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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018471000
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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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A "Summer Cottage" you won't believe!

"The Breakers" is probably Newport's most well known mansion, and most tourists head here first. Built in the late 1800's, it was the summer home to the Vanderbilt family who had... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

"The Breakers" is probably Newport's most well known mansion, and most tourists head here first. Built in the late 1800's, it was the summer home to the Vanderbilt family who had more money than they knew what to do with. It's a massive structure that offers a commanding view of the ocean over its great lawn. Inside is an ornate... More 

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Kerrville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

we picked one of the coldest days since 1994 to come is it this beautiful city we decided to take one of the indoor tours. I'm so so happy we did absolutely magnificent mansion. Literally every square inch seems to have some form a beautiful artistry and workmanship. Although you can get through the short tour in a little bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We toured this home and was amazed at the opulence and splendor. This was the best of the ones we toured. The tour comes with headphones so you can go at your own pace and you can hear lots more detail about the house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Your jaw will drop with every turn. We bought a 3 house ticket and came here first (Marble House and The Elms were the only other houses open), but it was so impressive that we compared the other cottages to the Breakers. Next time I would save the best for last.

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staten island NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stopped in Newport for 1 day on a cruise. If you only have time for one Mansion… make it this one! Doesn't get any better!!

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So far, this has been one of the best mansions to tour with a young child. My daughter is seven and she loves that she has her own tour. It is not my favorite mansion, but I love how excited she gets with all of the tidbits of information. With the audio tour, I love that one can customize how... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Breakers is one of the largest of the mansions that are upon to the public. Located off Bellevue Avenue it is overlooking the water it can also be seen from the Cliff Walk. A must see while in Newport.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The location of this property is breathtakingly beautiful. But the building it's self is amazing. It als has a family tour that is not only perfect for the 6-15 yr olds but also for adults. I understand it can be very busy in the summer but I was there when it was becirated for the holidays. Beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The great house is just amazing. A glamorous glimpse into the peak of the gilded age. We visited the house during Christmas, and it was decorated through out, and there is even a ginger bread house exhibition. Each room is unique and full of history, the architecture is just gorgeous, the big and glittering golden halls, the elegant platinum wall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's hard to believe that someone actually lived in this "house". Tour is via audio-units available in many languages. I liked the tours better 10+ years ago when the were docent led, but the self-guided audio tours allow you to go at your own pace, which has its advantages. Be sure to take time to walk around the grounds. Pictures... More 

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