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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
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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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I wanted to say that I feel this museum is a great place to view an extensive collection of various Illustrators that have made a huge contribution to the art world and our lives... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Newport, Rhode Island
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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wanted to say that I feel this museum is a great place to view an extensive collection of various Illustrators that have made a huge contribution to the art world and our lives through the ages. What a great place and opportunity to learn about our past in this country and the artists that gave so much of themselves... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were privileged to have the founders, Larry and Judy Cutler lead our tour. They were a riot and so passionate about the art, we ran out of time and had to run through the rooms too quickly. We will go back to spend more time admiring the building and the Rockwells, Parrishes, and Leyerdeckers that crowd the walls.

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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bottom Line: Wonderful collection of pieces in a beautiful mansion. Details: We visited here in the Fall after driving by many times. What a nice surprise! Came to see the Rockwell pieces and discovered a new artist....Leyendecker. He has become one of my favorite illustrators thanks to this museum. Will definitely be back for another visit soon!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

That opens its home and grounds for others to enjoy their works of art including illustrations from American artists like Norman Rockwell. It was a peaceful visit, not lots of tourists. You can linger outside once you have seen the inside. Very pleasant experience.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great art, BUT... I understand its 5 star rating because the art deserves it, and the setting is beautiful too. But museums aren't only about the quality of the works displayed, they're also about the experience. Just like a modest museum can be very enjoyable, so can one with great artworks in its walls be the opposite. I'm rating the... More 

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Hanscom Afb
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth the price with the groupon and enjoyed my visit but wouldn't go if I had to pay full price. It is an amazing private collection.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the museum on a Monday. Just enough folks to keep it interesting. No crowd. Free easy parking across side entrance. Short video introduction. Worth sitting through. Great collection. Wonderful way to introduce some ww1 and ww2 history to the kids. I found it all fascinating. Would go back.

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Large building with beautiful architecture. They showed us a 10-minute video at the beginning, which was kind of boring but informative. The first half of the museum is on the main floor, then you head outside and walk over to the basement, where the museum continues.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Extraordinary experience. Wonderful collection of pre-1980s illustrations in a magnificent venue. Note especially how each piece is brilliantly presented in a frame that feels as though it were part of the original. Well worth a special trip to Newport, RI.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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