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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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Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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"Great Tour of Beautiful Museum"

We just completed the tour of the museum and enjoyed the Norman Rockwell illustrations along with many other exhibits. The museum is very well done in a beautiful mansion. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We just completed the tour of the museum and enjoyed the Norman Rockwell illustrations along with many other exhibits. The museum is very well done in a beautiful mansion. The illustrations were presented in a logical manner. Our tour guide, Jim, was outstanding and provided significant information about the various illustrations and background data. Free parking next door to the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to this museum because of TA reviews that had it listed as #6 of things to do in Newport. Unfortunately we had planned it for Tues but at last minute saw it is only open Thurs to Sun. Check days and hours well in advance. We finished in about 45 mins going at an average pace. At $18 admission... More 

Thank Michele D
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum is a treasure. Though not large, it has a very good sampling of illustrative art. It occupies the first floor and basement of a beautiful house and there is parking on site. There is an introductory film and very good signage to explain the significance of this type of art. I especially enjoyed the Rockwells and the statues... More 

Thank KKfromPA
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very nicely maintained mansion on Bellevue. Drawings from Saturday Evening Post and other 19th century publications. Nice peak inside a mansion. Very interesting history of American Illustrators

Thank jonathani127
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like Andrew Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, or any of the early 20th century illustrators, this is a must see. The collections are fantastic and they are displayed in one of the most beautiful mansions in Newport.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Given that both of my daughters are professional artists (one a painter, one an illustrator), and given that we have a family vacation in Narraganset & Newport every year, it's amazing that it took us this long to discover and visit this gem of an attraction. Contained within a smaller mansion on the corner of Bellevue Avenue, this museum has... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very enjoyable art museum dedicated to tracing the history of illustration. Representations of all of the major artists of the Golden Age of Illustration in a beautiful old home. Knowledgeable docents to answer any questions.

Thank Callinan
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent an hour and a half at this mansion turned museum. It houses a terrific collection of Norman Rockwell and Mayfield Parrish paintings. Our tour guide kept us moving recounting lots of interesting stories and facts that made the experience very enjoyable. It was a great way to get out of the midday heat and added to art history... More 

Thank pajpaj
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never hearing of this until I found on a Groupon last evening - we decided to venture down to Newport, RI on this sweltering day to check it out - we have admired Norman Rockwell for years and knew we would enjoy this - we had no idea how much we would actually enjoy this! It starts at the rear... More 

Thank mainegirl3
Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a must see! Such a great collection of American Illustrators on both floors. Everyone was super nice and very accommodating. My friend was in a wheel chair and we no problem getting up the 3 small stairs (around back) and could comfortably move around inside. I've been to many museums in Amsterdam, France and England and this... More 

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