Herreshoff Marine Museum

$3/ft - $4.50/ft


Day Trip
1 Burnside Street
Bristol, RI 02809-2015
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 12:00 PM
VHF 72

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39 Reviews

by aries on Aug 01, 2022
Pros: Beautiful harbor, nice town, nice people, museum was okay. Cons: Cost was out of line at a dollar a foot for an unprotected mooring w/o launch service. Next time, we will stay at one of the moorings in town.

by dmcmd2000 on Jul 17, 2022
Great Mooring with plenty of swing room and new tackle. 150 yds from dinghy dock. Far enough from busy waterfront restaurants to be quiet but close enough to walk or take dinghy to town dock. If you're looking for facilities this is not the place. it is not a marina or yacht club. It's a museum full of sailing history.

by skipdude on Jul 16, 2022
Responsive both pre-arrival & on the day, museum worth the visit, shower / facilities OK, mooring pendant very worn / frayed. Have been twice in two years.

by andrewnaylor on Jun 29, 2022
Wonderful people The Museum is a must, easy stroll into a beautiful unspoilt town. Dock staff could not have been more helpful, They even allowed a fuel truck to deliver fuel to the boat, Fantastic .

by karkauai on Sep 27, 2021
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.

by vanlennep1213 on Sep 20, 2021
Enjoyed our stay and visit to the museum. Easy to make contact and find our mooring.

by gf4306 on Sep 13, 2021
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.

by mrothman on Sep 06, 2021
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.

by grittnerpm on Aug 25, 2021
Nice new docks, easy access, conveniently close to town.

by vanvliett on Aug 20, 2021
We moored, slept and left. We didn’t use the facilities or go in. Communication prior to using mooring was good, good directions.

by flyer39 on Aug 19, 2021
Great spot. Excellent museum!

by svhighlander338 on Aug 05, 2021
Very friendly staff in quiet (for the area) anchorage with easy access to town. Only downside was lack of garbage disposal at anchorage

by bucdumais15 on Aug 04, 2021
My wife and had a great stay at the marina. Kirk was great host and the location was prefect Will come back soon!

by hopalonghyde on Jul 26, 2021
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.)

by wendyc on Jul 25, 2021
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.

by captainpouchy on Jul 19, 2021
Museum was fascinating. Mooring field quieted down nicely in evening.

by ehniii on Jul 11, 2021
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

by michaelscohen on Jun 27, 2021
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.

by wrbuchanan on Oct 09, 2020
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.

by lexipetter on Jul 07, 2020
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.

by iownme on Sep 22, 2019
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.

by tprendergast on Sep 03, 2019
Very accommodating and friendly staff

by chowland0413 on Jul 28, 2019
Lovely mooring in Bristol harbor. The staff was responsive and welcoming. No launch service but there is a large dinghy dock.

by svliberty on Jul 23, 2019
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!

by hendricksonjoshua on Jul 21, 2019
Great experience, dock master very helpful

by horizon8228 on Jul 17, 2019
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.

by 1jparker0715 on Jul 16, 2019
Great service, we had a wonderful stay. The Herreshoff Museum is a treasure! We will be back!

by selestra35 on Jul 06, 2019
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

by rigirly on Jun 27, 2019
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).

by g2nconnell on Jun 24, 2019
Good dock. Helpful staff. Great museum. Conveniently located

by rkilmon on Oct 08, 2017
Amazing place; gorgeous boats; a wonderful impromptu tour from the curator.

by rib4marinas on Aug 30, 2017
Launch service much appreciated.

by andersenjp on Aug 30, 2017
My only regret is not staying longer. Our stay was only a brief overnighter, and I wanted to enjoy the museum as well.

by gwlk99 on Aug 21, 2017
Good dockage and great tour of the museum. Electrical needs some updating.

by billfish on Aug 18, 2017
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.

by mfredberg on Aug 07, 2017
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

by ae28no450 on Jul 17, 2017
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.

by kimlyons on Jul 10, 2017
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.

by diehlb on Jul 07, 2017
Very friendly staff. Thank you again!

About Herreshoff Marine Museum

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 America’s 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.


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