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Marble House

Address: 596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-1000
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$27*
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Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour
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Ranked #5 of 62 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This Newport mansion is famous for its ample use of marble in the interior.
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NY, NY
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Another one of the extraordinary manions in Newport. The massive size, the marble, the rooms, the ceilings, the gothic room were all so unreal!

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It's amazing what something like $15 million back in 1900 bought! Of all the Newport "cottages" this one is our favorite.

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Nipomo, California
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We visited Breakers Mansion first and then Marble House. Marble House has an interesting history and is lovely. It is not as ornate a décor as Breakers but definitely a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

It boggles the imagination to see how a creative, adventurous woman can influence the design and planning of this magnificent estate- what we today would see as pure extravagance. However, it provided the craftsmen of the day the opportunity to showcase their extraordinary skills and provided the local citizens (servants) the opporunity of employment in a place that afforded very... More

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State College, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The mansion is beautiful. Marble breath taking. Of all of the 5 mansions we saw, this is the one that we felt like we could most live in. Sounds funny, but if you go to see it, I think you will see what we are saying. It is a self guided tour. We went at a leisurely pace and spent... More

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Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A great job by the Historical Preservation Society for keeping this house from the wrecking ball! The stories that follow this house truly show you a different time in history-when women were still lobbying to vote, marriage was an arrangement, and divorce was a scandal. Alva Vanderbilt however, bucked the system, did it all and still kept her position in... More

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Los Angeles
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267 reviews 267 reviews
225 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I saw all of the houses this trip and Marble House is my second favorite. I had been before but this time we took extra time to listen to all of the extras, which I really enjoyed. I loved the stone and the furnishings. Take the time to STOP in the rooms and look around at the furnishings and the... More

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I adore historic houses. Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a summer house, or "cottage", as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest houses of the early 19th century. But Marble House was much more; it was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's... More

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Slightly smaller than Breakers and owned by the same family, Marble house is made exactly as expected - top to toe of marble! There's a self guided audio tour full of information and family memories, particularly about the Duchess of Marlborough, taking about 40 minutes. Plus tour the grounds and see the truly hideous Chinese tea house! Amazing that this... More

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Chester County, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This mansion is the ultimate in gold gilding throughout its many exquisite rooms. Very interesting family story, especially Mrs. Vanderbilt who was an early women's suffrage movement leader!

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