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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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Thu - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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A true gem! Fabulous American treasures!

Our first visit to this welcoming museum was fantastic! Original works by illustrators including Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, and NC Wyeth and others are beautifully... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Our first visit to this welcoming museum was fantastic! Original works by illustrators including Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, and NC Wyeth and others are beautifully displayed within an architectural treasure in Newport, RI. We truly enjoyed our visit and plan to return. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We do not typically go to art museums but wanted to see some of the well-known Norman Rockwell pieces. This museum exceeded expectations and has an impressive collection of art which you can see very close-up. I recommend that you go on the days they offer a tour (no extra charge) which I believe is only on Fridays. The tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

An impressive collection of illustrations from books, magazines and advertisements, including NC Wyeth and Norman Rockwell. Informative short film in the lobby, and the works are hung throughout the basement and first floor of the gorgeous house. One of the highlights of our time in Newport! Highly recommended.

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Belmont, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I was stunned to learn this museum has been open to the public for the past 15 years. It is housed in a gorgeous Newport mansion. Fabulous collection of American Illustrations, including Norman Rockwell and others. This museum will far exceed your expectations. The owners of this house have generously opened up their home and their extensive collection to the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 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 stars Reviewed May 26, 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 stars Reviewed April 17, 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 stars Reviewed April 13, 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 stars Reviewed April 7, 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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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 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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Additional Information about National Museum of American Illustration

Address: Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +1 401-851-8949
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 18 - 18

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