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The Breakers

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Houses & Mansions, Educational, Cultural, Historical, Touristy, Special Needs
44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI
URL: The Breakers  Phone: 401-847-1000

Activity Overview

Modeled after a French chateau and completed in 1901, The Elms, served as a luxurious "summer cottage" for Mr. and Mrs. Edward Berwind, whose fortune was made in the coal industry.

The remarkable interior of this mansion includes such riches as Oriental jades, 18th-century French and Venetian paintings and a collection of Renaissance ceramics.

The recently restored, lavish grounds include fountains, a sunken garden, marble pavilions, and bronze statues.

The Elms was purchased by The Preservation Society of Newport County in 1962, and the house was then open to the public. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996.

Things to Do

  • Take a self-guided, audio tour which will lead you through the grand ballroom, salon, dining room, breakfast room, library, conservatory and grand hallway on the first floo, bedrooms and sitting room upstairs, and servants' quarters on the third floor.
  • For an extra charge, take the Servant Life Tour which will show you the laundry room, steamer trunk storage area, galley, wine cellar and more.
  • Enjoy the stunning view of Newport Harbor.

The Elms Insider Tips

  • Allow about an hour and a half for a tour of the mansion. No advance ticket purchase is required.
  • Strollers and oversize bags are not allowed inside The Breakers.
  • Photographs are permitted only of the exterior of the building.
  • Only partially wheelchair accessible.

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