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.
“Doris Duke did a wonderful thing fifty-some years ago when she preserved these Colonial houses,” he said. “Here we are 50 years later, and it is our responsibility to ensure that the work she did is not lost. To do for Newport a second time what she did for Newport the first time — to save these Colonial properties.” – Mark Thompson, Executive Director, Newport Restoration Foundation
Many thanks to The New York Times for spotlighting the efforts NRF and many others are taking to Keep History Above Water in their piece, ‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas.
Click here to read the article online.
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.
Newport Restoration Foundation is excited to be able to continue in-person programs and events at our museums this fall.
Newport Restoration Foundation is excited to be able to continue in-person programs and events at our museums this September