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Marble House

596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #6 of 66 attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: This Newport mansion is famous for its ample use of marble in the interior.
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Fort Myers, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was the third of the Newport mansions my daughter and I visited. It was beautiful. The detail was unbelievable. To have lived during that time in that social status would have been a very different life. The audio tour was very good. Highly recommended.

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This mansion definitely has one of the more unique personalities that truly reflects the lives of the past owners. The marble that is found pretty much everywhere is amazing to see. The audio tour also (relatively new at this spot I think?) adds a great touch to the location. The more subdued tones of some portions of this mansion are... More

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

While on our vacation to the New England coast, we decided to stay in Rhode Island and visit Newport. The drive into Newport made me think of days gone by when early cars and yachts were the mode of transportation for the affluent Vanderbilt’s. We found a nice parking spot in the Salve Regina College grounds under a shady tree.... More

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Pekin, Illinois
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79 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

One of the most gilded of the "cottages" in Newport from the Gilded Age. The self-tour with headphones was informative. The architecture and furnishings are stunning. Arrive early but not first thing to avoid some of the bus crowds. Good gift shop. Interesting tea house near the ocean part of the property.

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Key Largo, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

House has some amazing marble but most of the rooms are dark & doesn't make the best use of the wonderful location on the ocean it has. What a learned of the "lady of the house" I did not like her much....listen closely to what she put her daughter through.

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Fleming Island, Florida
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Marble House was a gift to Alva Vanderbilt from her husband, William Vanderbilt on her 39th birthday. The mansion was completed in 1892, and contains over a half million cubic feet of marble. The mansion, like some others, was modeled after part of Versailles by Richard Morris Hunt, who designed other gilded age mansions. Alva, divorced Vanderbilt in 1895, and... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Had the coolest story behind it, especially the lady of the house, Alva. Like the self-guided audio tour set up.

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New York State
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Marble House is, of course, an amazing mansion of the Gilded Age. However, other reviewers have mentioned, and it's true, that the story here is that of Alva Vanderbilt and her daughter Consuelo. Alva was clearly ahead of her time and a force to be reckoned with.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Beautiful home built with plenty of marble. It's not as big as The Breakers, so the audio tour isn't as long either. Nonetheless, a great tour to take. Like the other mansions, you can't take photographs inside. Parking is right across the street.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My wife and I are not into visiting a lot of mansions but when in Newport RI it seems necessary to visit at least one; we chose the Marble House. The audio tour added greatly to the experience and the history of the original owners was educational and enjoyable.

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