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The Breakers

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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
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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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The Breakers is a Fave!

The Breakers is such an iconic mansion to visit when in Newport. Anyone who comes to visit me always wants to see this one. My last trip was with my cousin during Christmas. Even... read more

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Breakers is such an iconic mansion to visit when in Newport. Anyone who comes to visit me always wants to see this one. My last trip was with my cousin during Christmas. Even without the fantastic decorations for the holiday, this mansion is amazing with all its symbolism taught in the audio tour.

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Chalton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The mansion is breathtaking! Even stepping on the grounds in the dead of winter its a wonder to see! The tour took us through the first and second floor and was wonderfully told by our guide. She gave us a lot of information about the Vanderbilt family. We loved touring the home and grounds of this beautifully decorated home! Truly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Have visited Newport Mansions several times and The Breakers is one of my favorites! I was so amazed how much more beautiful it is decorated for the Christmas holiday.

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Wells, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I went with my two daughters and we had a guided tour. That gave us more info on the history of the family and the life they had. Very hard to imagine living with all the gilt but it is also amazing the skill that went into building these house!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited the Breakers many times but never during the holiday season. It was even more beautiful with all the Christmas decorations in place. The tour is self-guided with a headset and handheld device which allows you to take your time as you go through the mansion room by room. Unhurried and informative, this is a great way to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are historic Newport mansions, and then there's the Breakers. We only had time to visit one, so we had to choose carefully, and this was the one. It rivals many mini-palaces that I've visited on San Francisco's Gold Coast and even abroad in France and Germany. You like marble? The Breakers has got it, plus period furnishings, kitchenware and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a tour of The Breakers on a winter day. our guide was fairly knowledgeable (A few errors and miscues but not too bad.) The beautiful views from the upper floor made me wish it were warmer to be outside. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I didn't realize how big and grand these mansions would be. We spent a lot more time in each than we thought we would. I was not a fan of the audio tour and would have preferred a docent led tour or more docents stationed in the house to answer questions.

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A beautiful, grand example of the opulent 'summer cottages' from a bygone era! Fascinating contrast seeing the grand reception areas and dining areas where the Vanderbilt's would have entertained their guests to where the staff would have spent hours preparing extravagant feasts and where the maids would have gone from one area of the house to the bedrooms via secret... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is always amazing to see how the rich lived their lives. Summer homes for the New York elite of the 1890s, the home is a great display of innovative architecture and classic Italian design. Platinum on the walls... Check! The tour guide was very informative and upbeat, making the tour a unique ad fun experience. After the tour, feel... More 

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