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National Museum of American Illustration

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Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-851-8949
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Visited this jewel of a museum on October 2nd with 5 friends who have all traveled the world. Not... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2017
Bostonsummertraveler
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Boston
twenty members of an art school endowment board many of whom are artists visit museum

All were impressed with the quality of the museum, the knowledge of the guide and the extent of the... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2017
ssfellman
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West Hartford, 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 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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Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

Visited this jewel of a museum on October 2nd with 5 friends who have all traveled the world. Not only is this museum tops in Newport, it can hold its own with those in most major cities. The mansion is a French style chateau that...More

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

All were impressed with the quality of the museum, the knowledge of the guide and the extent of the collection of American illustration all in one beautiful setting. A truly rare art experience

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Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile

Judy and Lawrence Cutler have created a magnificent venue to view a fabulous collection of American illustrators. Everything about this mansion is perfect and the audio tour that took us through the impressive Vernon Court Mansion was delightful. My mom and I took a mother...More

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Reviewed October 1, 2017

Not everyone in town is aware of its location - next to The Breakers at Ruggles Ave. A fantastic find with an extremely knowledgeable guide at a 3pm Friday tour. Worth waiting for his expertise. A lot of background stories are shared to explain the...More

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Reviewed October 1, 2017

Norman Rockwell's iconic images of American life shown in his Saturday Evening Post covers become the images we conjure up of everyday scenes like a farmer father sending his young son to college or a family gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Learn more about how...More

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Reviewed September 29, 2017 via mobile

I'm not a big fan of museums - but the American Illustration Museum - despite its off-putting name - is a real gem. Hosting original Rockwell paintings and posters as well as those of many of his contemporaries, the museum is housed in a French-...More

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Reviewed September 28, 2017

We were arriving in Newport on a rainy day, so decided to check out this museum, and we are so glad we did. The collection is fantastic with so many American classics, and it is exhibited in a beautiful home in such a lovely way....More

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Reviewed September 27, 2017

Having had an art minor in college I found this to be fascinating not sure everyones cup of tea. Bellevue avenue as a walk is worth the trip to the museum.

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Reviewed September 24, 2017

fabulous restored mansion done with tender loving care. Art work is great. the frick museum is modeled after this house. Was at the frick the week before and i can honestly say i liked the nat museum of american illustration better!

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Reviewed September 24, 2017

Our visit to The National Museum of American Ilustration was just what my son and I were looking for on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Newport. My son of 10-years-old loves art, illustration and history. We found all three, along with the welcoming arms of...More

Thank Justine C
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plymoutnancy11
April 15, 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth L | 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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Michael C
July 6, 2017|
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Response from Brandon S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, across the street from the mansion
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