Welcome to the Newport home of Doris Duke—heiress, philanthropist and art collector. Enjoy her magnificent oceanfront estate, still decorated as she left it, where you will see French furniture, European art, Chinese porcelains, and Turkish carpets collected from exotic locations around the world. Located on Newport’s exclusive Bellevue Avenue, Rough Point provides a sweeping ocean view and expansive grounds designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
Ceramic pieces show up in almost every house. Plates, mugs, candlesticks, and other items of everyday use are made from earthenware, stoneware, or porcelain. Rough Point, Doris Duke’s Newport home, is no exception. The 2015 exhibit Fired & Inspired: Ceramics at Rough Point examines the diverse ceramic collection Doris Duke amassed, while making connections with newly created pieces seen throughout the house. Rough Point has commissioned new works by six artists inspired by the estate’s collections, history and spaces, providing a fresh new context for experiencing the mansion.
Tour this Newport estate as a welcome guest, and experience life as a 20th-century heiress. All tours are led by a knowledgeable guide. Small, intimate groups of 12–14 guests allow for a relaxed and personal experience. Lasting approximately 75 minutes, the tour visits the entire first floor of the house, then continues upstairs with a visit to Doris Duke's bedroom and to the special exhibition galleries.
Schedule and Ticketing Information
Rough Point is closed for the 2014 season and will open for the 2015 season on March 26.