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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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A kids-eye view of history

We were worried our 6 and 7 year olds would be bored and frustrated by an audio tour of this gilded-age mansion, but we opted for the kids-only tour, and surprise - they loved it... read more

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This review is for the "Beneath The Breakers" tour which goes UNDER the main house where you get to see the mechanical systems such as the boilers, heating systems, and plumbing. While the tour guide was thorough, he didn't make it easy to ask questions. Also, there have been some interesting articles written about where some of the old boilers... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were worried our 6 and 7 year olds would be bored and frustrated by an audio tour of this gilded-age mansion, but we opted for the kids-only tour, and surprise - they loved it! The audio player was easy to use, and we all had fun with "press play at the count of three" to synchronize our audio. The... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

amazing construction, artistry. Hard to believe that families lived there..so grand and open. Smaller rooms upstairs cozier. Docents very informative.

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We did the family version of the self-guided audio tour, mostly so we would know what our 7 year old was hearing and be able to help him along. To our surprise, he was really into it. The narrator, voice actors, sound effects, etc, kept him invested in the story and history of the mansion for the duration of our... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I recently visited the Breakers Mansion with my husband and daughters (ages 6 and 3). The Breakers is a beautiful mansion and the tour is laid out nicely to keep things moving along. My family and I followed the family audio tour that is provided when you enter the mansion; each of us had our own headset and player which... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must if you are in Newport to see how the Vanderbilts lived at the end of 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The woodwork and stone carving are incomparable and the family only used the home for a few weeks a year. You can buy a package of tickets to see a number of mansions at... More 

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Warren, Rhode Island
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Everyone should check out the Breakers at least once! This was about my 5th time and I still enjoyed in immensely.

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Wilmington, DE
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An overwhelmingly beautiful visit with great historical tours. All three of our kids--14, 12, and 8--enjoyed the visit. The kid-friendly tour audio and his own personal audio player kept even our 8 year old involved.

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A friend and I came to Newport to visit the Gilded Age mansions, and of course, The Breakers is the main one we wanted to see. We arrived right at 9am, when it opens, so it was nice to avoid larger crowds. The good thing is you get to see the entire house. So, there is not really anything you... More 

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Temple, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Breakers is an awesome tour. Really amazing the amount of wealth the Vanderbilt family had. Lived like royalty. Wish we could have toured all of them. We loved the city tour in the white bus as well. Very informative. The cliff walk in back of The Breakers is beautiful.

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