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.
In the Fall of 2020, the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) embarked on a historic structures report (HSR) at the William Vernon House (46 Clarke Street). The process has literally taken NRF behind the walls, and beneath the floorboards, to gain a deeper understanding of the building’s history.
Let's take a closer look at the stories behind the fashion items in the Rough Point collection that were made by some not-so-famous designers!
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NRF is hiring for part-time and full-time positions for the Grounds and Gardens Crew for maintenance of the grounds and facilities of Rough Point, Whitehorne House, Prescott Farm and preservation properties.
This Earth Day head out to Prescott Farm for Nature Bingo!
Whether you are looking for a perfect gift or are celebrating the coming of spring, check out what’s new at our museum store.
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.
As we get ready to welcome visitors to a new season at Rough Point, we looked back to how former residents used to prepare for Doris Duke’s arrival at Rough Point for the season. We spoke with Linda Knierim, whose parents were caretakers of Rough Point in 1961.
2020 was a year of care and creativity at NRF’s museums. New on the NRF blog, Dr. Erik Greenberg, NRF’s Director of Museums, reflects on the past year’s challenges and triumphs and looks forward to the future.
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.