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National Museum of American Illustration

Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-851-8949
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Great Tour!

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Charlie, highly recommend spending some time exploring a different... read more

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Claufers
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New Hampshire
This could not have been better

I can only echo so many of the other reviews -- meeting the Cutlers made this an even more... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
jlmjlm
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Cleveland, Ohio
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The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is situated in Vernon Court, a Gilded Age mansion (1898). Vernon Court is on the Natl. Register of Historic Places with interiors inspired by the palace at Versailles. The NMAI focuses on original illustration artworks created to be reproduced in books, periodicals, advertising and in other print media. Featured artists include: Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, JC Leyendecker, Jessie Willcox Smith, NC Wyeth and 150 others. Free parking for museum visitors is available in our lot located on Victoria Avenue.
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Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Reviewed yesterday

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Charlie, highly recommend spending some time exploring a different piece of American history.

Thank Claufers
Reviewed 2 days ago

I can only echo so many of the other reviews -- meeting the Cutlers made this an even more incredible experience, but the art on display is remarkable as well. I thought I was pretty familiar with Rockwell, but some of the best Rockwells I've...More

Thank jlmjlm
Reviewed 1 week ago

Initially, we were greeted by the owners, the Cutlers, who amassed this beautiful collection over the last several decades. The story of its acquisition is worth the stop, but James, our tour guide, filled in additional details as we progressed throughout the collection. The stories...More

Thank KittyF309
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the highlights of our trip to Newport was our visit to the National Museum of American Illustration. Located amongst the mansions on Bellvue Ave., Vernon Court is a private residence that houses this unique and wonderful museum. The beautiful home and the art...More

Thank Laurie R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this jewel of a museum on October 2nd with 5 friends who have all traveled the world. Not only is this museum tops in Newport, it can hold its own with those in most major cities. The mansion is a French style chateau that...More

1  Thank Bostonsummertraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All were impressed with the quality of the museum, the knowledge of the guide and the extent of the collection of American illustration all in one beautiful setting. A truly rare art experience

Thank ssfellman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Judy and Lawrence Cutler have created a magnificent venue to view a fabulous collection of American illustrators. Everything about this mansion is perfect and the audio tour that took us through the impressive Vernon Court Mansion was delightful. My mom and I took a mother...More

Thank Shawn G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not everyone in town is aware of its location - next to The Breakers at Ruggles Ave. A fantastic find with an extremely knowledgeable guide at a 3pm Friday tour. Worth waiting for his expertise. A lot of background stories are shared to explain the...More

Thank Arlene B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Norman Rockwell's iconic images of American life shown in his Saturday Evening Post covers become the images we conjure up of everyday scenes like a farmer father sending his young son to college or a family gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Learn more about how...More

Thank Betulaceae
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a big fan of museums - but the American Illustration Museum - despite its off-putting name - is a real gem. Hosting original Rockwell paintings and posters as well as those of many of his contemporaries, the museum is housed in a French-...More

Thank Dabarton
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Michael C
6 July 2017|
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Response from Barbara M | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Easy access to parking
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Joe F
8 February 2017|
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Response from Newpitor | Property representative |
Photography is not permitted inside the NMAI. Photography of the mansion exterior and the arboretum is allowed.
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Cinnamoncyndi
24 April 2015|
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As a historic property, the NMAI is unfortunately not fully handicapped accessible. There are several stairs to enter the Museum, and a flight of stairs to reach the lower level which houses our restrooms, gift shop, and... More
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