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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
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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We went on Sumer. The staff friendly. Newport is my favorite city. Lovely town. Next time I'll to check it out on winter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went on Sumer. The staff friendly. Newport is my favorite city. Lovely town. Next time I'll to check it out on winter.

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Rocky Point, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I never get tired of visiting the Breakers and nothing is more magical than seeing it dressed for Christmas. It really is extraordinary. Each time I go I spend a little more time with the "side info" of the audio tour...fascinating stuff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Words can not describe the magnitude, beauty, and amazing fact that it was built in 2 years. Audio tour is the way to go!

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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ample parking nearby. Well organized, perhaps even too... My family of 5 enjoyed the stop. Only the Vatican was more ornately decorated...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was beautiful! use the audio tour, gives you great details and information about the mansion and family. We only saw one mansion and this was the one.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first guided audio tour, ever. The audio tour really submerges you into the property which is beautiful. It's a bit pricey (~$20) but you're walking through history and you have a personal tour guide via the headphones. Definitely check this place out if you have the time!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was my second time walking through the Breakers. It is a lovely home with all the decadence of the era. It takes about an hour to walk through if you are using the guided tour which we did this time and it took a half hour the time I did not use the tour. You exit through a large... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Compared to some of the European opulently excessive palaces, this was a sort of mini example. However, the mansion reeked of wealth and decadent splendor. It is easy to see why these places reverted to the public upon the onset of personal income tax. The audio tour was well done and gave a good historical introduction to the Gilded Age.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The mansions are a chance to visit a time in history when several families thought of themselves as American royalty. The audio guide gives an excellent insight into the times. Buy tix on-line and avoid the lines.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This year The Elms and The Breakers were open at 9am (last year it was 10am for The Elms). Therefore, we opted to do a loop of The Elms, then The Breakers, and lastly Marble House. As stated at each house, please only photography with NO flash. The grand foyer was beautifully decorated with the poinsettia tree along with lots... More 

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