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The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.
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“gilded age” (429 reviews)
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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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Reviewed today via mobile

The opulence as you step to the gate is overwhelming. It is hard to imagine people lived this way. Didn’t realize this was a self guided tour which was a great surprise. The tour was filled with great information and the dosents were helpful.

Thank Rachel W
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Breakers is one of the largest mansions on the Cliff Walk. You can park near the 40 steps and walk about 1 mile or you can park closer though I wouldn’t recommend that as the Breaks and Cliff walk should be treated as a...More

Thank Roquita C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Opulent, over the top, beautiful. Be sure to do the Beneath the Breakers tour as well - fascinating view of the physical plant that ran (and still runs) this amazing stately building.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

To truly appreciate the grandeur, this mansion needs to be seen in person. Through the tour, it's fun to experience the over the top glitz and glam. I appreciate the children's audio tour. While my husband and I were looking at the architecture, our children...More

Thank Sdb4
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were here more than 15 years ago and recently went back with my mother. They offer self-guided tours in which you each get your own mobile device and headphones to use throughout the mansion and upon completion they collect. The app allows you to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had been here 20 years ago, but they didn’t have an audio tour then. So, I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived to see these were available. Mansion is amazing. Learned a ton. Kids (6&10) really enjoyed learning fun facts as well. Just enough...More

Thank Boston_Ma_Traveler_9
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Breakers is a great place for a day visit , though there are 12 mansions you can visit with one ticket, the breakers is the best of all . For locals and people around , i would recommend to purchase a yearly membership and...More

Thank Ashwin S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was interesting insight into what was clearly an ostentatious and wasteful age. This house was quite interesting and did its best to highlight the lives of not only the wasteful rich--there's a reason none of the Vanderbilts have money--but of those who labored for...More

Thank John D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Join the preservation society's membership so you can see all 5 (11 once high season kicks in) at your leisure. But don't do more than one in a day. We did 5 in 3 days, don't remember one from the other. No, no, no. See...More

Thank Keydawn
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful and great historical site. Didn't enjoy considering the vast injustice of the era. Still an interesting visit. We went on the underground tour which is also interesting and tour led instead of just the audio tour that they have on the house itself.

Thank TravelerLAA
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kmlctravels
8 April 2018|
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Response from Randall P | Reviewed this property |
One hour adequate as the tour is an audio tour. You will spend extra time after each audio presentation to look around the rooms. The grounds are nice as well.
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Rocklobster1991
29 December 2017|
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Response from Lisa Ann M | Reviewed this property |
you can purchase a Winter Passport only 3 homes are open for the tours during winter. you can do 3 homes in 2 days not rushed or in one day at a quick pace the Breakers, The Elm and one other home in close proximity. because... More
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jlboydjr
21 December 2017|
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Response from jetsetter90 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely buy online. There was a line when we went, it went fast but why not purchase online and walk straight in.
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