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Photo Credit: Preservation Society of Newport County

Residents of the city of Newport have been enjoying The Preservation Society of Newport County‘s gift of free admission to the Newport Mansions for all of 2015 in celebration of the Society’s 70th anniversary. From May to October,  just over 4,200 Newport residents – including 673 children – have visited the mansions for free.

“As the holidays approach, we want to remind Newport residents that this free admission offer remains in effect,” said Preservation Society CEO & Executive Director Trudy Coxe.  “Travel + Leisure magazine just named Newport one of the Top Holiday Towns in America, so we want to make sure that Newporters take advantage of this opportunity to get in the holiday spirit.”
Any resident family member is welcome to take any regular tour, any day of the week, just by showing proof of city of Newport residency at the ticket station at any one of the Preservation Society’s properties.  Proof of residency can be a driver’s license, motor vehicle registration, passport, other photo id, utility bill, or any similar document that shows name and address.  To take advantage of this offer, each adult must show proof of Newport residency.  Identification is not required for children, but children must be escorted by an adult.

From now until November 20, The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer are open daily.  Starting November 21, The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House will be decorated for the holidays and open daily.  Rosecliff will be closed from November 21 to December 6, but then will reopen daily through January 3, showcasing the exhibition Newport & Her Southern Sisters: Three Centuries of Art & Design.  Free admission to the mansions applies to daytime house tours only. The Servant Life Tour at The Elms is included on a space-available basis.  Special events, performances, shows, festivals, lectures and Holiday Evenings are not included.

For more detailed information about the free admission for Newport residents in 2015, please visit

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, decorative arts and social history.  Its 11 historic properties–seven of them National Historic Landmarks–span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.