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.
As a member of the Newport community, NRF embraces the textured history of the city, and welcomes the stories and memories of the many different people who lived and live here.
Check out our Holiday Gift Guide to help make it easier to find that special gift this holiday season.
We took some time to interview Estate Gardener, Tessa Young, to see what goes into winterizing the grounds of Rough Point, what the camels will be up to, as well as what not-to-miss when you visit the museum this fall and winter.
The University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners, who generously care for the gardens at NRF's Prescott Farm, have grown pumpkins which will be donated this month to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Newport.
Could you imagine spending a summer unboxing Doris Duke’s wardrobe? This year, Rough Point Museum received a donation of hundreds of fashion items from the collection at Shangri La, Doris Duke’s home in Hawaii. Summer 2020 Collections Intern, Alyssa C. Opishinski, was tasked with documenting these items and explains what it was like “Time Traveling Through Doris Duke’s Wardrobe.”
Make a pinwheel that catches the wind like sails do!
Learn how to make your own flowers that you can keep forever!
The cicadas call from the trees, the gardens have slowed down their growth, and the air has become thick and still: we have entered into the dog days of summer.
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.