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Beneath The Breakers Tour

What you need to know

The Breakers 44 Ochre Point Ave
Newport, RI 02840
Daily 10:30 am
  • Ticket holders should meet in the gravel driveway just inside the entrance gate five minutes before the start of the tour.
  • Recommended for guests 13 years and older.
  • Advance reservations are recommended. 
  • Online reservations cannot be made for same-day tours.
  • $25 Adult
  • $20 Member Adult
  • $10 Youth (Ages 6-12)
  • This is an underground tour, walking on concrete.
  • There are 30 stairs.
  • The tour is not accessible for people with mobility devices.
  • Duration of the tour is approximately one hour.

You’ll see and learn about the new domestic technology that transformed daily life, including:

  • The development of electricity and how it changed the Gilded Age.
  • The emergence of the modern elevator.
  • The revolutionary infrastructure that heated and cooled the great house.
  • The modern plumbing and laundry facilities that affected attitudes about hygiene and cleanliness.

And you’ll hear about the house engineer whose detailed daily journals have helped us understand how it all worked.

Based on research by Preservation Society staff and period documents, this tour shares with visitors how the house changed with the times as domestic technology evolved through the Gilded Age and into the 20th century.

This is an underground experience in a historic structure. You will pass through some enclosed spaces. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.

Preservation Society members: To receive your discount, click on the “Purchase Tickets Now” button, then select the “Member Login” tab. You will be asked to log in to your account before purchasing the tickets.

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