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.
Whether you are looking for a perfect gift or are celebrating the coming of spring, check out what’s new at our museum store. Thank you for shopping local and supporting your favorite museums!
Send a note through snail mail: Keep in touch through snail mail with these beautiful custom notecards—there are sets perfect for furniture fans, sharing your love of Rough Point, celebrating decisive decision makers, or for sending a friendly #camelgram.
For journaling : Jot down your thoughts, record your dreams, decompress after a long day, make lists, or doodle away with these custom, themed journals.
Get ready for spring: Bees are vital to a healthy garden—and this intricately-crafted, bejeweled ornament brings the beauty and vibrancy of the garden inside your home. And don’t forget your gardener gloves—now back in stock!
For fans of Whitehorne House Museum: Craft: An American History is a fascinating history of craft and craftspeople in the United States—and introduces readers to the told and untold stories of makers who helped shape America’s identity, from revolutionary carpenters and blacksmiths, to Mother Jones, to Rosie the Riveter, to suffragists, to Rosa Parks, to makers of the AIDS quilt.
Pencil it in: This set of 4 beautifully crafted pencils is perfect for writing notes to friends, for recording dreams, for very late thank-you notes, for sketching paintings, for jotting down recipes, for tucking behind your ear, and more!
Explore the history of fashion: If you are envious of Doris Duke’s closets—or want to learn more about the female designers, makers, and collaborators who helped shape fashion, then The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion: 250 Years of Fashion is the book for you. Celebrating women’s contributions to fashion, this book threads together interesting history and gorgeous images
For your hard-working hands: Frequent hand-washing and cold weather wreak havoc on your hands. This Rose Petal Sugar Scrub is an all-natural way to smooth away dryness while moisturizing and revitalizing your hands. Plus, the rose petals has us dreaming of Rough Point’s gorgeous roses.
For a fancy afternoon tea, a charming gift, or for enjoying a cozy cup of hot cocoa: These durable and beautiful custom tea towels are digitally printed and hand-sewn, and feature iconic patterns from Rough Point and Whitehorne House Museum’s collections.
For kids who love history, to craft, and gardening:
Whose Tools?: A Guessing Game with 24 Tools: This fun, colorful board book is an informative guessing game that will keep curious kids engaged. They will meet six different types of craftspeople and the 24 tools they use to build a house, from the ground up. A perfect introduction to making and craft for budding NRF enthusiasts!
Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe: This beautiful biography features gorgeous, vibrant pictures that bring the story of designer Ann Cole Lowe vividly to life. Ann Cole Lowe is best known for designing Jackie Bouvier’s wedding gown—and Jackie Bouvier Kennedy later became a good friend of Doris Duke (they both shared a passion for fashion and for preservation).
Perfect to read with kids (or for young readers), this is a tale about passion and perseverance—and is an empowering story of a successful, visionary designer and businesswoman. Ages 4-8.
Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist: At Whitehorne House Museum, we celebrate the stories of craftsmen and craftswomen of 18th-century Newport, and beyond.
Discover the empowering story of Harriet Powers through this beautifully illustrated picture-book biography. Harriet was an artist who crafted stories through her quilts—many of which now hang in the Smithsonian and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Ages 4-8.
Kid’s Vibrant Green Gardening Gloves: These gloves are perfect for kid’s hands: lightweight and form fitting, they make it easy and fun for kids to get a good grip when pulling weeds. Palm and fingers are coated with a soft latex foam to keep moisture out. The back of the hand is uncoated so it’s breathable and comfortable in hot weather. And there are matching pairs for adults as well!
Standard shipping is free! We now giftwrap as well: Take the stress out of gift-giving. Select the giftwrapping option to have your gifts be beautifully wrapped in paper featuring hand-drawn illustrations and patterning.
Newport Restoration Foundation is excited to be able to bring in-person programs and events back to our museums starting June 4. Rough Point Museum, Whitehorne House Museum, and Prescott Farm will offer a variety of free and ticketed programs for all ages and interests.
NRF Tenant Steward Sandra Liotus took a moment to tell us about her journey to discovering NRF's John Davis House and her experience living amidst history for the last 23 years.
In the Fall of 2020, the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) embarked on a historic structures report (HSR) at the William Vernon House (46 Clarke Street). The process has literally taken NRF behind the walls, and beneath the floorboards, to gain a deeper understanding of the building’s history.
Let's take a closer look at the stories behind the fashion items in the Rough Point collection that were made by some not-so-famous designers!