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Newport Art Museum

76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840-7411
+1 401-848-8200
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Art in Newport

Nice art museum that has early American pieces. If you like American art this is a must see... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Keith W
Hartford, Connecticut
A Good Local Art Museum

I was most impressed by the exhibition of local water colorists's work, as well as by the... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2017
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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The Newport Art Museum's collections and exhibitions reflect Rhode Island's rich cultural heritage and lively contemporary art scene. We are the only museum to focus on the art and artists of Rhode Island, both historic and contemporary. The Museum is housed in the John N.A. Griswold House and the Cushing Gallery. Home for the Museum since 1916, the Griswold House is a National Historic Landmark and an Official Project of Save America’s Treasures. Designed in 1862 by architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was completed in 1864 for John N.A. Griswold, a China trade merchant and financier, and his wife Jane. Griswold House was Hunt’s first major commission in Newport and is the premier example of American Stick Style architecture. Hunt went on to design many of the grand cottages of Newport’s Gilded Age, including The Breakers, Marble House, and Ochre Court. To honor artist Howard Gardiner Cushing, an early member of the Newport Art Association, the Association erected the Cushing Gallery in 1920.The Newport Art Museum is one of only 5% of American museums to be fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.
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  • Average14%
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“old mansion” (5 reviews)
“mixed media” (2 reviews)
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76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840-7411
+1 401-848-8200
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice art museum that has early American pieces. If you like American art this is a must see museum. Nice place to spot in while visiting the mansions on Bellevue Avenue.

Thank Keith W
Reviewed 27 June 2017

I was most impressed by the exhibition of local water colorists's work, as well as by the turn-of-the-20th-century gallery of one local artist that is the foundation of the museum's collection. But I expected more, especially in Newport.

Thank rhawnhurster
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Small but quaint museum in an old mansion. There was a gallery of watercolors from a local competition which had some beautiful pieces!!

Thank MichelleB3
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

The Newport Museum is housed in the Griswold House by R.M. Hunt. The museum is housed in two buildings. It has a great collection of regional art. When looking at the art, don't overlook the house details.

Thank James S
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Historically, the house was beautiful and safe from modern renovations. Gallerys were a bit lack luster but enjoyable

Thank Doug M
Reviewed 21 April 2017

This museum was on our list of attractions, and the visit was very enjoyable. A windy, misty day in April, not many tourists were out so we had had all the time we needed to see the exhibits and especially to study the house's interior....More

Thank SamAdams417
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I was totally surprised that Newport had an art museum of this caliber. I was very impressed with the combination of traditional and contemporary artwork. It also seems that there is a portion of the gallery that is ever changing so you might not see...More

Thank troyl280
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We were lucky that the juried art show was in progress because there is always some new, marvelous work to view. We were not disappointed. The pieces in both buildings were unique and a thrill to see. There are lovely sculptures in the garden as...More

Thank peggyvb
Reviewed 25 February 2017

here a place you can see local arist work. You get to choice which artist is the best people choice contest.

Thank James G
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Do yourself a favor and avoid giving your money to the people who run this place. Stay outside and appreciate the architecture, but rude and patronizing staff and management who sponsor programs unrelated to its mission (um, art?) is not the way I want my...More

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Agnes M
24 February 2015|
Response from jjbrown0058 |
Only the 2nd Thursday of the month from 5pm-8pm. Otherwise I believe it's $10 an adult.