Newport Sailing Museums

Newport, a historic seaport and home to the America's Cup race, is a great destination for sailors and maritime history buffs. A walk along the waterfront, with its piers full of luxury yachts and tallships, is a must for any visitor who loves sailing. Our three Newport boutique hotels, The Attwater, Gilded, and The Cliffside Inn are located downtown and close to several Newport sailing museums. To really get an understanding of the sailing scene in Newport, visit these three Newport sailings museums to learn about the history of the seaport, yacht racing in Newport, and naval history.

Newport Sailing Museums 


Newport Historical Society | 82 Touro St, Newport | (401) 846-0813

Visit the Historical Society's museum at the Brick Market on Newport's Washington Square for an overview of Newport history. From the city's role in the American Revolution to the booming sea trade that made Newport a thriving port, the museum offers a great experience for the whole family with its interactive exhibits. Take a guided tour around the city to learn about pirates, revolutionaries, and colonial life in Newport.

Naval War College Museum | 686 Cushing Rd, Newport | (401) 841-4052

This museum is on Coasters Harbor Island, an active naval base, and chronicles the history of the U.S. Navy. Exhibits focus on the history of naval warfare and the naval history of Narragansett Bay, with a guest lecture series on the first Thursday of every month. Advances passes are required to enter the base, so reserve yours ahead of your planned visit.

Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame | 1 Burnside St, Bristol | (401) 253-5000

Although it's a 30-minute drive from Newport, no visit to southern Rhode Island is complete for any yachtie without a visit to the Herreshoff museum Nathanael Herreshoff was one of the area's most influential boat builders, with his designs still influencing modern yachts today. The museum has over 60 of Herreshoff's boats in its collection and exhibits about the history of his designs, while the America's Cup Hall of Fame also located on the historic campus.