NRF promotes and invests in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all.
As a leader in the preservation of early American architecture, NRF supports research and education in areas directly related to its collections and issues of critical concern to the field of historic preservation.
Tour Doris Duke’s art-filled mansion and enjoy panoramic ocean views from the extensive grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Open April to November.
Experience the only museum in the world specializing in 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts.
Explore 40 acres of open space, a tribute to the agrarian heritage of Aquidneck Island. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk for public enjoyment.
Newport Restoration Foundation holds one of the largest collections of period architecture owned by a single organization anywhere in the United States.
Celebrate excellence in historic preservation efforts within the City of Newport, Rhode Island.
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Rough Point is a mansion and a museum with an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts and a sprawling historic landscape with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The property is experienced today largely as it was lived in during the lifetime of its most famous owner, the heiress, philanthropist, and preservationist Doris Duke.
Interested in a shorter, self-directed visit to the museum or more time to see the special exhibitions? Self-guided Roam Around Rough Point hours offer visitors a chance to explore the house, galleries, and gardens at their own pace. Knowledgeable guides are on hand to answer questions and share their favorite stories.
Note: Rough Point will be closed for the 2018 tour season after Sunday, November 11 and will reopen for regular house tours on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
Roam Around Rough Point Hours: Saturday & Wednesday
The museum is open for self-guided visits, Saturday from 3-5:00 and Wednesdays from 5-7:00. Please note that tickets will not be issued after 4:45 on Saturdays and 6:45 on Wednesdays.
Grounds Pass: Tuesday–Sunday
Explore the historic landscape and enjoy spectacular ocean views, between 9:30–5:00.
Children 12 & under: Free
All visitors: $5
For groups larger than 11 visitors, please visit our Group Tours page.
Guided tours introduce the singular personality of Doris Duke through the home she created, the art she collected, and the causes she embraced. The tour visits two floors of the house and special exhibition galleries. We invite you to explore the grounds on your own or join us for a guided garden tour.
Museum Tours: Tuesday-Sunday
75-minute tours depart every half hour, beginning at 9:30 and ending at 3:30. Last tour on Saturday is at 2:00 pm.
Garden Tours: Tuesday-Friday @ 2:00
30-minute tour of the historic gardens at Rough Point. Enjoy breathtaking ocean views as we talk about the transformation of the grounds over the seasons and how NRF’s celebrates Doris Duke’s interest in environmental conservation and sustainable horticulture. Weather permitting. Free with purchase of ticket.
Ages 13-18 & Students w/ ID: $10.00
Children 12 & under: Free
Tickets for all admissions available at the door; no advance reservation necessary.
For groups larger than 11 visitors,
please visit our Group Tours page.
680 Bellevue Avenue
Parking is available at the property. The estate is fully air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.
Tiffany swan centerpiece
Portrait of Doris Duke at 11 years old
Nymph Attributed to Clodion
Cigar storage case
Portrait of the Marchioness of Wellesley by Hoppner
Study for Decorative panel with barbet by Oudry
Made by Tiffany in 1874 and exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, the silver swan was a latecomer to the collection of Doris Duke. She bought it at auction in 1988, and was so fond of it that she kept it with her on her annual cycle of journeys to homes in Honolulu, Beverly Hills, Newport, New York, and Hillsborough, New Jersey. Given that this might suggest a late-in-life turn to the eccentric, it is worth noting that in the same year, Doris acquired her two Bactrian camels, Princess and Baby.
Doris Duke sat for this portrait in 1923, the year that Rough Point was being renovated for the Duke Family by Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer. The artist, John Da Costa, had been commissioned around the same time to paint formal portraits of her father, the tobacco and energy tycoon James B. Duke, and grandfather, Washington Duke, after whom Duke University was renamed in the 1920s.
The Wilke Manufacturing Company also made refrigerators around the turn of the twentieth century that were covered in porcelain tiles, just as on this freestanding cigar case, which was likely owned by James Buchanan Duke well before Doris Duke was born. The design was awarded a patent in 1902, but some version of the case had been in production for several years prior to that. In the patent application, a smaller case with a single door is shown, but not surprisingly, James B. Duke owned the deluxe two-door model.
Hyacinthe Gabrielle Roland was regarded as one of the great Parisian beauties of her day. She is shown here with two sons, Richard and Henry, in a portrait that was destined for India, where her husband, Richard, 2nd Earl of Mornington and Marquess of Wellesley, was serving as Governor-General. It hung in Government House in Calcutta until 1806, when it returned along with the Marquess to England. The portrait stayed with members of the Wellesley family through the 19th century and was bought in 1923 by the Dukes for their New York City house.
This and a second Oudry work of the same size that also hangs on the second floor landing at Rough Point were recently discovered to be preparatory sketches for paintings commissioned by Samuel Jacques Bernard, the comte de Coubert (1686-1753), for the dining room of his grand hôtel on the rue du Bac in Paris, built between 1740 and 1742. The full-scale paintings were removed in 1887 when the hôtel was dismantled and its decorations sold. They are now in the Museés des arts décoratifs, Strasbourg.