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 late March to November.
Experience the only museum in the world specializing in 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts. Open late May to October.
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.
Welcome to the Newport Restoration Foundation.
Doris Duke had a strong impulse for preservation. Although Doris had houses in other parts of the country, Newport remained a special place for her. She established the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1968 in order to preserve the city’s early architectural and cultural heritage. Today, the NRF continues Doris’s legacy through the commitment to the preservation of places and through sharing the many stories connected to these places.
Through our Keeping History Above Water™ initiative, we are leading the charge to address the threat of sea level rise to historic structures worldwide. In 2016, we organized and hosted a national conference – one of the first of its kind – on the risks posed to the built environment by sea level rise. NRF supports conferences and programs each year throughout the country.