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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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Mansion Tour

Everyone recommends this tour! If you can only do one tour do this one !! Staff was friendly and the mansion is breathtaking.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Everyone recommends this tour! If you can only do one tour do this one !! Staff was friendly and the mansion is breathtaking.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Best of all the mansions, and the most impressive. If you only have time to see one, make it The Breakers!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful experience. Frankly I had no idea that the mansions existed, but our friends told us it was a wonderful experience, so yesterday we drove down from Cape Cod for the day. We stopped at the visitors center first where we bought tickets to tour the Breakers plus one other mansion, our choice. The good thing about the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This was my first trip to Newport. My wife and I did not have a lot of time, but we decided to take a tour of one of the mansions.And we are so glad that we chose The Breakers. The self-guided narrated tour was interesting,but without too much information overload. Just a glimpse of a time in our history and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

The self guided headphone tours, let you go at your own pace. Be sure to select each numbered attraction within each room for the full experience. No air conditioning in the summer. Gardens were not impressive... The house however was very much so.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Got a ticket for this house +1 more. Beautiful to walk through and definitely worth the price. Absolutely amazing views!

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Southborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

We weren't sure it would be worth seeing the Breakers, but am I glad we visited. The mansion audio tour was very good, and the mansion is a first rate museum. plan at least 2 hours for your visit. After this visit, I want to see all the mansions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

The craftsmanship, artworks, grand scale and history of the home is fantastic. The self guided tour system works very well and you proceed at your own pace. To be able to build this in three years is something to think about and compare to some of todays construction slop and mismanagement. Some people criticize this wealth but we take the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

I had no idea just how beautiful and rich in history Newport is. If you have no time to do much, be sure to do this!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful and stunning! The Family Your was great!! My kids ages 6 and 10 were interested and engaged!! We were all in awe of the kids play house... It was a giant dollhouse, made for one of the daughters.

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