Marble House
Marble House
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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, but also a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's transformation from a quiet summer colony to a legendary resort of the Gilded Age. Mr. Vanderbilt was the grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who established the family's fortune in steamships and the New York Central Railroad. His wife, Alva, was a leading hostess in Newport society during the Gilded Age, and envisioned Marble House as her "temple to the arts" in America. The house was designed by Richard Morris Hunt, one of the premier architects of the Gilded Age, who found inspiration in the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The cost was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Several scenes from HBO's hit series "The Gilded Age" were filmed in Marble House.
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  • paulabc2
    Chicopee, Massachusetts789 contributions
    Very amazing
    What an amazing mansion to visit. The opulence, the architecture, and workmanship it beyond. Loved it. The only thing that was a little off was when we got inside the door the staff, 2 women at the front door, one of them came immediately over to us to tell us to be quiet as we had the guided tour going on our phone which we could barely hear., and told us to stay with our group…..there was 3 of us….OMG , 3 adult women ….hello?! We didn’t come to ransack the place! Anyway we didn’t let it ruin our tour and the rest of our time was pleasant.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 10, 2023
  • TravellingAgainJen
    Glastonbury, Connecticut9 contributions
    Experience Newport through the eyes of the Gilded Age at Marble House
    Relive the Gilded Age in one of the most stunning homes Newport has to offer! Situated right on the ocean in Newport, Marble House is open and airy, full of light and wonder. Learn the history of one of the most industrious and powerful families in America and how this family gave birth to women who took the reigns during the suffragist movement; a family that wouldn't allow their own daughter to decorate her bedroom the way she wanted. There is a wonderful museum and gift shop on the bottom floor that can't be missed. Fans are placed throughout the house to keep visitors comfortable and the museum staff knows more about American history than most civics teachers. Ask them anything! They probably have the answer. The grounds are beautiful and you can enjoy a cup of tea and a pastry in the Chinese Tea House by the ocean. Stunning. A visit that can't be missed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Helen I
    Hartlepool, United Kingdom15 contributions
    Fantastic Place to Visit
    While this is smaller than The Elms and The Breakers, lots of people we met in Neport recommended a visit and we were not disappointed. My friend and I pre-booked tickets for 3 mansions on the Preservation Society website and went here on our third day. The detail in the tour was amazing and the stories about the family and staff were fantastic. I bought a book about Alva and her daughter to learn more. Don't miss out this mansion just because it is smaller, it is well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Stephanie S
    Roseland, New Jersey778 contributions
    Very cool!
    Everything is self-guided so you can go at your pace. If you download an app and bring headphones you can listen to the tour but we did not realize so we didn’t bring headphones. They also have printouts of information in all languages so you can read about each room in the house. The architecture is stunning. The history is really incredible. It’s a gorgeous property with stunning views and awesome to see the tea house out back! Lots to learn about and you can take as long as you need.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Jennifer S
    Delaware, Ohio16 contributions
    Must see
    Don't miss the Marble House if you visit Newport. Walls, floors, ceilings all covered in various colors of marble. It is exquisite. The house tour is interesting. The surprising bit of information is that the house has only one guest room...evidently the Vanderbilt's felt like anyone who came there was from one of the other mansions and didn't need a place to sleep after a party.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Smithie83
    88 contributions
    The Best of the Mansions
    It's an exceptional house. Great style and great taste esp. after seeing The Breakers. More intimate and more like a real home. The design, gardens and ocean view are exceptional. It was our favorite mansion.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • pageporter
    Long Island, New York377 contributions
    Spectacular Vanderbilt Newport Mansion!
    A spectacular Newport Vanderbilt Mansion to visit. This was the summer home of William K. Vanderbilt, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt. William’s wife Alva spent eleven million dollars in 1892 to build this home!! Can’t imagine what it would cost today to build this mansion! We visited mid-week in August. We got there early and it wasn’t crowded at all! Parking was free but you can take the trolley from town with a drop off right in front of Marble House. The grounds are beautiful and there’s a really cool Chinese tea house that serves coffee and tea and some unimpressive lite bites that I would skip. Plan on spending 1.5 - 2 hours to really enjoy this historic estate. Don’t forget to download the self guided audio tour and bring your earphones so you do not disturb the people around you. This is a must do when you visit Newport!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 30, 2023
  • RandyRoss
    Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
    Most Beautiful of the Newport Mansions available to tour
    Marble House is not the largest of the Guilded Age Mansions in Newport but we found it to be the most beautiful inside. The decor was certainly over the top bit it went with the house. Tours are available through the Preservation Society of Newport County. One of the nice things about this place is the beautiful furniture. Virtually all of the original furniture was donated to the Preservation Society by the Prince family (the final private owners). The Chinese tea house is also worth a visit. It is located at the rear of the property (beside the ocean) and serves tea and snacks. We were a bit disappointed that the snacks were just prepackages sandwiches, muffins, etc. However, we read that they serve better things at other times.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 16, 2023
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chazz453
Brooklyn, NY22 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
My family and I really enjoyed exploring the Marble House. During the tour, we found many historic facts very interesting. It seemed cool how their electric wiring was pretty advanced for their time but that just shows how rich they were. The many rooms, portraits, and even furniture just showed how rich they were. I kinda want to go back there now. Also in the back of the house there is an authentic chinese Pavilion just off the cliff walk.☆o☆
Written February 29, 2020
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Adriana P
Pembroke Pines, FL888 contributions
Apr 2021
We visited Marble House because it's one of the few Newport mansions that are open in Covid times.
The house is incredibly majestic, able to transport visitors to the times when the Vanderbilt family inhabited the house, with all its luxuries and incredible art.
Some of the rooms are closed due to Covid since the natural flow doesn't allow for social distancing but you still get to appreciate the beauty of Marble House despite the limitations.
The Chinese Tea House in the backyard overlooks the cliff and it provides such a feeling of serenity when visiting. It's a beautiful backdrop to an already beautiful mansion.
Parking is easy and free, right across the street from the mansion.
Definitely recommended.
Written April 9, 2021
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Thedearrepose
Boston106 contributions
Jun 2021
Beautiful Newport cottage and highly recommended. First floor is ADA accessible though wheelchairs need to traverse a long and uneven cobblestone entrance. Kitchens and basement are highlights of the house, and information about family adjacent to gift shop is worth reading and provides exceptional context to the house. Docents were helpful during our tour.
Written July 4, 2021
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Susie1028
San Diego, CA2,006 contributions
Dec 2019
The Marble House is gorgeous. Admission includes access to the property and an audio tour, which weaves in Vanderbilt history well. In addition to the interior, there is a cool Japanese Tea Garden outside. I visited in December, and the Marble House was decked out for Christmas. Out of the the three Newport mansions that decorate for Christmas (the Breakers, the Elms, and the Marble House), this was my favorite one.
Written January 8, 2020
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Corneliu A
Montreal, Canada358 contributions
Jul 2022
Back in 1892 the Marble House had around $11 million price tag. The marble marvel was built in the Beaux Arts style, but the interior and exterior were influenced by French and Greek art and architecture. The opulent "cottage" was William Vanderbilt's gift to his wife Alva on her 39th birthday, no less. In our opinion Marble House is one of the top 3 Newport Rhode Island mansions to see, after The Breakers and The Elms. Thanks to the audio-guided tour, we walked around at our own pace, while learning a lot about the beautiful mansion.
Treat yourself to a visit to a fabulous work of art.
Written December 4, 2022
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OsawatomieMegie
Pennsylvania87 contributions
Jan 2023
What an experience to see these very old and unique Mansions that once housed some of the wealthiest Americans during their time. It was about an hour guided tour that allowed you to see the different architectures and beautiful artwork of the times. Be aware of the hours of operation as google says they are open however during winter months, they are only opened on Saturdays and Sundays. Call before if you want to do a self-guided tour vs guide tour. Overall, great way to experience old time Newport Rhode Island.
Written January 15, 2023
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suhaas
Philadelphia, PA63 contributions
Aug 2021
An amazing mansion, with obviously, marble everywhere, only interrupted by great stained glass windows, gilded and intricately carved ceilings and doors. It rivals The Breakers, in its beauty and opulence. Download the audio tour onto your phone, from the newportmansions.org website, before you go.
Walk through the grounds in the back, to visit the Chinese Teahouse. It would be great, if this is used as a real Teahouse, where public could go and enjoy some tea, after a day of visiting the mansions and walking the Cliff Walk.
Written September 7, 2021
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TravellingAgainJen
Glastonbury, CT9 contributions
Jul 2023 • Business
Relive the Gilded Age in one of the most stunning homes Newport has to offer! Situated right on the ocean in Newport, Marble House is open and airy, full of light and wonder. Learn the history of one of the most industrious and powerful families in America and how this family gave birth to women who took the reigns during the suffragist movement; a family that wouldn't allow their own daughter to decorate her bedroom the way she wanted. There is a wonderful museum and gift shop on the bottom floor that can't be missed. Fans are placed throughout the house to keep visitors comfortable and the museum staff knows more about American history than most civics teachers. Ask them anything! They probably have the answer. The grounds are beautiful and you can enjoy a cup of tea and a pastry in the Chinese Tea House by the ocean. Stunning. A visit that can't be missed.
Written July 18, 2023
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mattyc1987
Fairfield, CT69 contributions
Apr 2021
The mansion of course is beautiful but many smaller rooms are currently closed off. This may be due to COVID but not sure. Overall you can get through this mansion in about 35-45 minutes if you wanted to. The gift shop is nice.
Written April 19, 2021
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Colleen C
Troy, NY2,182 contributions
Aug 2022
Ohhh to be 39 years old and to receive this "Cottage" as a birthday present. Well that is exactly how this house came to be in the Vanderbilt's.

This Mansion was a self guided tour ~ you can down load the app and listen to a audio tour OR right next to the dining room (1st room) there was a stack of pamphlets in multiple different languages that are word for word what the audio says.

The house will bring you through Dining Room, Library, Gothic Room Ballroom (1st Floor) to the 2 girls room extravagate, a dressing room (converted) Mr. Vanderbilt's room and the 2 bedrooms in the back for the boys _very small (2nd floor) Lastly, the tour will lead you down MANY STEPS down to the basement and you will see the kitchen before you will be lead to the gift shop. Upon leaving you can walk the grounds to the Tea House in the backward.
Written August 22, 2022
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