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.
The annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards, a joint program of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport, encourages excellence in historic preservation by recognizing exemplary preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation projects as well as education and advocacy initiatives that have taken place throughout Aquidneck Island. This year’s deadline for nominations is June 1, 2022.
May is Preservation Month. This year’s theme of “People Saving Places” gives us the opportunity to recognize the team who maintain one of the largest collections of period architecture owned by any single organization in the United States.
Whether you are looking for a perfect gift or are celebrating the coming of spring, check out what’s new at our museum store.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we are highlighting women collectors, artists, and makers who are an important part of the stories we tell at NRF.
This bright and bold pattern featuring birds, butterflies, and blossoms is on the fabric covering the recently reupholstered chaise lounge in Doris Duke’s bedroom.
To celebrate Black History Month, we are featuring the stories of African-heritage and African Americans who are an integral part of our story and our communities stories—along with resources so you can discover more!
Let us help you celebrate the season! We’ve made holiday shopping easy by putting together some great gift ideas from the NRF Museum Store.
What’s the story behind Whitehorne House’s windows? When Mill Supervisor Peter Raposa was tasked with restoring these historic sashes, the investigation began to uncover just how original these windows were to the home.
It’s hard to imagine an heiress wearing a t-shirt, but you may be surprised to know Doris Duke collected many t-shirts from the places she visited. Paige Bailey, NRF’s curatorial graduate intern for 2021, got up close and personal with some unique items from Doris Duke’s wardrobe this past summer and fall, and shared her experience for the NRF Blog.