The Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame complete master plan and exhibit concepts for their museum, located in the Historic District of Bristol, Rhode Island, is dedicated to the deep history and innovation of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Between the late 19th century and the mid-20th century, Herreshoff designed and built steam-powered vessels and sailing yachts, including eight defenders of the America’s Cup. The museum has a collection of over sixty boats, as well as artifacts from Nathanael Greene Herreshoff’s workshop containing hundreds of half hull models, tools, manuscripts and drawings.
The plan develops a renewed museum to house these collections and storytelling displays, along with a store, café and a connection to the outdoor campus where some of the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company buildings remain. A one-sixth scale model of the 1903 America’s Cup winner, Reliance, will mark the cornerstone of the new exhibits. This fully rigged model, currently under construction, will be 33’ long and more than 37’ high.