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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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Milan, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

very nice Mansion rich and with a spectacular garden and view do not miss the chance to visit it with a cumulative ticket wich is cheaper than single entry.

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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

As noted in my review of the Breakers, the more you know of the family and the times the more you will get out of it. Give yourself more than the suggested time of 40 minutes to enjoy all of the extra info provided on the self guided tour.

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Deer Park, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Great place to tour on your own at your own pace. Amazing to hear what they spent for a summer place

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Hollywood, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful mansion. Amazing that it was considered a cottage! No wait admission and self-guided audio tour. Stunningly beautiful and a must see prior to touring the Breakers. Staff were kind, informative and helpful. The garden was magnificent. We toured three mansions and wish we had time to see all that are open for tours. This is 1... More

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New Jersey
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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The self-guided audio tour was very informative. The mansion itself was not my taste and I enjoyed the decor less than both the Breakers and Rosecliffe, just so much marble. With that being said, the Gothic Room was completely unique and interesting. The history of the Vanderbilt family, and Alva specifically made the visit well worth it. Make sure you... More

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Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was my favorite of the cottages as I'd read up on the history of Alva Vanderbilt. Was so impressed bought almost every other book in the darling little museum shop!

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Baltimore
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We were able to tour 5 mansions in one day which was a stretch. We really enjoyed Marble house and the Breakers. We spent a lot of time at Marble house listening to all the details on the audio tour. Marble house should be on everyone's list of Newport Mansions to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was an audio tour that lasted approximately 1 hour. We listened to almost all of the extras on the tour which extended it from the usual 40 minutes. The narrators helped to explain how and why Alva Vanderbuilt chose the furnishings of the home. Her early childhood years spent in France obviously had a great impact on her style... More

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Niantic, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

All marble everywhere. Floors walls ceiling everywhere. Beautiful display of power and money and how the gilded age played out. We are all so lucky to have these "cottages" to marvel at. The Marble House is truly a family home and shows that money was no object when it came to being wealthy . The preservation society should be very... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

While not as grand as the Breakers (but c'mon, what is?), just a few houses down you can visit the Marble House. Tied (not surprisingly) to the Vanderbilts, this is much "cozier". The different types of marble are pretty amazing, the furnishings are impressive (especially the Gothic Room, that houses a private art collection from a time before museums we're... More

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