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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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 fantastic lesson in the gilded age. The headset guided tour takes about 45 minutes but can be extended if you want further information about any particular room. I had been... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A fantastic lesson in the gilded age. The headset guided tour takes about 45 minutes but can be extended if you want further information about any particular room. I had been before but even my kids loved it (13 and 10). Even during the busy season it didn't take long to get in (only 10 minutes). Really a must see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wow! What an incredible mansion. The amount of money the Vanderbuilt's had is clearly displayed here. My daughter did the family tour which was gear to kids 10 and under, and she really enjoyed it. I was a bit disappointed that we didn't see the servant quarters or the gardens

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spend several hours roaming through this magnificent facility. The audio tour was very helpful. One caution - if you have problems navigating narrow staircases, you might have a problem. They did offer handicapped pathways which I did not see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

People,specifically the Vanderbilts, lived like this and some people still do (not me obviously). There was platinum wallpaper. Why? Because you can. Leather walls for the library? Why the hell not. Loved the self-guided tour and it really is an amazing look into what once was in Newport. Just go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our mouths didn't close from one room to the next. So Fancy and over the top. We liked "The Loggia" area the best. All marble outside room overlooking the back lawn and Atlantic Ocean (the outdoor living room). I loved the bath tub with 4 water knobs: 2 regular hot and cold and 2 salt water hot and Cold, piped... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First thing to see while at Newport, RI. Absolutely stunning. Give you a feel of how American Royalty use to live back in their hey days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

How can you visit Newport and not plan a trip to the Breakers. This summer cottage of the Vanderbilt family is absolutely magnificent. Yes, it's a little pricey, but when are you ever going to visit a "museum" of this quality?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you can only visit one mansion, make this it. Everyone should experience the splendor of a bygone era that is beyond words. The beauty and workmanship will never be duplicated. An experience you will never forget....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very exciting history in this house, amazing craftsmanship you don't see anymore at least in the US.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the best mansion tour of all ! The home is magnificent. The audio tour was very informative and options for additional audio were an added bonus. The use of headphones enhances the experience. It's wonderful this mansion along with many others are being maintained by the Newport Preservation Society. The grounds are enjoyable and views of ocean are... More 

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