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.
We learned about the Power of Wind from our May Second Sunday From Home program (Click here to check it out!). Now it’s time to learn how to create your own weather vane!
– Pin or paper clip
– Pencil with eraser
– Cardstock (or heavier) paper
– Paper cup
Draw arrows on cardstock paper and cut out. Try to make the back arrow slightly larger than the front, this will help the weather vane point in the right direction (the bigger side will be pushed by the wind, so the smaller side will point in the direction the wind is blowing).
Cut slits into ends of straw. Make sure your cuts are done in the same direction, or your arrows will not be aligned.
Insert paper arrows (head and tail) into the ends of straw.
Poke pencil into center of the bottom of the paper cup, or another household object (such as a paper box, a piece of clay, anything that will keep the pencil upright).
Attach straw to the eraser using pin or paper clip. Make sure that your straw is able to turn smoothly.
Bring outside and watch it turn!
If you would like, use a compass to determine north, south, east, and west, and mark them on your weather vane. Now you’ll always know the direction of the wind!
Feel free to color or decorate your weather vane however you choose!
Be sure to share your weather vanes with us by tagging NRF on social media @nptrestoration!
2020 marks the 20th year that Rough Point opened its doors to visitors for tours, events and quality programs. Though our museums are closed right now, we are committed to honoring Doris Duke’s legacy by bringing her story to you, virtually. In that spirit, we would also love to make you part of our story by welcoming 20 new Restoration Partners into our NRF family this month.
Video: Our talented grounds and gardens crew adds new plants to the camel sculptures every year, so they never look exactly the same. Now you can try your hand at decorating your own camel, and when we reopen check out how Princess and Baby are dressed this year!
#401Gives is an initiative of United Way of Rhode Island. Its purpose is to bring a collective voice to Rhode Island’s nonprofit community and deepen the state’s culture of philanthropy.
Newport Restoration Foundation is honored to have several pieces created by women in our fine and decorative art collections. We’ve spotlighted five of these women artists here, and invite you to see them for yourself when our museums open this spring!