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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 66 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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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Every illustrator of every old advertising placard, promotional piece, poster, or magazine cover you've ever loved is gorgeously displayed at the NMAI. The list is endless, and the works are excellent examples of each illustrator's talent. I went primarily to see the Leyendeckers, but the works by Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell were exciting to see as well. The exhibitions... More

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Westmont, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was worth visiting for the quantity of gorgeous art by the likes of Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish. We watched the movie prior to seeing the art; it was worth seeing for its helpful information that explained the meaning of illustration in this context and about the artists themselves, but having Whoopi Goldberg in it was a distraction for... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This house is not wheelchair accessible; husband got me in and the founder, Laurence Cutler offered me free admission. If you know you are visiting, they will put up a temporary ramp.(*Note to founders: you should advertise this fact on your website and in your other publications, and offer parking close to the entrance as the gravel is difficult to... More

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

What helps this mansion stand apart from the others (other than the wonderful collection of art) is the feeling that you're being welcomed into someone's home to share in an experience that the homeowners have a full appreciation for and hope to share with as many people as possible. Our guide Rachel was great and she was knowledgable about both... More

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15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Wonderful museum in the middle of Bellevue Ave. Great display of art in museum setting with explanations. So much to see and learn. Seemed like there was something for everyone.

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We brought our Japanese visitors to the museum. It was amazing and the art work transcended any language problems. Not only did they see a Newport Mansion but they also had an American History lesson through the art work. A truly unique experience. You could definitely go back again. There is just so much to see and enjoy and the... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

One of the most wonderful illustration art in the world. We where fortunate to have met the couple that has acquired the collection over the years and they gave a thoroughly informative and enjoyable guide tour! Anyone would go back just to spend some time with them. Such knowledge ! Wow! Angela K

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

First things first: this museum is in Vernon Court; something that is not at all obvious. I might have given it 5 stars if we had not had to walk a couple blocks up and down Bellevue to find it. The best thing about the museum is the illustration and the history of illustration explained. Be sure to watch the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

What a great way to spend an hour or two. Meander through the ballroom, conservatory and basement of this gorgeous old mansion and admire original Leyendecker, Rockwell, Gibson, etc...and helpful docents.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The National Museum of American Illustration is one of the finest collections of art my wife and I have seen, and we have visited the best New York and Paris have to offer. The works themselves are beautiful and accessible, and you find yourself marveling at the huge influence many of the pieces had on American culture. And, they are... More

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