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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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Thu - Sun 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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Best Newport Museum By Far

If you have even the least bit of interest in the great American illustration artists, do not miss this museum. Judy and Laurence Cutler have created an amazing venue for seeing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

If you have even the least bit of interest in the great American illustration artists, do not miss this museum. Judy and Laurence Cutler have created an amazing venue for seeing a wealth of top-flight works of art in a classic setting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

An outstandingly beautiful (exterior & interior) 17th century French chateau houses/displays originals by Norman Rockwell, Maxifield Parrish, etc., which you can view at your own pace...an excellent video upon entry provides a very informative overview to both the art form and the collection....Tip: Members of the Newport Preservation Society gain FREE entry!

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New Bedford,MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Not only are the works of art great, but the venue is exceptional. Where else can you enjoy the art & the setting. Staff is very informative.

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Princeton, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I would give museum 5* except the three tiered paintings make it difficult to see top pieces of art due to inappropriate lighting. Beyond lighting issue, if you read illustrated books, remember magazine covers, other forms of advertisements, cartoons, and renowned illustrations this museum will not disappoint. Rockwell (of course), Parrish, Llydecker, and founding father Pyle. Perhaps Pyle's "Marooned Pirate"... More 

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Skippack, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We are a group of six friends that take a trip once a year. Our choice this year was Newport RI and especially the NMAI. The museum is gorgeous and the works by the most famous American Illustrators beautifully displayed, especially those of Maxfield Parrish, my favorite. This is a MUST SEE and experience the only Museum of its kind... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Our first visit to this welcoming museum was fantastic! Original works by illustrators including Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, and NC Wyeth and others are beautifully displayed within an architectural treasure in Newport, RI. We truly enjoyed our visit and plan to return. Highly recommended!

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Hudson Valley, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We do not typically go to art museums but wanted to see some of the well-known Norman Rockwell pieces. This museum exceeded expectations and has an impressive collection of art which you can see very close-up. I recommend that you go on the days they offer a tour (no extra charge) which I believe is only on Fridays. The tour... More 

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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

An impressive collection of illustrations from books, magazines and advertisements, including NC Wyeth and Norman Rockwell. Informative short film in the lobby, and the works are hung throughout the basement and first floor of the gorgeous house. One of the highlights of our time in Newport! Highly recommended.

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Belmont, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I was stunned to learn this museum has been open to the public for the past 15 years. It is housed in a gorgeous Newport mansion. Fabulous collection of American Illustrations, including Norman Rockwell and others. This museum will far exceed your expectations. The owners of this house have generously opened up their home and their extensive collection to the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is an extraordinary museum. The illustrators represented here, in an awe inspiring mansion setting, will exceed your highest expectations. Wyeth, Rockwell, Parrish and others are presented in an extraordinary way within the walls of a truly beautiful (and very large) home. You may think this would limit the exhibits due to limited space BUT you'd be wrong. The largest... More 

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Additional Information about National Museum of American Illustration

Address: Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +1 401-851-8949
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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