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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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Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is situated in Vernon...

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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We visited as Norman Rockwell's work was included in the museum's collection. We found a treasure beyond expectation. The docent guiding us through the museum was extremely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lake Placid, Florida

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Lake Placid, Florida
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited as Norman Rockwell's work was included in the museum's collection. We found a treasure beyond expectation. The docent guiding us through the museum was extremely knowledgeable regarding the works of numerous American illustrators. The unique nature of this art came to life as one walked through decades of illustration art. A HUGE added benefit was the opportunity to... More 

Thank dianel103
Greenville, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son and I went to see this Museum, which contains illustrated art (think for magazines, books, building interiors, for example Norman Rockwell). It is in a historic mansion in Newport, itself a beautiful site to see. This was a very nice museum, and there were only 8 of us on the tour.

Thank wkfinn
Hauppauge, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am not much of an art museum sort of person normally but I was intrigued about Illustration art and so my wife and I went there during our visit to Newport. It was well worth it and recommend it to anyone, especially if they are able to get there with a groupon for 2 as we did. The guide... More 

Thank mihilaw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've lived in RI my whole life and had never visited until now. What an amazing place and fantastic museum! Jim, our tour guide, gave an informative yet entertaining tour through the museum. Great look into American life in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century. Wonderful portrait of a uniquely American art genre.

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New England
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Want to see a furnished Newport mansion? Want to see a world-class museum? At the national museum of American Illustration you get the best of both. Limited winter hours. Fantastic tour.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

After seeing this collection, it will be my reason for returning to Newport. It's an incredible overview of American illustration including Maxfield Parrish - Charles Dana Gibson - Leyendecker - N.C. Wyeth - Rockwell - Dean Cornwell... many others. I was utterly blown away. I am deeply grateful to the museum's founders for collecting and preserving this artwork.

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Guilford, Connecticut
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We stumbled upon this museum and thoroughly enjoyed our visit there. We are fans of Norman Rockwell and were very interested to see his works as well as his predecessors in the field and his contemporaries. The museum building itself is worth the visit.

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Norwell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

In a magnificent mansion setting, this museum educates visitors on the rise of American art via illustrative mediums such as WWII posters, Harper's Bazaar and the Saturday Evening Post. Great way to learn about our heritage via modern mediums versus those used by European artists. The tour guide is gracious and intelligent. A guaranteed enjoyable experience.

Thank L N
Waldwick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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 

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