Sailing Starts Here

Immerse yourself at sailing's home port in the heart of Newport, RI

Open daily 10am-5pm

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Water is essential for all life, but among sailors it’s also essential for living. The Sailing Museum is America’s home port, celebrating the mythic bond of those who go down to the sea for inner revival, athletic competition, or simple soul-nourishing pleasure.

Six themed experiences in seven iconic sailing classes allow veteran seafarers to revisit the steppingstones of their sport; encourage initiates with growing skills to explore new classes of watercraft; and, sweetest of all, give individuals yet to hoist a sail a taste of the exhilaration they will feel when they connect with wind and water. Every exhibit provides hands-on physical and mental entertainment, designed to hone leadership, develop teamwork, and teach the art of decision-making that breeds success.

The Museum is also the address of legends, a place to learn the inspiring stories of men and women elected to the National Sailing Hall of Fame whose championships and adventures shaped the sport. It also pays tribute to members of The America’s Cup Hall of Fame, those rare sailors with levels of expertise so outstanding that they distinguished themselves at the pinnacle of sailing.

Every important sport has its sacred ground, Cooperstown for baseball, Canton for football and Newport for sailing. While each honors the sport’s outstanding participants, one goes further. The Sailing Museum features displays that summarize the evolution of the sport, engage the sailing community at every level, catalyze participant proficiency, and illuminate the boundless gratification of a life under sail.

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The Visitor Experience at The Sailing Museum & Hall of Fame


Select from one of seven boats to tailor your museum adventure, delivering an experience that is yours alone. Collect virtual rewards as you complete activities, design a boat or create your own burgee and take it home with you.


Win the start, round the mark and leave the fleet in your wake. High-tech exhibits with built-in ‘stealth learning’ share the ins-and-outs of the sport like never before, challenging you to build your skills and teamwork. Experience what it’s like to fly over the water with SailGP in the immersive film dome or test your strength against the pros on the grinders.


The oldest competition in sport, predating the modern Olympics, the America’s Cup has fueled design, innovation, and pure athleticism since 1851. Get to know the legends who shaped the sport, test your knowledge and revel in one of sailing’s many great moments.

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The Sailing Museum & Hall of Fame

365 Thames Street

Newport, RI 02840