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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
Phone Number: +1 401-847-1000
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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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We visited in December so we could see the mansion decorated for Christmas. For under $30, one gets to visit 3 mansions. Just like us, one can comfortably do the Big 3, Breakers... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited in December so we could see the mansion decorated for Christmas. For under $30, one gets to visit 3 mansions. Just like us, one can comfortably do the Big 3, Breakers, Marble House and The Elms in one day. Or one can see the mansions over multiple days. The ticket, bought online and printed at home is good... More 

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very cool to visit! interesting to learn the history of old American money. the self guided audio tour was awesome! beautiful!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Seems like many places now have self-guided tours. I miss having a docent who could answer questions. The place was silent since everyone was listening to the taped self-guided tour.

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Augusta, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Part of a package tour to see Christmas decorations and the mansion. Simply beautiful with amazing history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to this mansion. It was not cheap ($27/ person) but it included a great audio tour. The mansion was so impressive and the Christmas decorations made it even more special. We wished we would have had the time to visit the other mansions such as The Marbles. We tried to get the Christmas evening tickets... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful to see the mansions at Christmas time! Crowds were not too bad. Audio tour was great! Parking was easy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Breakers was my favorite out of the three I went to. The history and not being rushed through the tour was a pleasure. Given headsets to hear about each room you went into was like being a part of the history of the Breakers. Especially being decorated for the holidays was an extra treat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The guided tour was awesome. So glad we did it. The information that you receive about the Breakers was so interesting. The grounds were spectacular even on a cold day. It was crowded but didn't dampen the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was in town for 1.5 days (Dec. 5-6) and did not have a lot of time for sightseeing and came across the Newport Mansions. My original plan was to visit the three houses decorated for Christmas: The Breakers, The Elms, and The Marble House. Unfortunately, I only had time to see one house and decided to see The Breakers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I came to visit while decorated for the holidays. It was beautiful. The self guided tour had a ton of information. Not a good place for small children though- we left our 1 year old at home- no strollers allowed

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