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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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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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Epitome of Opulence

The champion of Newport mansions. The Breakers is a must see. A self guided tour takes you through the mansion. If you listen to all the extra information available, the tour is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

The champion of Newport mansions. The Breakers is a must see. A self guided tour takes you through the mansion. If you listen to all the extra information available, the tour is about 2 hours. If you are a horse lover, a trip to the stables (about 3 blocks away) is worth the time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Self guided audio tour was good, Views are great ! Must visit place for history lovers . Gift shop had cute interesting collections.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Self paced audio tour was easy to follow and very informative. View from the upstairs veranda is beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We didn't realize that parking is available at all mansions so we took the trolley. Be sure to get there early to beat the crowds and the heat. We've been to the Biltmore in NC - by comparison this place is small and truly meant for a summer stay but so worth seeing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

wow! People really lived like that? Totally amazing and the self guided tour really got you into the picture. If you can only do one mansion - make sure it is this one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Outstanding ! We had a great time. Don't miss this while in Newport ! Great for all ages. Our teenagers found it very interesting too. So glad we went.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

The Breakers tends to be one of the most famous of the Newport Mansions to visit. It is a must see and the tour takes about 40 minutes if you do just the basics of the audio tour. The audio tour moves along at a nice pace and allows you to listen to optional material if you have more time... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

All of the mansions are interesting to see, but the Breakers is a must see when in Newport. I enjoyed hearing the story of the Vanderbilts as we toured each room with our head sets.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Everyone recommends this tour! If you can only do one tour do this one !! Staff was friendly and the mansion is breathtaking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Best of all the mansions, and the most impressive. If you only have time to see one, make it The Breakers!

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