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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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a must see while in Newport

A very beautiful mansion on Bellevue Avenue filled with American Illustrators and their works. Met the owners who are extremely interesting and they take such pride in their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Philadelphia, PA
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We spotted this museum while cruising Bellevue Avenue and the added bonus was the Norman Rockwell Exhibition was on. The museum and architecture is stunning. The exhibition was smaller than I expected and only included the downstairs. I would have liked to see upstairs too. But nevertheless I enjoyed it very much. Sadly photos weren't allowed.

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

NMAI is a must-visit for anyone interested in how America's image, circa 1930-1960, was shaped by the images of popular culture. Magazine covers and advertising images were hand drawn and painted on canvas back then-- by Norman Rockwell and his mentors-- as colonies of illustrators sprung up in New Rochelle, NY and Arlington, VT. included in the collection are turn-of-century... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You get to walk through parts of a gorgeous house and view the art of many American illustrators. The tour begins with a 10 minute film introducing you to the museum but I feel that an audio tour would have enhanced the experience. I would like to have learned something about the house, also. I don't own an iphone so... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very beautiful mansion on Bellevue Avenue filled with American Illustrators and their works. Met the owners who are extremely interesting and they take such pride in their collection. It is an art museum of illustrations that include Norman Rockwell and NC Wyeth to name a few.

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New England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Museum of American Illustration is located on Bellevue Ave. in the mansion district. It turns out to be a "2-fer" because it is a beautiful mansion (and grounds) as well as an excellent museum. They have an extensive collection of original illustrations - paintings used for illustrating magazines and books. The current exhibit focuses on Norman Rockwell and... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a museum of illustration - that is, artists like Norman Rockwell, NC Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish. In addition to an enormous number of items on display, the house and gardens are really beautiful as well. This is a fun addition to the other mansions and art in Newport. As well, the current special exhibit "Behind the Wall" is... More 

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Escaping from the hustle and bustle of Newport on a Saturday in the summer, we were unexpectedly delighted with the huge collection of illustrations on display in an absolutely beautiful mansion on Bellevue Ave. Start your tour of the Museum with the ten minute video which gives you a brief history of the mansion and the collection. This venue is... More 

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Belmont, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of our planned visits on a recent trip. I was interested in seeing the Rockwell Collection they had on display. The building and displays of Rockwell and others was immense and diverse. You could really spend a couple of days there leisurely looking at all the material. This is a definitely recommend venue.

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Mapleville, RI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have lived in RI all our lives and never knew this museum existed. Awesome display of collections from the great American Illustrators. A great way to tell the story of America traditions and history. Staff was very welcoming and informed. The house and interior was beautifully decorated and maintained!! Overall we were so happy we chose to tour this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I decided to visit the NMAI today after reading some reviews last night and I'm happy I did! A great collection, housed in an immaculately maintained mansion/estate. Highly recommend going there and taking your time throughout the rooms. The staff was nice and friendly as well. Top notch!

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