Artistic paintings reflect the view of the artist, but an art illustration goes way beyond that and reflects on the history and the culture of its time. As such, the beautiful works on display in this museum can teach us a great deal about America, but the museum makes little effort to share this with us! Unless you have studies art history (which I should have, but did not) you just have to guess at all that these works could tell us! I suggest that those responsible for bringing these invaluable works to the public to create an informative audio guide to teach us (interested) plebeians all the culture and history that goes with these works of art! Still, a must see, and in my mind, the best of Newport.
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July 7, 2013
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your NMAI visit! Because our exhibitions change frequently, and we currently have three different exhibitions installed simultaneously, it is difficult to maintain audio tours. However, we do offer a guided tour every Friday year-round at 3pm included with a General Admissions ticket. The Guided Tour offers an inside look into the lives of the illustrators as well as stories behind their illustrations and how these paintings, in many ways, molded our culture into what it is today. We hope you return to experience our Guided Tour, we believe it offers exactly what you are seeking! We also offer Guided Tours at other times by appointment, for groups of 6 or more. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you for your kind words and helpful feedback!
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