Newport Mansions Surpass 1 Million Tours in 2018

Saturday, December 29, 2018

 

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More than 1 million people toured Newport Mansions in 2018

The Preservation Society of Newport County announced that they have given more than one million tours of the Newport Mansions in 2018.

It is the third consecutive year they have passed the one million mark.

“People from around the world are curious and interested to know more about American history. It is incredibly gratifying to see the commitment of our board, donors and staff rewarded by people from six continents making their way to Newport, Rhode Island to experience what we are preserving here. History is alive and well in Newport,” said Preservation Society board chairman Monty Burnham.

Tours in 2018

The mansions attracted visitors from more than 100 countries and all 50 states.

The longest trip reported this year to visit the mansions was 11,670 miles from Fremantle Western Australia to Newport.

Visitors enjoyed a wide variety of experiences, including guided, audio and family tours, as well as self-guided landscape tours and tours in French, German, Spanish and Chinese.

Additionally, over 130,000 people visited the special exhibitions at Rosecliff.

Other Milestones Reached

The Preservation Society reached two other milestones in 2018.

The American Alliance of Museums renewed accreditation to the mansions, a status only achieved by 6% of American museums.

Trip Advisor awarded the Newport Mansions “Hall of Fame” status for five consecutive years of highest recommendations from its subscribers.

 

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