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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 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Wonderful museum in the middle of Bellevue Ave. Great display of art in museum setting with explanations. So much to see and learn. Seemed like there was something for everyone.

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We brought our Japanese visitors to the museum. It was amazing and the art work transcended any language problems. Not only did they see a Newport Mansion but they also had an American History lesson through the art work. A truly unique experience. You could definitely go back again. There is just so much to see and enjoy and the... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

One of the most wonderful illustration art in the world. We where fortunate to have met the couple that has acquired the collection over the years and they gave a thoroughly informative and enjoyable guide tour! Anyone would go back just to spend some time with them. Such knowledge ! Wow! Angela K

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

First things first: this museum is in Vernon Court; something that is not at all obvious. I might have given it 5 stars if we had not had to walk a couple blocks up and down Bellevue to find it. The best thing about the museum is the illustration and the history of illustration explained. Be sure to watch the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

What a great way to spend an hour or two. Meander through the ballroom, conservatory and basement of this gorgeous old mansion and admire original Leyendecker, Rockwell, Gibson, etc...and helpful docents.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The National Museum of American Illustration is one of the finest collections of art my wife and I have seen, and we have visited the best New York and Paris have to offer. The works themselves are beautiful and accessible, and you find yourself marveling at the huge influence many of the pieces had on American culture. And, they are... More

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Charlestown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Today's visit to Newport was made extra-special by this museum. I've visited all of the town's mansions over the years; but this one will stay in my mind, beckoning my return. I thought the illustrations would be hung in a gallery setting; but no, they are in a gorgeous mansion which is an attraction in itself. The collection is rotated... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

PLEASE Note: anyone handicapped, mobility impaired or in a wheelchair - Although the museum's webpage does not mention this, it is a handicap-unfriendly building. Wasted 2&1/2 hours driving to what looked like an interesting museum. Unable to bring a wheelchair into the building. Asked if there was a bathroom accessible through the gift shop, but this too had a long... More

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Newpitor, Guest Relations Manager at National Museum of American Illustration, responded to this review

We were sorry to learn that your party was unable to be accomodated at the National Museum of American Illustration due to the fact that we are not fully handicapped accessible. In 1998, we prepared architectural plans for handicapped accessibility (Our Chairman, Laurence Cutler is an architect), but were unable to fund those renovations as the budget set aside for... More

Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We arranged a tour outside of the regular hours (which you can do) - and we lucked out having a special tour with the founders, Judy Goffman Cutler and Laurence Cutler. What a gorgeous, well-maintained historical building and grounds! And the marvelous collection of illustration artists (American imagists) is a delight to see, in interesting themed arrangements--beautiful large pieces by... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The entire experience was stunning. The National Museum of American Illustrators is housed in the timelessly elegant Newport Mansion Vernon Court, from the gilded age of architectural lore. Inside the museum owners and curators Judy and Laurence Cutler have exceptionally maintained the early 1900s design of the mansion interior, while masterfully comprising one of the most impressive collections of American... More

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