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. We regularly host classic yacht regattas, sponsor symposia on classic yacht design and restoration, and operate an outstanding sailing school for youth and adults. We celebrate excellence in design, innovation, education, and technology.
Immerse yourself in exhibits about the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, the Americas Cup, and the fabulous people and yachts that gained fame around the world. Participate in our extraordinary events and expand your horizons. Visit, join, and be a part of a great tradition.
PLEASE NOTE that our mooring field does not provide launch service, and our public restrooms and showers are temporarily closed due to CDC and State & Local guidance for marinas.
Due to Covid, the showers and heads are not open Sept 2021. The museum is a must for anyone interested in boat design or the America's Cup.
Enjoyed our stay and visit to the museum. Easy to make contact and find our mooring.
We won't go back to Herreshoff Marine Museum marina. The docks are in bad condition. The dock hand does not have a VHF radio so he calls/texts you to schedule arrival. But when we arrived he wasn't there so we had to circle in the mooring field until he came. The slip is narrow with a large stone wall on one side. If there is a SW breeze it's menacing to bring your boat into that slip. We're a 43' sailboat and found it difficult to safely dock, especially since the dock hand didn't know how to secure a boat with a locking cleat hitch. The dock hand agreed to help us depart the next morning, but was a no show (we called twice and texted once). The wind was between 15-20k and without the help of local fishermen it would have been dangerous to leave that slip with just 2 people aboard.
We were only there for a short day trip (3 hours). First time I've docked there, with a stiff SW breeze, so I was very grateful for Jacob's help - he called us ahead of time, started talking us into the slip as soon as we came around the point, and handled all the lines even though we were less than efficient at getting them to him. Bristol is of course beautiful - old houses, nice shops, I've been there many times by land, highly recommended.
Nice new docks, easy access, conveniently close to town.
We moored, slept and left. We didn’t use the facilities or go in. Communication prior to using mooring was good, good directions.
Great spot. Excellent museum!
Very friendly staff in quiet (for the area) anchorage with easy access to town. Only downside was lack of garbage disposal at anchorage
My wife and had a great stay at the marina. Kirk was great host and the location was prefect Will come back soon!
We were happy to return to HMM! Positives: Easy process to book, great location, and Jacob called to make sure we were happy and clear with our close-in mooring. We were. Negatives: No tender. No obvious place to dispose of trash or recycling. During the pandemic, no bathrooms or showers available. (Normally inside HMM during hours of its operation.)
The waterfront at the museum dock is very friendly and no boat too small for great services. Pick a great view and enjoy a very exceptional water front with historic interest and friendly local people. A jewel on the Narragansett. Staff response and consideration a plus for safe and comfortable stay. Link to map location, well in advance. Very informative and enjoyable letter from Herreshoff Marine Museum director included.
Museum was fascinating. Mooring field quieted down nicely in evening.
Rode out Elsa on mooring 705 Went to the Museum on Thursday Took tour with the docent Awesome experience A must see-do on any cruise If you are interested in wooden boats this is the Dali Lama’s temple
Well, just OK. The dock is not in a no wake zone (either are the moorings), the wifi doesn't reach the dock and the bathrooms are in the museum, across the busy street, and closed after the museum closes at 4 or 5 or whenever they feel like it. The dock itself is good, cleats are good and power is good. Next time I'm in Bristol I will look for an alternative location.
Mooring and docks very exposed to S-W wind and seas. Pick a safe mooring that has no chafe or rot. We looked at 4 moorings before finding a secure system. Caveats, we expected high winds that were even more extreme making dinghy rides hair raising. The Museum made the visit worthwhile. Lots of beautiful boats and interpretations. Download the tour app.
We could not reach anyone by phone or VHF. We had booked a slip but upon arrival there were no slips available. A passing gentleman on a tender was able to reach the dockmaster ashore for us at which point they put us on a mooring. This mooring was fouled. They ended up putting us on a different mooring that was too small for our tonnage. Terrible.
We liked it enough to go back a second trip. The cautions are: weddings can blare music to 11:00 PM (I enjoyed it while hanging out), very rolly at times and facilities aren't 24 hours. Josh is a great dockhand.
Very accommodating and friendly staff
Lovely mooring in Bristol harbor. The staff was responsive and welcoming. No launch service but there is a large dinghy dock.
Great place to grab a mooring. The staff was very helpful and so accommodating when we requested an earlier check-in time. The museum is a must see!
Great experience, dock master very helpful
Accommodated request for our group of 4 boats to be close by in mooring field. Dockmaster leaves at 2 on Sundays so no ice available after that. Showers are only available during museum hours. Trash was overflowing at dumpsters. Water is available on the docks. Plenty of dinghy space. The mooring field is NOT in a no wake zone and boats go blasting through creating big wakes. If you’re not planning to visit the museum go further up to town within the no wake zone and be closer to shops and restaurants.
Great service, we had a wonderful stay. The Herreshoff Museum is a treasure! We will be back!
The area is very pretty; however there are no facilities available from 1700hrs to 0900hrs. No trash container; no bathroom, no showers ... nothing after 0900-1700. $100 mooring fee for the above GO FIGURE ? Ronald W Feher Raison Detre [email protected] 607-725-9706
Good price. Bristol can be a little rolly due to boat wakes. Staff was helpful when pedestal power didn't work (found another pedestal for us).
Good dock. Helpful staff. Great museum. Conveniently located
Amazing place; gorgeous boats; a wonderful impromptu tour from the curator.
Launch service much appreciated.
My only regret is not staying longer. Our stay was only a brief overnighter, and I wanted to enjoy the museum as well.
Good dockage and great tour of the museum. Electrical needs some updating.
The marina was wonderful and the museum is a must see. It was very windy (20+ knots) and the staff were amazingly helpful with dock lines etc. I enjoy the short walk into town as well. It is a little rocky at night but the floating dock is better than a mooring because of how it is sheltered immediately next to a fixed pier, at least in a typical southwesterly.
Mooring area exposed to long fetch with resulting continuous wave action. Very uncomfortable resulting in early departure. Dock hand was a volunteer vwho was very nice
Just about everything was terrific. Just two small notes: (1) The docking process (previously reserved space) was a bit confusing - hard to understand just where to put the boat, and what sequence would be used between us and "Christine", also in the process of docking. Also, although the dock crew was satisfied that the assigned spot would accommodate our draft, we wound up with the rudder aground at low tide (departure time 1100), apparently because the bottom shoals up at the inner end of our berth. (2) A staff member locked up the dockside heads while a crew member was inside - led to a rather frightening experience. Additional note: I really didn't want to create a Marinas.com account, but was unable to submit this review without doing so.
Enjoyed our stay. The primary inconvenience was that the bathroom and shower facilities were closed on the afternoon of 7/4. They reopened on 7/5. Also, we didn't know how to access the wifi...no info on the webpage.