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Herreshoff Museum, Bristol

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The Herreshoff Marine Museum, located in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, is a maritime museum dedicated to the history of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, yachting, and the America's Cup. The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (1878-1945) was most notable for producing sailing yachts, including eight America's Cup defenders, and steam-powered vessels.The museum, situated near Narragansett Bay on the grounds where the manufacturing company once stood, has a collection of over sixty boats including Nathanael Greene Herreshoff's Clara, built in 1887, Harold Vanderbilt's Trivia, and the 1992 IACC yacht, Defiant. The Nathanael Greene Herreshoff Model Room contains over 500 yacht and steam yacht models and the Rebecca Chase Herreshoff Library holds a collection of books and manuscripts related to the company, the Herreshoff family, and yachting. The museum also hosts symposia related to yacht design and operates a sailing school.HistoryThe museum was founded in 1971 by A. Sidney DeWolf Herreshoff and Rebecca Chase Herreshoff to preserve the accomplishments of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. In 1992, founded by Halsey Chase Herreshoff and Edward duMoulin, the museum launched the America's Cup Hall of Fame to honor outstanding individuals of the America's Cup yacht race.
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  • As a yachting destination, Newport is hard to beat. The beautiful harbour and charming town life lived up to its reputation, and my husband was in heaven. ⛵️ Then, we went to the Herreshoff Marine Mus...  more »
  • 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 nautic...  more »
  • The staff there was extremely knowledgeable and personable. If you love boating of any kind, a must see. 
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  • Make sure you see the collection of boat hull models! Simply amazing.
  • With 50 plus beautifully restored boats and an internationasl reputation for Amerias Cup racing memorbilia this museum is top shelf. View one of the two available movies at the HMM.