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National Museum of American Illustration

Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-851-8949
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Ranked #9 of 67 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Because I love illustration, particularly of the golden age of it when Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockewell and J. C. Leyendecker were creating the beautiful images that graced the covers of magazines and filled the pages of story books as well as fabulous advertisements, I was excited to visit the museum. Unfortunately it disappointed. The rooms are filled with wonderful original... More

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atlanta, georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is truly an exceptional opportunity to see an outstanding collection of dozens works by many of Americas most special artists -- Rockwell, Parrish, Wyeth, Pyle and many more. The guided tour and the handsome mansion and display of these works is and added treat. If you like American art and get anywhere near fascinating Newport, RI, give yourself a... More

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The home itself is quite beautiful. Upon arriving we were greeted by a friendly young lady who explained the lay out of the museum. A tour had started and she offered for us to join them or we could watch a quick movie, which is what we chose. It was very interesting. There are numerous Rockwell paintings (which is what... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I am not much of an art admirer, but this is a nice place and you will find many familiar pieces here. We arrived late in the afternoon, about an hour before close, and were assured we could see everything in 40 minutes or so, and that was accurate.

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New York City, New York
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198 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

As you enter the grounds of this impeccably and tastefully restored turn of the century mansion you know you are in for a treat. Inside in the myriad of beautiful rooms is the collection of Judy Goffman Cutler and Laurence Cutler's American Illustration Art. I believe there is no more complete collection of these artists to be seen, Wyeth.Parrish,Rockwell, Leyendecker... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We discovered American Illustrative Art very recently when we bought some pieces as part of a house purchase. The pieces had been sourced from Judy and Lawrence Cutler which led us to meet them and visit the Museum at Vernon Court which is a magnificent setting for this art collection. We were amazed at the size and depth of this... More

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Take an afternoon to saunter through this beautiful mansion while perusing the hosts stunning collection of American illustration. It is well worth your time. Check the hours before you go as they are limited. Rockwell, Wyeth, Leyendecker and Parrish are on exhibit. There are guided tours or you can browse on your own time. Enjoy American History through illustration in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We liked the illustration very much, they are so much fun to look at closely and discover minute details. Everything is top notch. The only disappointment was that they do not let people step into the beautiful garden. If this is museum for the public who this garden is for?

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This museum is small. It's decor is equal to the other mansions of Newport. We were fortuante to view Norman Rockwell's pieces along with other illustrators who were equally talented. The history behind the beloved Rockwell and his peers was enlightening. Whoopi Goldberg is a collector of this art and discusses it on the brief video which plays before you... More

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New Jersey, U.S.A.
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

An impressive collection of American illustration featuring original work from Rockwell, Parrish, Wyeth, and Leyendecker. Check before going, limited hours and days. Docents were helpful but their knowledge of the illustration and publishing process could be better.

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