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The Breakers

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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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09:00 - 18:00
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The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a...

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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One of THE homes to see in America!

A friend and I came to Newport to visit the Gilded Age mansions, and of course, The Breakers is the main one we wanted to see. We arrived right at 9am, when it opens, so it was... read more

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Dallas, Texas
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A friend and I came to Newport to visit the Gilded Age mansions, and of course, The Breakers is the main one we wanted to see. We arrived right at 9am, when it opens, so it was nice to avoid larger crowds. The good thing is you get to see the entire house. So, there is not really anything you... More 

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Temple, Texas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Breakers is an awesome tour. Really amazing the amount of wealth the Vanderbilt family had. Lived like royalty. Wish we could have toured all of them. We loved the city tour in the white bus as well. Very informative. The cliff walk in back of The Breakers is beautiful.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A little pricey, but something to see. I am a big fan of Doris Duke, so this was a must do. It is a guided tour and is the most visited.

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Elmhurst, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Love this place, I like the idea of having the audio tour and going at your own pace and being able to select different options to hear.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A fabulous mansion lavishly decorated and full of history. Definitely a must see. Try to go when the weather is good so you can enjoy the stroll by the ocean and the gardens. The admission price includes an audio tour so you can go at your own pace. Besides the main description there are side notes in different rooms. I... More 

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Medford, New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You don't really appreciate the scale of the Breakers until after you visit The Elms, Marble House, etc. Then...visit the Breakers. Park across the lot in their lot. If there is no space, loop around the block and park on the side street by Salve Regina University and the Breakers parking lot. As far as the house itself, our only... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a tour of the Newport area which included The Breakers mansion. We have toured the Biltmore and see this as a scaled down version. Definitely ahead of its time and beautiful inside and out. How about the four faucets for the tub? Hot and cold water AND hot and cold salt water! This mansion is a must see.... More 

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Bellport, New York
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Just a great journey into the gilded age depicted through the Vanderbilt mansion. A perfect audio guided tour through a breathtaking home that represented the severe difference between the rich and the non rich at that time in our history. A disgusting display of wealth that leaves one in awe, but angers an educated middle class family. Vanderbilts built this... More 

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Wilmette, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Must visit when you are in Newport, RI. It is the grandeur mansion in the town. Take a audio tour and take your time. A lot to see. You can learn a lot why Vanderbilt's fortune faded.

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful visit with audio tour that makes it very enjoyable. History of family is narrated in a very easy to folllow way making the visit very engaging. Although adult tickets seem in principle quite expensive (24$) it is worth it. Would for sure recommend in your visit to Newport.

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