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National Museum of American Illustration

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Address: Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +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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Wonderful exhibit in a beautiful setting!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 April 2015
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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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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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2014

My wife and I have been trying to visit this museum for years but always found it to be closed.The hours have since changed and it's more accessible. It was worth the wait. The building alone is worth the price of admission and the collection is simply the best example of the illustrator's art in one place I've ever seen.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2014

I missed this museum a few years ago while in Newport, but it topped my list this time. My daughter and I toured this beautiful Illustration museum. It was incredible! Housed in a Newport mansion, the architecture was a thrill to study. The illustrations were gallery-quality originals of Maxfield Parrish, JC Leyendecker, Rockwell and more. It was a self guided... More 

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Festus, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2014

We toured the museum on Wednesday October 8th ,2014. The Museum structure itself is a masterpiece. . .full of exquisite masterpieces. . .very tastefully displayed. Lawrence Culter lead our tour and could not have been more imformative about the work and the artist. It was an experience that my wife and I will always remeber and treasure!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2014

We spent a few days in Newport and the highlight of our trip was the National Museum Of American Illustration. The paintings were displayed in a beautifully decorated mansion.We enjoyed the interesting and informative tour. Laurence and Judy Cutler, the owners were very gracious . A visit to this museum should be a must if you enjoy beautiful art in... More 

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