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Field Trips

The Sailing Museum welcomes students of all ages to learn and explore!

A few things to know:

-Please plan your visit for 60-90 minutes

-Elementary and middle school aged students are free of charge.

-Youth group pricing for high school-aged students is $8

While we will observe seasonal hours November through April, exceptions will be made for student groups.

Please contact the museum to plan your visit!

In-School Education

Stay tuned for more exciting information about

in-school programming!


Coming Soon!

Tom Morris Library Collection

The Tom Morris Library Collection is part of the history and DNA of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. The collection honors the late Tom Morris and his lifetime as sailor, boat builder, and innovator. Born in Philadelphia, he extended a family tradition started in 1886 of summer vacations in Maine with his family, and at the age of 32 succumbed to his passion for sailing to start building sailboats. The natural beauty of Mt. Desert Island, its down-east traditions, and a rich history of boat building were the perfect complement to his passion for sailing. Tom launched Morris Yachts in 1972 in his backyard where he built his first boat, a Friendship Sloop for friends James and Marsha Wilmerding of Northeast Harbor. He collaborated with designer Chuck Paine of Tenants Harbor in 1973, and together they forged a vision of beauty that led to Morris Yachts to be recognized as one of the most prestigious yacht builders in the country. One of the company’s slogans, “Each One an Owner’s Original” was backed up by Tom’s close involvement in the building process. Tom graduated from Babson Institute. He served in the National Guard with distinction and was a life member of the First City Troop of Philadelphia, George Washington’s founding troop. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati and the Cruising Club of America. Naming the National Sailing Hall Library in Tom’s honor is an appropriate way to commemorate his values and his contributions to sailing.

While select volumes may be found in The Mosbacher Room, the preponderance of The Tom Morris Library Collection now makes its home with our partner and neighbor, IYRS School of Technology & Trades. The Edward W. Kane and James Gubelmann IYRS Maritime Library is the largest maritime library in the State of Rhode Island. Members of The Sailing Museum benefit from the special privilege of borrowing books from the library.

“Sailing has a home that trumpets its achievements and inspires generations to excel on the water, and to serve the sport. The memorable moments in our sport are countless, and unless there is a common place to preserve these memories, we’re in danger of losing the relevance of sailing’s past and future. “

– Gary Jobson

Hall of Famer & Board Member

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Sailing has a long history, and a tradition that prepares and propels us to go forward. Each of us has learned valuable life lessons on the water, made relationships that last a lifetime and experienced the challenges, and joy, that come from sailing. This is a legacy we have the ability, and privilege, to pass on to others. The Sailing Museum will bring incredible people and inspiring stories from across the country into ONE place that is accessible to all.

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The Sailing Museum

365 Thames Street

Newport, RI 02840