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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 #10 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

As you enter the grounds of this impeccably and tastefully restored turn of the century mansion you know you are in for a treat. Inside in the myriad of beautiful rooms is the collection of Judy Goffman Cutler and Laurence Cutler's American Illustration Art. I believe there is no more complete collection of these artists to be seen, Wyeth.Parrish,Rockwell, Leyendecker... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We discovered American Illustrative Art very recently when we bought some pieces as part of a house purchase. The pieces had been sourced from Judy and Lawrence Cutler which led us to meet them and visit the Museum at Vernon Court which is a magnificent setting for this art collection. We were amazed at the size and depth of this... More

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Take an afternoon to saunter through this beautiful mansion while perusing the hosts stunning collection of American illustration. It is well worth your time. Check the hours before you go as they are limited. Rockwell, Wyeth, Leyendecker and Parrish are on exhibit. There are guided tours or you can browse on your own time. Enjoy American History through illustration in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We liked the illustration very much, they are so much fun to look at closely and discover minute details. Everything is top notch. The only disappointment was that they do not let people step into the beautiful garden. If this is museum for the public who this garden is for?

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This museum is small. It's decor is equal to the other mansions of Newport. We were fortuante to view Norman Rockwell's pieces along with other illustrators who were equally talented. The history behind the beloved Rockwell and his peers was enlightening. Whoopi Goldberg is a collector of this art and discusses it on the brief video which plays before you... More

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New Jersey, U.S.A.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

An impressive collection of American illustration featuring original work from Rockwell, Parrish, Wyeth, and Leyendecker. Check before going, limited hours and days. Docents were helpful but their knowledge of the illustration and publishing process could be better.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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