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National Museum of American Illustration

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Wonderful way to spend a couple hours!

Went with my 19 yo daughter and we both really enjoyed it and there is enough to see that going... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
576np
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Rhode Island
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FABULOUS GEM OF A MUSEUM

Visited this museum on a casual trip to Newport. Stayed for two hours! I watched the short video... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
tangohampton
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Litchfield, Connecticut
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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...more
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Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went with my 19 yo daughter and we both really enjoyed it and there is enough to see that going back with my husband will be just as good as this time. It’s small so it is more intimate than larger museums. Learned a lot!...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 576np
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this museum on a casual trip to Newport. Stayed for two hours! I watched the short video, then used the headset for the self-guided tour. Adult admission was $20. It is worth every penny. I did not want to leave. Entire first floor of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

As a culture vulture and lover of creative artistry I was amazed at the treasure my friend and I stumbled across while walking around Newport RI this October. I think most people think of Newport R.I. for it’s jazz festival and the city’a unparalleled architectural...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

I’m a big fan of Rockwell and Wyeth and loved learning and seeing the works of Parrish and Pyle. However the Mansion is beautiful and I hated seeing pictures on every wall and piece of furniture. And why no Cel phone photography? I have photographed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

I didn't really have expectations regarding this museum and left quite glad that I came by. The tour definitely helped to put things into perspective and added an essential element for those that aren't intimately familiar with the stories of the artists presented.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

This did not sound like an exciting attraction but hey it had all 5 star reviews! So we chanced it and all 6 of us agreed that it was a very good choice. Beautiful artwork and much learned in spite of ourselves (it was a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

I remember when it was rarely open but now it is open daily. There is a really impressive Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, the Wyeths, Norman Rockwell and so many more. The lighting could be a lot better, but the artwork is fantastic. Make sure you...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

Wonderful collection that brings depth to American history. The museum also offers occasional special programs/talks so be sure to check the calendar of events.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

I have been to Newport many times and toured all the mansions run by the preservation society. Recently in Newport for just a day trip we had a few hours to fill and my husband suggested we check out this museum. He is a Wyeth...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

I enjoyed this self guided tour of the museum. However, I found the instructions about moving from room to room confusing. Also thought the exhibit was over stuffed with art. Sometimes less is more. Definitely worth a trip though especially for fans of illustration..

Date of experience: August 2018
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Erika B
August 17, 2018|
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Response from walshgolfmw | Reviewed this property |
I’m not 100 per cent sure, but I don’t recollect anyone on our tour with a wheel chair. I must say this was a great take, and I ended up buying a Norman Rockwell painting.
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plymoutnancy11
April 15, 2018|
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Response from elizabethlascheid | Reviewed this property |
I think that is the case but give them a call. They are open for the most part during the summer (after May 30 or around there).
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plymoutnancy11
April 15, 2018|
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Response from Jack M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. They have a website and are located in one of the Newport mansions.
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