Details for Herreshoff Marine Museum

Herreshoff Marine Museum

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 29 reviews

Address 1 Burnside Street, PO Box 450
Bristol, RI 02809


After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info:


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Nice floating docks with electricity and water hookups.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $3.00/ft (0000-00-00)

Other price info: $3 per foot per day for boats less than 60 feet.
$4.50 per foot per day for boats greater than 60 feet.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.00 (0000-00-00)

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp is $10 per day.
50 amp is $15 per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Welcome on vessels, not allowed in the museum.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Harbormaster provides pump out boat on call.

There is also a 24-hour self-service pump out on the town dock, just north of the CG station.













Yes - Dozens within a short walk.


Yes - Dozens within a short walk.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Hotel and B and B's within a short walk.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - KESTREL, a 43' Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, is available for day sails and short term charter.

Internet access

Yes - Good Verizon 3G service.

Boat ramp availability


Other services

Museum store offers books, clothing, giftware, and artwork.


The Herreshoff Marine Museum is on site.

Reviews for Herreshoff Marine Museum
Beautiful but Annoying, 2017-07-06
Captain: , Boston (165)

I reserved a mooring on Dockwa for July 4th. The mooring field is very exposed to the south and was quite rocky when I arrived, but overnight the winds shifted and it became very calm. The location is beautiful.

Having said that, the people running the dock clearly weren't interested in managing a marina and were very difficult to communicate with. I wrote a polite Dockwa chat saying that I might arrive late asking about moorings/showers/wifi passwords and didn't get a response. The day of my arrival, I tried to phone several times (leaving a message the first time) and didn't get a callback. Eventually I got someone on the phone in loud conditions. I actually misheard the mooring number (the one I thought I heard wasn't on their moorings map), wrote a Dockwa chat to ask, and never got a response back.

There are many good marinas nearby. I'd recommend staying at one of them.

Great place, great staff, 2016-09-14
Captain: , Naples, FL (10)

We needed assistance docking and the staff dropped everything to help us. They are terrific.

Accommodating , 2016-09-08
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale (30)

We were trying to find a safe harbor for an impending tropical storm after being told in two different harbors we would be asked to leave if the storm was a direct hit. We went to Herreshoff marine and were up front with what our needs were and our intentions of staying on a mooring until the storm past. No problem. Had a great time in Bristol and weathered out the storm on an over sized mooring.

Overnight to Bristol, 2016-09-06
Captain: , Jamestown (10)

Staying the night on a mooring at the Herreshoff Marine Museum is always enjoyable given the short walk to a mix of good restaurants and shops. We arrived in the late afternoon and took the dinghy ashore for cocktails and dinner. After an easy night on the mooring we spent a few hours visiting the Museum before departing. I would give them a 5 star rating if they had a launch service and rest rooms that were available after hours.

Where are you, 2016-09-03
Captain: , Tiverton, RI (20)

Poor communication with dock master

Overnight on Mooring & Private Tour, 2016-08-27
Captain: , Greenwich Harbor (10)

The museum staff were very informative and engaging. The waterfront operations themselves are somewhat limited given the size of the operation, but the staff was very pleasant. Staffers gave us a call ahead of time to confirm the mooring reservation, and we left with a greater appreciation for our nautical roots. Not an overwhelming or overly large operation, but highly recommended if you are anywhere in the neighborhood, by either land or sea.

August 2016 , 2016-08-07
Captain: , Steamboat Springs (10)

Volunteer help in tying up very good. No VHF contact or restrooms. Efficient phone contact. Floating dock, tye along side. Restaurant within walking distance. Great museum and charming town.

Herreshoff - Club Cruise, 2016-08-07
Captain: , Cranston, RI (10)

Very satisfied! Entrance to the museum was included! Enjoyed Bristol restaurants.

Herreshoff Bristol RI, 2016-08-05
Captain: , Cranston RI (30)

Great location. Access to headand shower very limited.

Herreshoff Marine Museum, 2016-08-05
Captain: , Chesapeake YC, Shady SIde, MD (101)

Moorings are solid, we encountered squall winds in excess of 50 knots during the night. Layout is well-spaced, office very reachable by VHF. Very friendly, no launch service, discount entry at the museum if on a mooring. About a 15-minute walk from the rest of Bristol. A little rocky when the SW winds pick up.

convenient, 2016-08-04
Captain: , Apponaug, RI (20)

Toilets and showers aren't available until after 9:30 am. Staff is friendly and museum is awesome.

Improvments needed, 2016-07-31
Captain: , Warwick RI (10)

Herreshoff Marine Museum needs to have launch operators available which is causing them lost revenue because of not having it. Also the office staff needs to be educated in the running of the marina. If you go to the office upstaires and ask a question it like your bothering them so I just left. The tour is excellent and one of the reasons we returned this year but if the items I mentioned above are not corrected we will not return ans also the 4 boats that travel with us will not return either.

Great piece of sailing history, 2015-04-01
Captain: , Buzzards Bay, MA (316)

An excellent collection of classic wooden vessels as well as half hull models and tools of the design trade from the turn of the 19th-20th century. Great, friendly and informative staff.

A Day Stop, not to be missed, 2014-08-05
Captain: , Mashpee, MA (541)

We called ahead to the Herreshoff Museum to see if there were any slips available to visit the museum and were informed there was room for our 33' power boat. We got there an hour later and were directed to a great slip across the street from the museum. We were told we could stay at the dock for 3 hours for no charge and went to the museum.
The museum is first class, with a great model display of the America's Cup boats, interesting 25 minute video of the history of the America's Cup, and great history of the Herreshoff family and their boats. The wharehouse contains approximately 20 of the Herreshoff boats, a couple you can go aboard, all wooden sailboats and a beautiful y restored motor sailor. We spent an hour and a half there but could have spent more but wanted to see Brisol before our time was up.
Bristol is a beautiful New England waterfront village with great restaurants along the waterfront, beautifully maintained classical homes and shops.
Big condos with marina looked awfully attractive, I was ready to move in!
Great stop, but if you are going to take a mooring, watch the wind direction. We were in the area two aternoons with south winds and the harbor is very open and would be a very rough overnight. Think about East Greenwich not too far away for a more protected anchorage in prevailing winds.

Lovely spot, 2014-06-26
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

Bristol is a delightful surprise. Very nice, friendly town with a surprising amount to do. The Herreshoff Museum (which is included in your $1 a foot mooring charge!) is a step back in time and well worth the trip. The town is filled with gorgeous old homes and has nice bars, restaurants and a fine museum. A lovely surprise. And we must have lucked out as the prevailing wind while at the mooring was NE so no bumpy nigh with great views all around.

Visiting Bristol by Boat, 2014-06-23
Captain: , Newport, RI (80)

Yachting magazine's managine editor explains why Bristol is a mus-visit for for those who enjoy small-town charm and yachting history:

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Perfect stop when visiting Bristol, 2013-08-19
Captain: , Montreal, PQ, Canada (560)

We picked up a mooring (45$) wich, btw, included admission to the Herreshoff museum. Very good deal. This is a must see for anybody with interest in boatbuilding history and also the Americas Cup.The restrooms and showers are very acceptable, but being inside the museum building, access is limited to their hours of operation, check with the staff. Otherwise they have portable heads at the docks. It is a short 3 block walk to town, but the dinghy dock at the park at the o=north end of town allows 2/3 hours tie up on the north side.
If you like biking, the great paved bike path that goes all the way to Providence starts from that park, strongly recommended.

Interesting Museum, 2013-06-18
Captain: , Boston (331)

We docked here for 2 nights during a big storm. We paid $3/ft plus $10 for electricity. As others have said, the museum is excellent and you should allow at least 2 hours to see it. RIPTA bus #60 runs up and down Hope St. East Bay Laundry is 2 miles or a $2 bus ride away.

Great place to visit, we will go back, 2012-06-17
Captain: , Warwick, RI (145)

We stayed on a Herreshoff mooring overnight for a very reasonable rate. I enjoyed the museum while my wife walked into town for shopping. A Win-Win situation! The museum is worth a visit, there is a lot of history and great craftsmanship on display. The Herreshoffs were involved in areas that I was not aware of- steam power, torpedo boats, PT boats, and even an automobile. The dock and museum staff are very friendly and helpful. No launch service but they have a nice dinghy dock. We had dinner at the S.S. Dion restaraunt at 520 Thames street, a few block walk away. The food was good and table overlooked the harbor. A warning, S.S. Dion is closed on Sundays.

Great museum, great town, 2011-11-19
Captain: , Narragansett Bay, RI (416)

Spent a day on a mooring this past spring. We walked through the museum and the town. The mooring was rough and the dinghy ride was wet, but still a nice spot. We joined the museum to return the favor.

Herreshoff Museum is a must!, 2011-07-02
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

Stopped on 6/22/11. Fascinating history of 2 brothers and boating/racing. Moorings a bit price @45. Nice town to walk around. No grocery or provisioning. Good rating because of the museum and staff.

Great museum! good moorings., 2011-01-26
Captain: , Barrington RI (516)

The museum does not offer many services, other than the moorings and the museum. No showers, no chandlery, and no launch.

The museum, however is a must see. It is very interesing to anyone at all interested in marine history, or mechanics.

Interesting marina, 2010-09-22
Captain: , charleston (771)

We docked at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. We took refuge from a storm here and elected docking rather than the moorings which are exposed. Our dock slip was still rolly but not as bad as a mooring.
Museum is very interesting, especially after seeing the movie. We were fortunate enough to hear the grandson of Nat Herreshoff (one of the founders of the company) lead a group of Swedsih sailors who were in Newport for the International Boat Show on a tour. Showers and restrooms are within the museum so that was a little unusual.

History galore, 2010-07-12
Captain: , Plymouth, MA (245)

A great day stop, but I wouldn't spend the night cause of rolly and exposed conditions. Easy docking and friendly and accomodating volunteer members. The Herreshoff family story is well told by docents, movies, pictures and a huge display of vintage wooden sailing and power craft. A must see stop on the Bay.

Must see for boaters, 2010-07-03
Captain: , Hilton Head, South Carolina (533)

This is a great museum for anyone who loves the romance of the sea. Its $8 adult and worth every penny. Allow two hours.

Very pleasant town, but rolly moorings, 2010-06-29
Captain: , Milford (530)

We spent a very rolly night (had to sleep on the sole in the saloon) even though there wasn't much wind to be had. The town of Bristol is very pleasant and everthing is within walking distance. The museum is nicely done and the staff are all pleasant. Showers/ bathrooms so so...

Herreshoff Museum, 2009-07-17
Captain: , marion (112)

Interesting display of Hereshoff history, boats, and memorabilea. Knowledgable and helpful staff. Transient moorings available for day stop or overnight ( $45/night). Typical rolly Bristol conditions in southerly winds.

Fantastic Museum, 2008-07-06
Captain: , Charleston, SC (215)

Moorings are somewhat exposed, but well worth the visit to the Museum. Many Herreshoff small boats, both power and sail, are being restored and are on display. Visitiors can step aboard many of the restored boats and see the design and craftsmanship firsthand. The staff is helpful and friendly. The harbor area is picturesque, especially at sundown.

Central Location with Nice Views, 2007-09-07
Captain: , Newport, RI (249)

Moorings and dockage both available - very scenic and the Museum itself is nicely done. Moorings are in a rather open area - so you can get rockings from passing boats and wind fetch. Town is 1/4 mile away from Museum dinghy dock (it is shallow at low tide). Lots of good eateries ranging from casual to upscale with interesting shops in the area.

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