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The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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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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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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Reviewed yesterday

Took the self guided tour. Very informative and the Breakers is amazing to see. Tour takes about 1 hour. Well worth the time.

Thank Caroline N
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Reviewed yesterday

The mansion was a summer home of the Vanderbilts and the audio tour provided some history about their time spent in the home. The audio tour was good but I think a guided tour would have been better. The house is impressive, albeit gaudy but...More

Thank ceebee02
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Reviewed yesterday

As others have said, the interior of the house is unbelievable and definitely a must-see. There are a range of tour options, and there are elevators and alternative paths to make the tour accessible. We originally only purchased tickets to this house because we weren't...More

Thank Karen K
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This mansion is beautiful and a must visit if in Newport. We did the Audio tour which was great to travel through the mansion at your own pace and take everything in. We loved learning all the history of it and of the family that...More

Thank m0mma0f2
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really quite a site to see. The tour was great for people to move through at their own pace as you were provided headphones and a recording that guided you through the home. I happened to listen to the family version (for kids) so I...More

Thank Darrin H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Went with the family when decorated for Christmas. This place was unbelievable. You can download the app to your phone for free and then walk through the house at your own pace. A narrator tells you everything you need to know. Discover more in each...More

Thank fossilrip
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went quite late in the afternoon but it was still pretty busy. We took the audio tour which I think is a must otherwise you do not get the full story of the house. The views are just beautiful. It is worth seeing a...More

Thank dee090
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the largest and arguably the most opulent mansion in Newport. recommend both the House tour and the relatively new basement tour called "beneath the breakers"

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Picked the perfect time of year to visit the breakers. The house was decked out in all its glory with what seemed like a Christmas tree in every room. That coupled with the gorgeous flower bouquets filled with roses and Lily’s was stunning. Really really...More

Thank Melinda A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a guided tour that was about 1 and half hours long. Learned so much about the family and building of The Breakers. I had been there years ago but did not have a guided tour. It made a big difference learning the story...More

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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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Sue W
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Response from Jane H | Reviewed this property |
No except guide dogs
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