is a one-sixth scale museum-quality model of RELIANCE, largest gaff-rigged cutter ever built... More 

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Thank Connie B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Wow, do they have boats! This is the place to learn about the cutting edge of boat building over the past 100 years- much of it took place right in Bristol. You will see some amazing photos of boats with more sail than you could ever imagine, and they have a number of old boats you can climb on board... More 

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Thank Carl D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Spent a great afternoon in the museum full of historical nautical information, World Cup hall of fame, displays and pictures. Docents available for guided tours. Great gift shop and knowledgeable staff. You can also check out their workshop.

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Thank Phyllis K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Bristol is a world-renowned boat building town, and while the emphasis may have passed from wood to fiberglass and carbon, the Herreshoff museum is a tribute to a team of brothers and there incredibly skilled craftsman who produced some of the world's most beautiful boats over 100 years ago. The museum is small, consisting of a room with murals, dioramas,... More 

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I/ was amazed at the sailboats and mariner history this place had. The history behind their sailboats was fascinating. Who would've ever of known right here in Bristol all this mariner history. The stories told were very interesting!

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Thank OwensAdventures12
Beaufort, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

If old wooden boats are your thing you'll love this place. Spent 3 hours and still likely missed a lot. Would go again in a heartbeat.

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

The Herreshoff was the venue of our dreams. We got married on the pier and then drove off on the boat Latitude. The site coordinator Meg was phenomenal! She went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect and was exceptional at coordinating all the vendors. This views at the Herreshoff speak for themselves.

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

This museum may be small but it is packed with boating and other maritime information and displays, including real ships, ship models, sailing and shipping memorabilia. It is well worth the visit.

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