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The Breakers

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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
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+1 401-847-1000
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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 self guided audio tour at The Breakers mansion provides an informative and interesting view into the history of the gilded age and the Vanderbilt family and its transportation... read more

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Acton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The self guided audio tour at The Breakers mansion provides an informative and interesting view into the history of the gilded age and the Vanderbilt family and its transportation empire in the mid to late 19th century. The excessively ornate marble and masonry, furnishings, and structures are fascinating. If you are visiting Newport, you should not miss the mansion tours.... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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This is the MUST see mansion. If you only have time for one...this is the one. Amazing, mindboggling...if only I could win the lottery!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

All of the Newport mansions are beautiful, and this one was no exception. I would visit these mansions again without hesitation.

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Norwood, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Breakers is an impressive mansion that does not disappoint. It's a amazing mansion that has a lot of history. Would recommend to do this tour before any of the other mansions because it lays a foundation that is built upon at the other houses.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the Cliff Walk and covered the exterior of The Breakers. It's beautiful and opulent and ridiculously self-indulgent (a little gaudy) by the original owners but, hey, they are long gone and it's open to the public,. I was going to tour inside but it was getting late and my husband and daughter really weren't interested and it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

what a place. what history. this is an education for ALL ages. Must see. the grounds indoors and outdoors well kept. it is hard to imagine people stayed ere in the late 1800's. totally amazing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are visiting Newport and the mansions, you can't miss Breakers. One of the largest, it is right on the edge of the cliffwalk and is truly the epitomy of opulence. The self-guided tour gives you the opportunity to get more or less information as you go through and it is really worth seeing what the guilded age was... More 

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Stonington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Informative but a little boring. Not a lot to see. There was a lot of information about the history of electricity, plumbing, heating. Interesting, but would not recommend for kids under 10.

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Patchogue, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't want to ruin the experience by telling you too much. You MUST see this American treasure. Make sure you go on the "Beneath the Breakers Tour" as well!

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful experience and incrediable easy, knowledgeable trip because they hand out recorders and headsets at the door which guide you through the mansion.

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