Rhode Island's New Sailing Museum

Its operators say visitors “will experience the magic that happens when wind and water meet.”

The Sailing Museum opens May 10 on the waterfront in downtown Newport, Rhode Island. The $10 million facility occupies the historic 11,000-square-foot Armory Building, which was built in 1894 for the state’s militia and later served as the press office for the America’s Cup. 

The museum’s main hall includes multimedia exhibits that focus on six themes: “Legends of Sailing” (the National Sailing Hall of Fame and America’s Cup Hall of Fame), “Wind and Water,” “The Making of a Sailor: Mental,” “The Making of a Sailor: Physical,” “Teamwork,” and “Competition.” Customized journeys through the facility allow seasoned sailors to test their skills and knowledge and help new sailors get started with the sport.