Newport is well known for its collection of Gilded Age mansions. These lush “summer cottages” that overlook the sea were built around the beginning of the 20th century by some of the country’s wealthiest families.
The Breakers is the grandest and most famous Gilded Age mansion in Newport. Cornelius Vanderbilt II had it constructed in 1893. The mansion’s stunning architecture was inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin.
The Breakers has long been one of Newport’s most popular attractions. People come from all over, all year long, to tour both the mansion and grounds. Perhaps you’ve even been before. Whether you have or not, you may not know that they’ve opened up a new tour … Beneath The Breakers!
Discover Beneath The Breakers
“Beneath The Breakers” is an underground tour revealing never-before-seen aspects of Newport’s most famous, Gilded Age mansion.
During the tour, you’ll explore the underground tunnel, boiler room, and basement of The Breakers. Your guide will walk you through the ages and explain how advancing domestic technology transformed daily life. You’ll learn about the impact of things like electricity, elevators, plumbing, laundry, and temperature control. You’ll also hear about the house engineer whose detailed daily journals made understanding how it all used to work possible.
Beneath The Breakers Mansion Tour
44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Visit www.newportmansions.org for more information and tickets.
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