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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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Become a Member
We invite you to become a member of the Preservation Society today. In addition to joining an active community of preservation supporters and advocates, members are offered unlimited access to all open houses.
Our mission is to protect, preserve, and present the best of Newport County's architectural heritage. Learn more about us and our work.
Wind Farm Federal Appeal: FAQs
The Preservation Society of Newport County is appealing federal agency approval of two massive wind farms off the Rhode Island coast.
Personal Photography on the Grounds
Rent our museums for commercial photography & videography, TV production, and wedding photography.
Commercial Filming or Photography
Museum Rentals & Weddings
Host your wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate event, or other celebration at our historic museums.
Yes! We are very excited about our new membership program that launches May 1, 2023. You can learn more about the new benefits and levels by clicking here.
Becoming a member is easy. You can purchase your membership online before you visit, or in person on the day of your visit wherever we are selling tickets at our open properties. You can also call our Membership Office at (401) 847-1000 ext. 111.
Memberships are valid for one full year from the month of purchase.
Membership gives you free, unlimited access to regular guided and audio tours at all Newport Mansions properties.
Specialty Tours, like the Servant Life Tour at The Elms and the Beneath The Breakers Tour, are not included in your membership. However, members receive a discounted price for those tours. Visit our Become a Member page to see a full list of benefits or our Current Members page for how to use them. To see which Newport Mansions will be open before you visit, check the operating schedule.
You should expect your permanent membership materials to arrive 2-3 weeks after your purchase.
If you purchase your membership onsite at the Newport Mansions the day of your visit, you will receive a temporary membership card that can be used immediately. If you purchase your new membership online, you will receive an automatic email with a PDF copy of your temporary membership card, which can be used right away for admission at any of the Newport Mansion properties.
The number of named individuals on a membership depends on the membership level. See our Become a Member page for more details.
No. Memberships are non-transferable and are only valid for the named individuals and children (when applicable) listed on the membership card. One exception is that we do allow a caregiver to use the Family membership to accompany children, provided they have a written note from one of the named members. For the protection of your membership investment, we ask that you provide photo ID to accompany your membership card.
You have up to seven (7) days after the first use of your tickets to put the value of the tickets towards the cost of a membership. This offer is for in-person only, as we ask that you turn in your tickets at the time of the upgrade. Only the tickets of those to be included on the membership can be put towards the cost.
Yes, you can upgrade your membership to a higher level at any time during the membership year, or at the time of your membership renewal. You can do this in person wherever we are selling tickets at our open properties, or over the phone by calling our Membership Office at 401-847-1000 ext. 111.
If you happen to visit without your membership card, show your photo ID wherever we are selling tickets at our open properties and we will happily print a temporary card for your use. If you have lost your card and would like a replacement card mailed, please contact our Membership Office at firstname.lastname@example.org , or by calling (401) 847-1000 ext.111. A replacement card will arrive in the mail within 1-2 weeks. We do not replace guest passes.
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Download our tour app before your visit and bring your earbuds.
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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