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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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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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this was our favorite mansion. the art is stunning. i wanted to buy some paintings, but my wife stopped me- it would have been worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Waldwick, New Jersey

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Waldwick, New Jersey
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this was our favorite mansion. the art is stunning. i wanted to buy some paintings, but my wife stopped me- it would have been worth it.

Thank normaray
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you enjoy professionally run guided tours that aren't dominated by canned presentations or bored tour guides, then the NMAI's your cup of tea. Well done, memorable, enjoyable. As a designer/builder of a museum in Colorado, I know excellence when I see it. These folks are good. Your Newport experience won't be complete without a visit here. Great people, terrific... More 

1 Thank David T
Williamsburg, Virginia
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83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful little art museum in a beautiful Newport mansion. Many great paintings, studies, and magazine covers by America's great illustrators. It is a history of everyday America that we saw on the covers of Life, Look, Time and also in many books and advertisements. Well worth the time to visit. Nice gift shop and beautiful grounds. Free parking.

Thank J T
Greeley, CO
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By far the most outstanding tour of our trip, and one of the best ever. Jim was an excellent guide. Mansion is beautiful, and the immaculate condition reflects the presence of owners. Staff is professional, but welcoming. Art is priceless.

Thank 1Micke
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

A wonderful find in a gorgeous mansion! Definitely worth the trip to see beautiful works by Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and other legendary artists. Free parking makes it easy, and the docents are friendly and knowledgeable. We plan to visit it again on our next trip to Newport because there were so many wonderful pieces to see.

2 Thank JeannieMac729
Irvington, New York, United States
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Everything about this Museum is perfect, the historic mansion and gardens. Given the focus of the collection, one can see the best of American Illustration by all of the masters from Maxfield Parrish to Norman Rockwell. The visitor can also explore some of the lesser known illustrators. We were lucky enough to meet with Judy and Lawrence Cutler, and learn... More 

1 Thank Betty K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

This is a fabulous collection of Illustration Art in a beautiful mansion. There is a great deal to learn from the excellent guided tour and the original paintings by Norman Rockwell and many others, less well known, but just as gifted, are wonderful.

2 Thank rountreec
Quentin, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

They have limited hours on the off season, so check the website before your visit. I was totally thrilled to tour this mansion as I adore the work of Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post. I also have a new found respect for J.C. Leyendecker and Stevan Dohanis. There are so many fascinating artists represented here. This museum is... More 

1 Thank Marcy W
Middletown, Rhode Island
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75 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Shortly after I arrived I soon realized that I knew basically knew nothing about this medium. it was an amazing collection, well placed and the building it is housed in is a beautiful well maintained property. Their hours are very limited, so I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to see the collection.

Thank Eleanor02842
Greenwich, Connecticut
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54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I have to be honest, I had low expectations for this museum. When I bought a 2 for 1 Groupon deal for a museum on Museum Row in Newport I figured it might be a cheap way to check out one of the cool buildings, I did not expect to be blown away by the art. The illustrations are truly... More 

1 Thank LaurenR87

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