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 making a contribution to our Annual Fund today.
“As a resident of Newport for many years, I have always taken pride in this unique and beautiful place, not only for its beauty but also for its historical heritage. Because of my interests, I have formed the Newport Restoration Foundation to preserve and restore the 18th century buildings for future generations.” – Doris Duke, from November 1969 press release on her involvement with the Newport Restoration Foundation
As NRF celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018, we look back on our history as we also look ahead to the exciting new future for the organization. The exhibit will focus on three central themes/questions: What was Newport like in 1968 and why was there a need for NRF? Who were the people of NRF over 50 years and how did the work of NRF change in that time? What does the next 50 years look like for Newport and NRF? The exhibit uses a variety of archival documents, images, and objects to tell the story of NRF’s 50 years.