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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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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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Unique collection in a stately mansion

Fascinating historical collections of American illustrators including Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and many others. A less well known museum, well worth your time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I would love to have seen this museum. Unfortunately, the museum seems to keep rather sporadic hours. On days when they are going to be open, they put a green “open” flag out front. We were not fortunate enough to see the green flag wave while we were in town. Maybe if you live in Newport this system seems rather... More 

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Delmar, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Fascinating historical collections of American illustrators including Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and many others. A less well known museum, well worth your time. Knowledgeable and helpful staff. Children under age 4 not permitted. Probably wouldn't interest young children anyway.

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saratoga springs NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Works by N C Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Leyendecker etc. On 2 floors plus great gift shop, historic mansion.

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Southern New England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This was very interesting. There is a very good representation of illustrators and the mansion is very nice as well. It is as others have said very crowded on the walls with a very cluttered presentation of art. However, it does have a very good mix of illustration art and if you are interested in this it is a very... More 

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virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This museum has an excellent representation of either original art or posters from all our favorite illustrators, and housed in a magnificent smaller mansion. Don't miss the basement level additional museum. Restrooms are in the basement in the corner of the giftshop. You will relive not only the history of America, but the history of our families and events. Glad... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My husband and I visited the museum, and it was a great experience. The collection of classic American illustration is large. Don't miss the downstairs exhibition. We waited for the tree o'clock tour and found it informative and fun. Certainly worth visiting if you like art, and are interested in illustration.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very interesting take on illustrators not necessarily being acknowledged as artists before this museum undertaking. Very well done in a beautiful setting. Worth the $18 admission fee in my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great collection of illustrations in a beautiful mansion. Recommend watching the movie before you look around. It is short but informative. Don't miss the artwork in in basement- you have to go outside and down the stairs but we really loved several of the pieces down there.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

this is a beautiful museum. do not miss it. i will male a return visit an look forward to attending events in this venue should it be offered.

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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Great works by Maxwell Parrish, Norman Rockwell, etc nicely displayed in a mansion that includes frescoes in the same style. Currating is great. Rooms are very impressive. Think about going here first, then leave your car in the lot and walk to the Cliff Walk.

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