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.
Learn how to make a book out of recycled materials to celebrate National Book Lovers’ Day on August 9!
This year, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Rough Point Museum being open to the public, and this is the second year that the Whitehorne House Museum will be open to the public after a long period of rethinking and reinterpretation. This seemed like a good moment to reflect back on the work we’ve done and the work we aspire to do at both museums.
A letter from the Newport Restoration Foundation in regard to the future of the Christopher Townsend House.
Learn how to make your own art from nature!
A field journal is important to the work of scientists who study nature, and they’re pretty fun to make too!
We learned about the Power of Wind from our May Second Sunday From Home program. Now it’s time to learn how to create your own weather vane!
2020 marks the 20th year that Rough Point opened its doors to visitors for tours, events and quality programs. Though our museums are closed right now, we are committed to honoring Doris Duke’s legacy by bringing her story to you, virtually. In that spirit, we would also love to make you part of our story by welcoming 20 new Restoration Partners into our NRF family this month.
Video: Our talented grounds and gardens crew adds new plants to the camel 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!
#401Gives is an initiative of United Way of Rhode Island. Its purpose is to bring a collective voice to Rhode Island’s nonprofit community and deepen the state’s culture of philanthropy.
Newport Restoration Foundation is honored to have several pieces created by women in our fine and decorative art collections. We’ve spotlighted five of these women artists here, and invite you to see them for yourself when our museums open this spring!