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The Breakers

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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
Phone Number: +1 401-847-1000
09:00 - 18:00
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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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Newport Mansions at Christmas: The Breakers and Marble House
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Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour
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Private Day Trip From Boston to the Newport Mansions

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The Breakers has to be seen.

Everyone should see the Newport Mansions and if you can only see one go to The Breakers. It cost about as much as the average high school does now and it seems they got their... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everyone should see the Newport Mansions and if you can only see one go to The Breakers. It cost about as much as the average high school does now and it seems they got their money's worth. Opulent to the nth degree and it was lived in only 10 to 12 weeks each summer and only for roughly 50 years,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding ! Beautifully decorated for the holidays. Only downside, one member of our party had trouble with stairs and elevator was out of service.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Breakers is a National Historic Landmark. It was the 70 room summer estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt and family. It includes a two and a half story high Great Hall and a Morning Room adorated with platinum leaf panels. Rare marble, alabaster and gilded woods are found throughout The Breakers. The self-guided tours allows you to pass through various rooms... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Want to see how the rich live used to live during their holidays? Then visit their 'beach house'. 'The Breakers' is filled with exquisite furnishings for the period. So much to look at in every room. Interesting to see the difference between where the family lived with opulent furnishings, and the servants areas which were very sparingly furnished.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed listening to the stories and seeing the beautiful furnishings. The views are spectacular, You are able to go at your own pace so you can go as fast or as slow as you want.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 4 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 4 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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