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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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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a must see. My entire family was in awe of the lifestyle that was once lived here. My teenagers were completely enthralled by the audio tour.

Thank megmac311
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Enjoyable tour of a beautifully maintained mansion. The audio tour was great.... and I don’t usually like those types of things. The I formation provided was interesting and to the point. Beautiful views from the upper level!

1  Thank tdrf
Reviewed 1 week ago

The gem of all the Newport Mansions. The guided tour takes you back in time thru the life of the Vanderbuilts. The house is spectacular and the ground vast and gorgeous. You will enjoy this one for sure

Thank Cynthanny
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was interesting to see the amazing works of art and the details of the Breakers. We used audio headsets while we took the tour. It was a little difficult to manage these while taking care of children. (At some point, I found myself holding...More

Thank Kristin F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mansions at the holidays is just beautiful! Loved all the decorations and trees! Definitely something to see! Loved it. Bought the winter pass with a great discount before we went. Next time will plan better to do the evening at the mansions.

Thank kjp5
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you come to the Breakers, you step into a different world of opulence and luxury. It is hard to believe that this is just their summer house. This house has 70 rooms and 700 windows. The Great hall is magnificent. Yet for all its...More

Thank angeleyes27
Reviewed 1 week ago

We so enjoyed the history and outstanding tour of the mansions. Beautiful and interesting.do miss the real guide now has gone to audio guides for your own pace.

Thank bhfoodie2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All the rich people today build nice/ fancy houses but I don’t think anyone builds anymore mansions, it used to be someone with money lived in luxury and that’s what this house is all about

Thank ShimonNst
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Breakers is amazing! The DuPont mansions of Delaware have nothing on the Vanderbilts. You are given headphones for a selfguided tour where you learn about the architecture and the family. Fascinating. And yes, I felt like Lady Mary of DA roaming around on the...More

Thank BmoreGal7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the tours when the mansions were decorated for the holiday season. The holiday decor was very festive. > We experienced a live guided tour in another mansion (The Elms) and the self-guided audio tour in this mansion (The Breakers). Everyone much preferred the...More

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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
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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20 October 2017|
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Response from Jane H | Reviewed this property |
No except guide dogs