Explore sailing through exciting hands-on activities and exhibits that are fun for the whole family!

A personalized journey through six thematic areas begins with the selection of a boat. For sailors, they can select from one of seven on the screen; while those experiencing sailing for the first time will be given the option of a short quiz that will help them select a boat. For all, this boat will become their avatar throughout their museum experience, guiding them through the interactive elements, several of which will be specific to their selected boat.

The exhibit hall of the museum is divided into six thematic areas:

  • Wind & Water
  • The Making of a Sailor: Mental
  • The Making of a Sailor: Physical
  • Teamwork
  • Competition
  • Legends of Sailing: National Sailing Hall of Fame & America’s Cup Hall of Fame



Visitors should plan on a minimum of 45 to 90 minutes for their journey through the museum. The museum experience is self-guided, but we do offer private tours. Contact us for more information.


General admission tickets are available for purchase online or in-person. Discounted admission tickets must be purchased in-person. The museum is open 10 am to 5 pm daily. The last admission is 4:15 pm, to ensure visitors have time to enjoy their museum experience.

Ticket Type



Senior (65+)/Military/College Student

Youth (11-18 years)

Child (10 and under)

Museums for All (purchase in-museum)

Ticket Price

Always Free!




Always Free!


Newport's Sporting Ticket

Experience Sailing, Cars and Tennis

Newport’s three sporting museums have a join-access ticket! Visitors and sports fans can visit The Sailing Museum, Audrain Automobile Museum and International Tennis Hall of Fame for the price of just two museum admissions, at $39 per adult.

Groups & Tours

For school trips, team building, and more!

The Sailing Museum and Hall of Fame is a great destination for school and youth groups. We also welcome family reunions, corporate retreats, club rendezvous and tour groups. Groups of 10 or more should contact us for a discounted price on their selected date and to organize the details of their visit. Upgrade your museum experience with a VIP guide or even a meet-and-greet with a Hall of Famer!

Contact us for more information and to make plans for your group!

© Katrina Zoe Norbom

Directions & Parking

365 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840

The Sailing Museum and Hall of Fame is located on Thames Street, one of Newport's busiest downtown streets. Centrally located, the museum is a 10-minute walk from most of the shops, restaurants and attractions in town.

Street parking is available throughout the city, but be sure to read the signs hours for Resident Parking or Metered Parking is in place. There are also multiple paid lots in and around Newport, including two just across the street from the museum.

Harbor Shuttle

Access Newport without the Hassle of Parking

For those looking to avoid the traffic, park at the Newport Transportation Center, walk across the street to Perrotti Park and take the Harbor Shuttle to Ann Street Pier. The Ann Street Pier is located right behind the museum. Make a day of it with a hop-on hop-off ticket that connects several destinations around the Newport Harbor.

Seastreak Ferry

From Providence to Newport– FAST!

Experience the majesty of Narragansett Bay on your way to the charming New England enclave of Newport, R.I. Offering quick trips from Providence, Boston and more, Seastreak will spare you the traffic-jammed frustration and replace it with a relaxing and enjoyable cruise to Newport.

Jamestown Newport Ferry

A quick trip across the bay to Newport from Jamestown

The Jamestown Newport Ferry operates from May 21 through October 10 and has five Hop-On Hop-Off stops that include Jamestown, Rose Island Lighthouse, Fort Adams, Ann Street Pier and Perrotti Park. Take a quick one way trip across the bay or get round-trip tickets and beat the crowds in downtown Newport. The Sailing Museum is off Thames Street and the Ann Street drop off is right behind the building.


An experience made for everyone

The museum is located across two floors. Elevator access is available and galleries are wheelchair accessible. Please ask any staff member for assistance.

Respectfully, strollers, bikes, scooters and skateboards are not permitted in the museum. Thank you for your understanding.

© US Sailing / Will Ricketson

Museum Rules & Policies

The museum experience is located across two floors. Elevator access is available and galleries are wheelchair accessible. Please ask any staff member for assistance.

  • Strollers, bikes, scooters and skateboards are not permitted in the museum.
  • Only service animals as defined under the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are allowed.
  • No smoking is permitted in the museum or on the grounds.
  • Please be courteous of others and refrain from making calls or using your cell phone on speaker in the museum.
  • We encourage you to try all the interactive exhibits, but please do not touch the artifacts, artwork or exhibit cases.

For the security of our visitors, staff and collection of artifacts, the following are not permitted in the museum:

  • Food, drink, e-cigarettes, backpacks/oversized bags, strollers and any other objects or possessions the staff deems potentially harmful to artifacts and other guests.
  • Tripods and live video are not permitted in the galleries.

COVID-19 Precautions

  • The Sailing Museum follows all local and CDC recommendations to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Based on regulatory guidance, we will continue making adjustments, which may change without notice.
  • In addition to cleaning and disinfecting routines, the museum is equipped with UVC air purification systems throughout the building.

Photography is welcome, and encouraged! Please turn off your flash, and remember to tag us in your posts.

We could not do this without support!

Thanks to these amazing Founding Members and Donors.


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We Can Build Together

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.

Quick Links

The Sailing Museum & Hall of Fame

365 Thames Street

Newport, RI 02840