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National Museum of American Illustration

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Address: Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-851-8949
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Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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This museum, housed at Vernon Court, is a don't miss. The opening hours are limited, but the collection of American illustrations will amaze you.Tickets aren't cheap but well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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New Canaan, Connecticut, United States
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New Canaan, Connecticut, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This museum, housed at Vernon Court, is a don't miss. The opening hours are limited, but the collection of American illustrations will amaze you.Tickets aren't cheap but well worth it.

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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My sisters and I went and were charmed by the small, but fine collection. The Norman Rockwells alone are worth the price of admission illustrating just how charming and funny life can be. Loved the dreamy fantasy of the Maxfield Parrish pieces against the rugged, stalwart forms from NC Wyeth. A must see when in Newport.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Loved seeing all these wonderful art pieces in one place. Our docent was very thorough and enthusiastic. If I make it to Newport again, I'll return to spend more time exploring my favorite pieces!

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Rhode Island
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I took my out-of-town relatives here on a rainy day and what fun to meander through the beautiful rooms and look at some of the best of American illustration art. Makes you feel calm and happy. Perfect stop on one of America's most amazing streets--Bellevue Avenue, Newport!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I'm a local Rhode Islander and never knew about this. What an amazing place...I saw great art, in a casual setting, there was a FANTASTIC amount of Maxfield Parrish, (my fav) and the staff was great. So friendly, knowledgable! You can get within a few inches of some of the most popular and recognizable illiustration art...amazing artists, Rockwell and so... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We were a group of 30 or so that had signed on to a tour of the museum. The gracious owner, Laurence S. Cutler, who added personal color associated with his wife’s collection of illustrative art, guided us through the museum. However, a self-guided tour is also quite informative and worthwhile. Highlights of their vast collection include works by Maxfield... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This museum really stands out among all the rest. It is a beautiful mansion, like many others in Newport, but it is also filled with an amazing collection of beautiful art and illustration works. On top of that, they give guided tours that include the background of the works they display on the main floor, as well as the many... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The focus of this museum is original art that was used to illustrate books, magazine covers and ads. The work is by the best illustrators of the day. The museum has the second largest collection of Norman Rockwell, works by Maxwell Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, J.C. Leyendecker to name a few. The art is housed in Vernon Court, a gilded age... More 

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southold
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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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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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