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.
Rough Point is a mansion and a museum with an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts and a sprawling historic landscape with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The property is experienced today largely as it was lived in during the lifetime of its most famous owner, the heiress, philanthropist, and preservationist Doris Duke.
Rough Point will be open for grounds and gardens only access beginning Tuesday, June 23. The house museum will be open beginning Tuesday, July 7.
Please be aware timed tickets MUST be reserved online prior to your visit, and all visitors are required to comply with all COVID-19 safety protocols.
Click here more information on tickets and guidelines.
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, last admission at 3:30 pm
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, last admission at 3:00 pm
All visitors: $5
Museum Tickets (beginning July 7)
Students with ID: $10.00
Children 12 & under: Free
Active military members receive free admission with ID, and active members from Aquidneck Island can extend their free admission to up to 4 family members through Labor Day.
Grounds & Gardens access included in museum admission.
Combine Your Ticket
Purchase a combined ticket to both Whitehorne House Museum* and Rough Point Museum for only $25!
*Whitehorne House Museum is temporarily closed – opening date to be determined.
Please be aware timed tickets MUST be purchased online prior to your visit, and all visitors are required to comply with all COVID-19 safety protocols.
We are open online! We invite you to explore the remarkable mansion of an unconventional heiress from home. Please follow our Facebook, Instagram or YouTube pages for the latest updates on opening, upcoming Rough Point From Home programs, and more.
Visit our online museum store!
The products of the Newport Restoration Foundation Store celebrate the life and passions of our founder, Doris Duke. We invite you to explore our curated collections—including unique, one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by our museums’ design, collections, and stories— exclusively available here.
Click here to start shopping from home or visit shopnewportrestoration.org.
680 Bellevue Avenue
Parking is available at the property. The estate is fully air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.
Desk and bookcase
Pair of cloisonné candlesticks
Carved and Gilded Rococo Double Doors
Pair of Shoes by Jay Thorpe
Silk Velvet Jacket by Balenciaga
“Grotto” style piano stool
Given her deep interest in and knowledge of Asian art, Doris Duke bought this pair of candlesticks (only one shown here) at auction in New York in 1975.
This pair of double doors (only one set shown here) and another pair just like them originally adorned the Golden Gallery in the Palazzo Carrega-Cataldi, now the Chamber of Commerce in Genoa. They were purchased in Italy and brought to New York by the architect Stanford White in the 1890s. One pair, now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Rogers Fund, 1991.307a, b), stayed with White until his death in 1906. The Rough Point pair were destined for the ballroom of the Fifth Avenue mansion of William C. Whitney, which White was renovating at the time. Doris Duke bought the doors at the sale of the contents of another Newport mansion, Bois Dore, in 1977. Just as they were used in the Whitney Mansion, Duke used the doors in Rough Point as freestanding screens. One thing she changed, however, was the orientation of the hinges, leaving one pair of doors (the pair you see here) misaligned.
Revolving shell form seat on cabriole legs with hairy paw feet, commonly called a grotto stool.