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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 26 May 2017

The whole place has a few mansions spread across, but i believe this one is the biggest. We only went to this one as it had a nice cliff walk that one could do after the tour and see the vast ocean up close. I...More

Thank Yaminij23
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We enjoyed our visit to this beautiful mansion set on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Both the grounds and house are lovely. The self-guided tour that was provided on a personal recorder was very interesting and allowed you to go at your own pace. It...More

Thank Laura C
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Having been a museum professional, I'm picky about museum experiences -- but this was really well done. The house, of course, is an incredible time capsule of the gilded age... and the tour does a remarkable job of offering "enough" info about everything and then...More

Thank LisaJCapeCod
Reviewed 23 May 2017

we took the 3 hr tour wich included a 1..5 guided tour of the Breakers Mansion( with electronic headsets, I would have preferred to stay longer and get to hear the audio set on many other items in the mansion) . The driving tour was...More

Thank Leonabp
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

The tours are self guided and plan on at least one hour or more; more if you have time. So beautiful!

Thank okobojigrandma
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

The Breakers completes our Vanderbilt house tour circuit with Marble house and the Biltmore being the other homes owned by the three sons. I think this was my favorite. One can imagine the opulent parties and meals that we enjoyed in their summer home. If...More

Thank Pankey
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Worth the visit, you'll amaze at the splendor and enjoy the history. Self guided tour really gives you the most bang for your buck as you can make the tour as long or as short as you like. The history is really something all while...More

Thank Maureen H
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

The Breakers is an amazing Summer Home .. I still cannot believe or imagine people using this mansion merely two months per year as a summer "cottage" if you are into architecture and history this is a great place to visit.

Thank cherylanz
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Very beautiful mansions fun and nice memories to share with family. This was my fave mansion and can't wait to come back to visit more mansions because we bought the 5 mansion package and were able to see only 2. It takes at least 1...More

Thank Vivian Paola L
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Grand opulence of bygone era. The audio tour was fascinating and something you can do at your own pace. One can imagine the ladies of that era gliding down the grand staircase in their cascading gowns. Each room is unique with a story to go...More

Thank mariannek18360
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Sue W
20 October 2017|
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Response from Jane H | Reviewed this property |
No except guide dogs
29 September 2017|
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Response from aswezey | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response but we bought ticket for the carriage ride tour at 42 per person.
24 September 2017|
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Response from Frank F | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure. I’d probably contact the Preservation Society for details