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.
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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.
We look forward to welcoming you safely onsite for a self-guided experience at Rough Point.
During Your Visit:
For inquiries about private tours, please contact Jen Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Join us for A Rough Point Holiday!
Weekends starting November 26 – January 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Christmas Day)
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Restoring Rough Point
Please pardon our appearance as Rough Point’s exterior is currently being restored in order to protect the house and its collection from water infiltration. Prior to your visit, please be aware of potential exterior scaffolding and sound that may occur during your museum experience. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming you to the museum.
About the Project
Rough Point’s oceanfront location makes it subject to frequent battering from strong winds, saltwater spray, and harmful storms. Over time, these forces degrade the exterior materials that protect the inside of the house from water and other elements. The scope of the project includes improving the water drainage system, replacing the damaged brownstone and slate roof, and repairing the masonry.
Regular Season Adults: $20.00
Students with ID: $10.00
Children 12 & under: Free
Rough Point is a Blue Star Museum. Active-duty military and families receive free admission from May 15-September 6, 2021.
Grounds & Gardens access included in museum admission.
All visitors: $5
Combine Your Ticket
Purchase a combined ticket to both Whitehorne House Museum* and Rough Point Museum for only $25!
*Whitehorne House Museum is closed for the regular season and will reopen May 2021.
680 Bellevue Avenue
Parking is available at the property. The estate is fully air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.
Carved and Gilded Rococo Double Doors
Pantsuit by André Courrèges
Embroidered panel with the story of Esther
Covered Jar depicting a celebration of longevity by the Daoist Eight Immortals
Near Reef of Norman’s Woe by Lane
Pair of musical automatons by John Henry Cox
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.
Doris Duke had a great fondness for antique ceramics and even went to the trouble of learning how to properly repair them. This piece probably appealed to her both for its complicated technique, known as fahua -- with an outer layer of turquoise blue openwork over a solid container -- and for its subject matter, the Eight Immortals of Chinese mythology celebrating the birthday of the god of longevity in the immortal land, depicted with pine trees and clouds over waves.
This pair of whimsical mechanical pieces (only one is shown here) were made in England for export to the Far East market. To fit English perceptions of Asian aesthetics, a pagoda shape includes animals exotic to Westerners such as elephants and ostriches. When operating, the devices play one of six tunes, and ships and horseback riders parade through painted backdrops revolving behind glass panels in the base. The automatons were acquired by Doris Duke in Bangkok, Thailand, in the 1960s.