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.
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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March 20 – April 4
April 6 – June 27th
Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
June 29 – October 3
October 5 – November 14th
Students with ID: $10.00
Children 12 & under: Free
Active military members receive free admission with ID.
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.
Portrait of Charles Oldfield Bowles by Hoppner
Pair of wrought iron console tables with gilding
“Grotto” style piano stool
Infant Christ Asleep by Duquesnoy
Large Cizhou baluster jar
Portrait of Thomas Freeman, Jr., Esq. by Hoare
Charles Oldfield Bowles (1785-1862) was the son of an amateur painter and musician Oldfield Bowles (1739-1810) of North Aston, Oxfordshire. This was the first of five John Hoppner paintings owned by James B. Duke. He purchased it in 1908 not long after his marriage in 1907 to Nanaline Holt Inman, a widower from Macon, Georgia, who had a son, Walker, of about the same age as the sitter when Hoppner captured his likeness.
This pair of tables is in the style of later 18th-century French Louis XVI wall consoles, but they were made in the 19th century to match the scale and opulence of Gilded Age mansions. They were originally part of the furnishings of the New York mansion where Doris Duke grew up, but moved to Rough Point’s Solarium at Rough Point in the late 1950s.
Revolving shell form seat on cabriole legs with hairy paw feet, commonly called a grotto stool.
When Doris Duke bought this early Chinese jar in 1955, she expressed a shared passion with her parents for Asian ceramics, but at the same time signaled a departure from their narrowly focused interest in later eighteenth-century export ware. As a result, Rough Point is filled with a wonderful range of Chinese pottery from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries.
This portrait was a purchase of Doris Duke's father from the dealer Knoedler & Co. in New York in November 1924.