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“A Gem ~ #1 Highlight of Our Trip to Newport”

National Museum of American Illustration
Ranked #2 of 118 things to do in Newport
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed September 13, 2013

A phenomenal collection of original artwork by American illustrators most of us know and like such as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, N C Wyeth, and Jessie Willcox Smith. Seeing the originals, many on a large scale, is surprisingly enjoyable. Well worth the entrance fee.

The collection is housed on the first floor of a beautiful mansion - be sure to watch the video first. Take your time, it's an extensive collection but not overwhelming. You can usually walk the grounds if you ask. Suitable for couples, family (teens), friends, business, and solo. Gift store and restrooms are on lower level. Don't recall if there's an elevator so ask if you'll need assistance. Plan on 1-2 hours max.

Enjoy!

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We bought a two for one Groupon. We didn't realize there would be another Two For. You get to see artwork and a beautiful mansion. When you first arrive, there is a video introducing how illustration was used in magazines and books clear up to the middle of the 20th century. Very interesting. Then one goes from gallery to gallery looking at originals by a multitude of artists including my favorite, Norman Rockwell, exhibited in the most beautiful of rooms. The only downside to the museum is that part of the galleries are in the basement. It is as unappealing down there as the first floor is breathtaking. Because of this, I did not rate it excellent. But still the two for the price of one - both the admission deal and the mansion plus artwork was well worth the visit.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We normally like to walk the entire Cliffwalk, however, the recent storms have cut the distance substantially due to damage further down. So when we came off the walk the other day and started back up Bellevue, we decided to make the museum part of tour. This is a beautiful mansion that currently houses two of my favorite "illustrators" Maxwell Parrish and Norman Rockwell, as well as many others associated with their genre'. There is a short film, but most of the tour is self guided, however, they do have guided tours at certain times, so call to find out when if you are interested. The perfect indoor activity on a cold on rainy day!

2  Thank dastern
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I've driven by this museum scores of time without knowing it was there. Recently I noticed signs hanging from the gates on Bellevue Ave. regarding Norman Rockwell, which caught my eye. I investigated and found that this museum had an entrance on a side road. What a find! The biggest problem I had was keeping my eyes trained on the art without wandering to the architecture. The building is simply magnificent. And for fans of Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth and others -- it's heaven. I highly recommend a side trip to this museum when in Newport.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Fascinating collection of illustrations from the last century--with a glimpse of another mansion and its grounds at the same time. Since the Newport mansions were from the same time period as many of the illustrations in the museum, the setting definitely enhanced the collection. I left with a new interest into illustration as an art form.

Thank AMW137
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