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The staff of the Newport Restoration Foundation is pleased to welcome visitors to our properties. Over the past few months we have been in constant discussion, planning how to make our reopening as safe as can be and to comply with local and state laws and guidelines, as well as the health and safety guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control.

This year’s experience will be a little different from years past, as we create visitor experiences that simultaneously share the fascinating histories of our founder, Doris Duke, and her collections as well as the remarkable beauty of those collections and our grounds while insisting on social distancing and other health and safety guidelines.  Here is what to expect when you come to a NRF museum in the 2020 season.



Rough Point Museum and Whitehorne House Museum are now open. As you will see below, all entries to our museums will be timed, allow a specific number of people onsite at any time, and all ticket purchases will be online and contactless. Please check our website for updates or call us at 401-847-8344 if you need assistance.


Please read the following before your visit:

General Ticketing and Admission:

  • Tickets for timed admission entry must be purchased in advance at or by calling 401-847-8344. Grounds and Gardens access is included in museum admission.
  • Tickets for children under the age of 12 are free but still must have a reserved, timed ticket through our online system.
  • Please Note: The museum is closed for cleaning between 12pm-1pm.
  • The number of guests is limited per timeslot to ensure comfortable social distancing.
  • Cloth face masks must be worn while inside NRF museums. Cloth face masks must be worn outside on the Rough Point grounds when social distancing is not possible. Those with medical exemptions, please speak with a staff member.
  • Visitors and staff must observe social distancing guidelines whenever possible (at least 6 feet between individual groups and from staff).
  • Visitors who are ill and/or are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, coughing, and sneezing will not be permitted onsite.
  • If you are entitled to free admission or have purchased a ticket through another party, please call us at 401-847-8344 to schedule the time and date of your entry. If you arrive onsite without first scheduling, you may not be able to be admitted.
  • If you are traveling to Rhode Island from out-of-state, please be aware of the State Department of Health’s travel restrictions. Please click on THIS LINK to learn more, and please plan accordingly.

During your visit:

  • Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be on hand (at a socially-safe distance) to chat with you about the museum and to answer any questions you might have.
  • You will access information about Rough Point or Whitehorne House Museum from your own personal device or you may request a one-time use paper copy of the information. You will have access to this material after you visit, as well.
  • Inside the museum, a one-way tour route will be clearly marked.
  • For your safety and the safety of our staff, in-person guided tours will be available only on a limited basis and must be arranged in advance. Please email or call Jen Davis at 401-846-4152 ext. 113 to schedule and for more information.
  • Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and after coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. Hand sanitizer stations are also located on the first and second floors.

Our staff:

  • We care deeply about our staff and have put guidelines and procedures into place to help ensure they have a healthy and safe work environment.
  • Our staff are complying with CDC and State of Rhode Island guidelines with respect to self-screening and illness. Any staff member who is ill is not permitted to work.
  • Staff are required wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and frequently wash their hands.


  • NRF cleaning policies adhere to or exceed the requirements of the CDC and the State of Rhode Island. High-contact surfaces are frequently cleaned throughout the day.

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Thank you for your support!

We look forward to welcoming you safely onsite to our museums.

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