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History of Newport and the Mansions
Founded in 1639, Newport was an important port city, a center of the slave trade, a fashionable resort and the summer home of the Gilded Age rich.
What was the Gilded Age?
The Gilded Age was a period of unprecedented change in America. Fortunes were spent on luxuries such as the lavish "summer cottages" of Newport.
Deep Dive into the Show
Learn about the people, places and events depicted in Julian Fellowes' popular historical drama series.
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The Preservation Society of Newport County is appealing federal agency approval of two massive wind farms off the Rhode Island coast.
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Join us for Newport County Days on Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29, 2023.
The Preservation Society of Newport County invites all Newport County residents to visit our houses and properties for free, Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29, 2023.
Experience the beauty and grandeur of The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms and Rosecliff. These Newport Mansions appear in Julian Fellowes’ “The Gilded Age” series on HBO, which begins its second season on October 29, and they have awed generations of visitors. Download the free Newport Mansions audio tour app, bring your earbuds and hear the fascinating stories of people who lived and worked in these grand mansions. Children’s audio tours at The Breakers and Marble House bring the houses to life for young imaginations, with cool sound effects and fun characters. And don’t miss the groundbreaking “The Celestial City: Newport and China” exhibition at the newly restored Rosecliff!
This offer is for residents of Newport, Jamestown, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton. Proof of residency is required. Free admission is also extended to personnel stationed at Naval Station Newport and their immediate family (Naval Station ID required) and students of Salve Regina University (student ID required).
This offer excludes specialty tours like Beneath The Breakers and The Elms Servant Life Tour.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Newport Mansions!
City of Newport residents receive free admission year round by presenting proof of residency. Excludes specialty tours such as Beneath The Breakers, The Elms Servant Life, Sparkling Lights at The Breakers and Inside the Gilded Age.
Explore the underground systems that made this great house a marvel of technology for its time.
See and hear how the other half lived. This tour will highlight the stories of some of the men and women who worked to service the social whirl of Newport during the Gilded Age.
Explore China’s deep influence on Newport from the 18th century through the Gilded Age. This exhibition brings together more than 100 extraordinary objects and illuminates how many different people of Chinese heritage, including artists, merchants, immigrant entrepreneurs and women suffragists, shaped all aspects of life in Newport.
This outdoor spectacle of holiday lights will dazzle and delight you! The 13-acre landscape of The Breakers turns into a wonderland of color and light. Includes tour of the lavish decorated rooms inside the house. Open on select evenings through the season. Includes The Breakers interior tour during the same visit.
A great Newport tradition! See The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms dressed in their festive holiday finery. It’s the most spectacular time of the year at these awe-inspiring Gilded Age mansions.
Our annual black-tie holiday event is sold out. The waitlist is at capacity and has been closed. Happy Holidays to all!
Preservation Society members, this evening is for you! Enjoy music, food, drinks and conversation amid the holiday décor in The Elms.
After a one-year sojourn to Marble House, New England’s premier flower show returns to Rosecliff with the theme of “At Home.”
Save the dates for the 19th annual festival, featuring the Vintner Dinner, Sunday Brunch and tasty yet educational seminar experiences.
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Parking is free onsite at all properties except for Hunter House and The Breakers Stable & Carriage House, where street parking is available.
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