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

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 NEW

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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Charlestown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Today's visit to Newport was made extra-special by this museum. I've visited all of the town's mansions over the years; but this one will stay in my mind, beckoning my return. I thought the illustrations would be hung in a gallery setting; but no, they are in a gorgeous mansion which is an attraction in itself. The collection is rotated... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

PLEASE Note: anyone handicapped, mobility impaired or in a wheelchair - Although the museum's webpage does not mention this, it is a handicap-unfriendly building. Wasted 2&1/2 hours driving to what looked like an interesting museum. Unable to bring a wheelchair into the building. Asked if there was a bathroom accessible through the gift shop, but this too had a long... More

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Newpitor, Guest Relations Manager at National Museum of American Illustration, responded to this review

We were sorry to learn that your party was unable to be accomodated at the National Museum of American Illustration due to the fact that we are not fully handicapped accessible. In 1998, we prepared architectural plans for handicapped accessibility (Our Chairman, Laurence Cutler is an architect), but were unable to fund those renovations as the budget set aside for... More

Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We arranged a tour outside of the regular hours (which you can do) - and we lucked out having a special tour with the founders, Judy Goffman Cutler and Laurence Cutler. What a gorgeous, well-maintained historical building and grounds! And the marvelous collection of illustration artists (American imagists) is a delight to see, in interesting themed arrangements--beautiful large pieces by... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The entire experience was stunning. The National Museum of American Illustrators is housed in the timelessly elegant Newport Mansion Vernon Court, from the gilded age of architectural lore. Inside the museum owners and curators Judy and Laurence Cutler have exceptionally maintained the early 1900s design of the mansion interior, while masterfully comprising one of the most impressive collections of American... More

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Our entire family thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous art, the beautiful architecture of the mansion, and the friendly warm staff. We had the honor of meeting the owners and curators of this incredible museum, Mr. & Mrs. Cutler. The details make you feel like you are in their home and you are...Their warmth and hospitality demonstrated the caring attention and commitment... More

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My 12 year old son and I visited the National Museum of American Illustration when we were in Newport. The tour was incredible because we were fortunate enough to have the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Cutler, give us a private tour. We stumbled upon this opportunity when booking our tickets over the phone. During the tour, we learned so much... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A trip to Newport would not be complete without a visit to the National Museum of American Illustration. The idyllic estate setting houses a stellar collection of American Illustration Art by Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, N.C Wyeth, Howard Pyle and other notable artists who define authentic American character and capture our nation's reactions to world events and life's poignant moments.... More

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