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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 62 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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.
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southold
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

My wife and I have been trying to visit this museum for years but always found it to be closed.The hours have since changed and it's more accessible. It was worth the wait. The building alone is worth the price of admission and the collection is simply the best example of the illustrator's art in one place I've ever seen.... More

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Galveston Island, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I missed this museum a few years ago while in Newport, but it topped my list this time. My daughter and I toured this beautiful Illustration museum. It was incredible! Housed in a Newport mansion, the architecture was a thrill to study. The illustrations were gallery-quality originals of Maxfield Parrish, JC Leyendecker, Rockwell and more. It was a self guided... More

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Festus, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We toured the museum on Wednesday October 8th ,2014. The Museum structure itself is a masterpiece. . .full of exquisite masterpieces. . .very tastefully displayed. Lawrence Culter lead our tour and could not have been more imformative about the work and the artist. It was an experience that my wife and I will always remeber and treasure!

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mountain lakes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We spent a few days in Newport and the highlight of our trip was the National Museum Of American Illustration. The paintings were displayed in a beautifully decorated mansion.We enjoyed the interesting and informative tour. Laurence and Judy Cutler, the owners were very gracious . A visit to this museum should be a must if you enjoy beautiful art in... More

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Narberth, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Spent a week end in Newport and visited the National Museum of American Illustration. It was housed in a magnificent mansion in perfect taste. The collection of Illustrations and paintings by Norman Rockwell, Maxwell Parrish, etc. were carefully selected and hung in an informative way. How great for a current collector to share their collection with the public!!

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Whitestone, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

NMAI was the first attraction we visited on our trip to Newport. I was excited to visit after reading the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. I had never heard of Maxfield Parrish before, but as soon as I saw his paintings, I realized that he illustrated books that I had read as a child. I loved his illustrations almost as much... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This museum is full of interesting illustrations and information about the artists and events that inspired them. Fun and educational for children and adults set in a beautifully restored Newport Mansion with a beautiful park with ample parking.

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

My wife and I visited the NMAI during the month of October 2014. We had the pleasure of having Laurence Cutler as our docent. Mr. Cutler had as much to say about the mansion in which NMAI is housed as the collections inside. He was quite informative and knowledgeable about both the architecture and art housed inside! NMAI has the... More

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We had the pleasure to visit and meet the founders of the museum Laurence and Judy Cutler. The Cutler's were true professionals, extremely welcoming and went out of their way for us to have an unforgettable visit at NMAI. The property is superb both inside and out. The grounds are amazing and the interior and artwork are equally impressive. The... More

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Narragansett, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Had the opportunity to tour the grounds and inside the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport. I was extremely pleased with all aspects of the grounds and the collection of works the Cutlers have amassed throughout the years. I have been a life long Rhode Island resident and did not know this gem was in my backyard. If you... More

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