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Beneath The Breakers Tour

Explore the underground systems that made this great house a marvel of technology for its time.

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The Breakers 44 Ochre Point Ave
Newport, RI 02840
Daily 10:30am and 2:30pm
  • Ticket holders should meet in gravel driveway just inside The Breakers 5 minutes prior to start of tour.
  • Recommended for 13 years and older.
  • Advance reservations recommended. 
  • Online reservations cannot be made for same-day tours.
  • $18.00 Adult
  • $8.00 Youth (Ages 6-12)
  • This is an underground tour, walking on concrete.
  • There are 30 stairs.
  • The tour is not accessible for those with mobility devices.

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.

Read about how the City of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket School Department played an important role in making the Beneath The Breakers Tour possible, in this February 16, 2017 article from the Pawtucket Times.

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

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