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.
Live amidst history by renting one of our many historic properties.
Help us to continue a lived-in legacy by becoming a Restoration Partner today.
Between 1988 and 1992, Doris Duke’s camels Princess and Baby spent their summers at Rough Point in Newport. Today, you can still find camels at Rough Point — made out of plants!
Our talented grounds and gardens crew adds new plants to the sculptures every year, so they never look exactly the same. Now you can try your hand at decorating your own camel, and when we reopen check out how Princess and Baby are dressed this year!
Step 1 – Download a Camel Template, or draw your own!
Step 2 – Gather your supplies (whatever you can find!)
Step 3 – Create a masterpiece. Be as creative as you’d like! Perhaps even add plant materials to make your creation even more like our plant sculptures
Step 4 – Share your work of art with us on social media using the hashtag #camelcreations and tagging us @nptrestoration!
Click here for Camel Template
NRF is seeking proposals from museum collections professionals (e.g., conservation professionals, registrars, collections managers, collections curators) with experience in planning and providing for the protection of museum collections during major construction and/or repair projects.
According to former staff, when Doris Duke particularly enjoyed a recipe she would have it faxed to her other homes so that the cooks in each house could learn how to make the dish. Here are some recipes from Doris Duke’s personal recipe collection.
In part two of our special interview with Rough Point' Estate Gardener Tessa Young, we talk about off-season gardening at Rough Point, advice on how to prep your plants and gardens for the winter, and how to successfully get cozy this winter with houseplants.
We took a moment to interview Pamela Carolino Lima, Head Housekeeper at NRF, to hear more about projects during the off-season at Rough Point, get advice for cleaning furniture and other surfaces in our homes, and preserving our museums for future generations to enjoy.