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National Museum of American Illustration

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Address: Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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+1 401-851-8949
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Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is situated in Vernon...

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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Will Exceed Your Best Expectations!

This is an extraordinary museum. The illustrators represented here, in an awe inspiring mansion setting, will exceed your highest expectations. Wyeth, Rockwell, Parrish and others... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 June 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2015

This is an extraordinary museum. The illustrators represented here, in an awe inspiring mansion setting, will exceed your highest expectations. Wyeth, Rockwell, Parrish and others are presented in an extraordinary way within the walls of a truly beautiful (and very large) home. You may think this would limit the exhibits due to limited space BUT you'd be wrong. The largest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2015

Outstanding collection from the Golden Age of American Illustration, and beyond. Knowledgable and fun docents. And it's housed in a mansion on Bellevue Ave. the only complaint I could possibly have is that the artwork was hung too high for us short people. Had a stiff neck later, but I was there for three hours. Yes, I loved it.

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New Canaan, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015

This museum, housed at Vernon Court, is a don't miss. The opening hours are limited, but the collection of American illustrations will amaze you.Tickets aren't cheap but well worth it.

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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015

My sisters and I went and were charmed by the small, but fine collection. The Norman Rockwells alone are worth the price of admission illustrating just how charming and funny life can be. Loved the dreamy fantasy of the Maxfield Parrish pieces against the rugged, stalwart forms from NC Wyeth. A must see when in Newport.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

Loved seeing all these wonderful art pieces in one place. Our docent was very thorough and enthusiastic. If I make it to Newport again, I'll return to spend more time exploring my favorite pieces!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015

I took my out-of-town relatives here on a rainy day and what fun to meander through the beautiful rooms and look at some of the best of American illustration art. Makes you feel calm and happy. Perfect stop on one of America's most amazing streets--Bellevue Avenue, Newport!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2015

I'm a local Rhode Islander and never knew about this. What an amazing place...I saw great art, in a casual setting, there was a FANTASTIC amount of Maxfield Parrish, (my fav) and the staff was great. So friendly, knowledgable! You can get within a few inches of some of the most popular and recognizable illiustration art...amazing artists, Rockwell and so... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2015

We were a group of 30 or so that had signed on to a tour of the museum. The gracious owner, Laurence S. Cutler, who added personal color associated with his wife’s collection of illustrative art, guided us through the museum. However, a self-guided tour is also quite informative and worthwhile. Highlights of their vast collection include works by Maxfield... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2015

This museum really stands out among all the rest. It is a beautiful mansion, like many others in Newport, but it is also filled with an amazing collection of beautiful art and illustration works. On top of that, they give guided tours that include the background of the works they display on the main floor, as well as the many... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

The focus of this museum is original art that was used to illustrate books, magazine covers and ads. The work is by the best illustrators of the day. The museum has the second largest collection of Norman Rockwell, works by Maxwell Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, J.C. Leyendecker to name a few. The art is housed in Vernon Court, a gilded age... More 

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