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“House as interesting as the art”
Review of Newport Art Museum

Newport Art Museum
Ranked #43 of 119 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: The Newport Art Museum's collections and exhibitions reflect Rhode Island's rich cultural heritage and lively contemporary art scene. We are the only museum to focus on the art and artists of Rhode Island, both historic and contemporary. The Museum is housed in the John N.A. Griswold House and the Cushing Gallery. Home for the Museum since 1916, the Griswold House is a National Historic Landmark and an Official Project of Save America’s Treasures. Designed in 1862 by architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was completed in 1864 for John N.A. Griswold, a China trade merchant and financier, and his wife Jane. Griswold House was Hunt’s first major commission in Newport and is the premier example of American Stick Style architecture. Hunt went on to design many of the grand cottages of Newport’s Gilded Age, including The Breakers, Marble House, and Ochre Court. To honor artist Howard Gardiner Cushing, an early member of the Newport Art Association, the Association erected the Cushing Gallery in 1920.The Newport Art Museum is one of only 5% of American museums to be fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Reviewed June 20, 2009

We visited this museum when it was in between exhibitions, but the permanent collection is worth the visit. Additionally, the house itself is an excellent example of a large Victorian stick house. It was restored at considerable cost a few years ago and is extremely attractive to those who love Victorian architecture.

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Reviewed June 9, 2006

We visited the Newport Art Museum during a time of renovation and installation of new exhibits so we were not able to visit 2 of the 3 buildings. However, the museum did not charge us any entrance fee during that time. The main building itself is a worth a visit-the Griswold Home is a lovely 1864 mansion that is on the national register of historic places. The art work and photography that was on display was interesting, but we cannot give the museum a fair evaluation because of the renovations and limited art work that was available. During our time in Rhode Island, we did visit the RISD Art Museum in Providence which is a hidden gem housing a wide variety of magificent world class art and artifacts--RISD is surprisingly large and takes at least 1/2 to 1 day to tour.

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