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Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol

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The Herreshoff Marine Museumis a maritime museum in Bristol, Rhode Island dedicated to the history of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, yachting, and 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.
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  • We were in Newport for a commissioning ceremony and had an extra day after seeing our son off for his next duty station. We were both a little down, not knowing when we'd get another visit -- and... 
    We were in Newport for a commissioning ceremony and had an extra day after seeing our son off for his next duty station. We were both a little down, not knowing when we'd get another visit -- and...  more »
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  • Stunning boats and nice exhibits. Coming by boat and staying on a mooring for the night made it extra special. Thanks to the Dockmaster, Jacob, for outstanding service.
  • Admission was fifteen dollars which may be a little steep, but as soon as you start talking to Bill, the museum's expert on sailing and the Herreshoffs, you realize it's worth it. Bill was absolutely amazing and a wealth of knowledge. It is a great place to get out of the heat, learn about Bristol's maritime history, and see some beautiful craftsmanship.

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