The Sailing Hall of Fame-America’s Cup Hall of Fame joint venture to bring a new sailing museum to Newport is moving ahead full steam. Fittingly but unsurprisingly, they’ve announced the name “The Sailing Museum” for the institution to be housed in the historic Armory building. The Sailing Museum will feature over 11,000ft of interactive exhibits, historical displays and galleries honoring inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.
Plans for a truly interactive experience are underway, including a guided tour and skills tests for new and experienced sailors alike, in what the museum calls “stealth learning.” Educational exhibits will provide real-world applications of art, science, math and technology concepts that come alive through sailing, promoting problem solving and creative thinking. The main hall of the museum is divided into several thematic areas: Wind & Water, The Making of a Champion: Mental, The Making of a Champion: Physical, Teamwork, Competition, and Legends of Sailing–National Sailing Hall of Fame & America’s Cup Hall of Fame.
“Our new home will be a feast for the senses, harnessing technology to bring the excitement of sailing to life and honoring our sport’s heroes in exciting and innovative ways,” said Gus Carlson, president of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. “Our goal is to create a special place that engages everyone, from our sport’s faithful to casual sailors to newcomers who are curious about what happens when wind and water meet. We are confident The Sailing Museum will be a unique venue to showcase our sport and the accomplishments of its heroes.”
To learn more and take a virtual tour of the space, visit thesailingmuseum.org.