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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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A moderately sized but comprehensive collection of American illustration art.

This was our second visit, but that visit was several years ago. The setting of the museum is a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jack M
Excellent Collection in an Elegant Mansion

I loved this museum. We went on the tour and learned so much about the collection and the artists... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mary H
Boston, Massachusetts
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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
+1 401-851-8949
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our second visit, but that visit was several years ago. The setting of the museum is a Newport Mansion (Vernon Court) so many of the works were by Parrish, Pyle, Gibson, etc. who were most active and popular in the Gilded Age. However,...More

Thank Jack M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this museum. We went on the tour and learned so much about the collection and the artists. If you've never thought of illustrations as "art," then this is the place for you. One interesting question to ponder while you're there: Did these artists...More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although there are many "mansions" to visit in Newport, Vernon Court contains something special. A world-class collection of the works of the major illustrators of the 20th century. The National Museum of American Illustration provides the unique opportunity to see and learn about an art...More

Thank EricPK
Reviewed 29 December 2017

I went with my family to the American Illustration Museum and we had a great time. We learned about several artists and eras. I am not really an art person, but this is art I can understand. Our tour guide was fantastic and the staff...More

Thank wolfguy19
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Both Vernon Court, the private residence where artwork is displayed, and well as the collection of American illustrations were fabulous. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our audio tour; we loved learning about the works of Norman Rockwell, Parrish and many other illustrators. What made...More

Thank Seasontraveler10
Reviewed 2 December 2017

We have visited twice and took the guided tour both times. Both guides were excellent and very informative. For me, this art brings back memories of reading books illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and others of the genre. Even if you don't have that...More

Thank Fred D
Reviewed 13 November 2017

...and it can be found in Newport, Rhode Island. In a setting almost impossible to imagine, the greatest illustrators are showcased in a golden age environment that seems as if it were created just for them. I naively thought I would be seeing framed prints...More

Thank queentut1
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We enjoyed the lengthy in-depth tour very much, and were very glad to have the numerous insights into Howard Pyle, NC Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish and others. My recommendation is to make sure that you arrive before the tour and give yourself a generous amount of...More

Thank CollageChick
Reviewed 23 October 2017

The National Museum of American Illustration is amazing, from the mansion that holds it, the outdoor water effects and gardens and the great staff. The art inside is something you may never see again. You must stop if you are in Newport. The hours were...More

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 17 October 2017

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

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Michael C
6 July 2017|
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Response from Brandon S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, across the street from the mansion
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.
24 April 2015|
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Response from Newpitor | Property representative |
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