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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 #8 of 66 attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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101 reviews 101 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

My boyfriend and I lucked into doing the Groupon for the National Museum of American Illustration which was what caught our attention but we are so glad we visited! The mansion itself is extremely beautiful and well maintained, as are the beautiful grounds. The actual illustration collection is expansive and beautiful. You could spend a great amount of time in... More

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We spent a few days in Newport, and this was the highlight of the trip for me. It's a great collection of American illustrators of a certain era--that of Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth, Leyendecker, and some other Pyle-taught folks. We spent several hours wandering around and taking in the artwork, many of which I've never seen before. Lighting... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

My husband stumbled across this museum by way of a website search for American Illustrators. He paid a visit in the summer of 2013 and was so inspired and in awe of the Cutler's collection, that he had myself and our nine year old daughter come back and visit this week. The collection is so beautiful. We had a wonderful... More

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Sayre, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

You may come for the mansions or the ocean, but take time to visit this fantastic museum housing the best American illustrators of our time. Walk among original paintings, displayed beautifully in a restored Newport mansion. View the greatest and largest collection of Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Leyendecker, Wyeth, and others. This museum has the original 18 panels (over 10ft... More

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Redding, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This museum is by far the best bang for your money if you are interested in seeing world class illustrations amidst one of the most beautiful mansions in Newport. It is filled with illustrations of Maxfield Parrish, N. C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell and others. When you enter, you are treated to a short film about illustration art and... More

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Middleton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We had heard of this museum a few years back but had no idea of the scope of art work this place had on exhibit. First of all, the mansion housing these works is very lovely in and of itself. But the arrangement of the artwork amongst the lovely interior was just stunning. Most memorable was the Parrish murals in... More

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

What a wonderful museum and it's taken me years to get to see it as it was always closed when I was in Newport. This time we made it and it was well worth the visit. Maxfield Parish painting were on exhibit blended with some Norman Rockwell's and N.C. Wyeth's. These are privately collected as is the museum itself. The... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Visiting Newport in early October, we chanced upon an advertisement for the museum at the visitors' center. But, after Columbus Day it is only open on Fridays and, sad to say, though there is supposed to be one guided tour a week on Fridays, the web site stated that there were to be none until further notice. We did ascertain... More

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Cruso, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Like most seasoned travelers I have seen dozens of art museums. This one is different in that it highlights commercial art of the 20th century (mostly). Having lived near the Delaware (Pyle) and Brandywine River (Wyeth) Museums this one was especially interesting as it helped put their work into context.

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Salado, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Winston F. My wife and I visited the Museum of American Illustration last week and were overwhelmed by what we saw. A veritable wealth of Illustrator treasures and a unique insight to our American Heritage. We rank the Museum at the top of all attractions to visit in Newport. A special thanks to Jill P. who manages the gift shop.... More

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