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The Breakers

Built 1895National Historic Landmark

The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial pre-eminence in the Gilded Age.

Plan your visit

House and grounds close one hour after last tour admission.
Includes admission to The Breakers Only - interior house and grounds.
The Breakers is partially accessible with elevator in service.

Things to Do

Interested in a group tour?

Special rates available for groups of 20 or more adults and 10 or more students.

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Audio tours are self-guided using our free audio tour app

Visitors must bring their own smart device with earbuds/headsets and download the free Newport Mansions tour app before your visit. Printed scripts are available at most mansions and staff appreciate your questions.

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The Breakers was built by America’s pre-eminent architect for one of the richest families in the world.

Learn more about The Breakers
  • Original Builder

    Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II

  • Architect

    Richard Morris Hunt

  • Construction dates


  • Materials

    Brick faced with Indiana limestone

  • Ownership transferred to the Preservation Society


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