At a press conference at the Breakers this morning, The Preservation Society of Newport County and state tourism officials announced that the Newport Mansions surpassed more than one million tours in 2016, making it the first museum in New England outside of Boston to reach that milestone.

Speakers at the press conference included CEO & Executive Director of The Preservation Society of Newport County Trudy Coxe, Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Rhode Island Lara Salamano, former Mayor Harry Winthrop, Newport Representative Marvin L. Abney, Chairman of the Preservation Society’s Board of Trustees Monty Burnham, and William Corcoran, Jr., owner of Newport Tent Company.

“This milestone is evidence of the tremendous growth potential for tourism in Rhode Island,” said Salamano. “That’s why it’s critical that the state continue to work together with its private sector partners to make investments in sharing the Rhode Island story with people from all over the world.”

According to findings by the Preservation Society, visitors to the Newport Mansions over the past year came from all 50 states and approximately 114 countries, representing a 25% growth in visitation since 2008.  Surveys found that 40% of Newport Mansions visitors come back for repeat visits.

From January 1 through December 31, 2016, the Preservation Society gave 1,019,983 tours of its 10 historic properties, from the tiny Colonial Hunter House (1748) to Newport’s largest mansion, The Breakers (1895).  In September and October, the Newport Mansions were the most visited museum in New England.

The Preservation Society now operates four of its historic house museums daily year-round: The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff.  The other houses – Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote and Green Animals Topiary Garden – operate on a seasonal schedule from early spring to late fall.

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About The Newport Preservation Society

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.

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