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National Museum of American Illustration

Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-851-8949
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Magnificent!

Having a sincere appreciation for the arts, I was very interested in checking out this museum and... read more

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An absolute gem!

I have been to Newport many times and have seen many of the sights but I think this is the best... read more

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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 today

Having a sincere appreciation for the arts, I was very interested in checking out this museum and viewing works by Maxwell Parrish and Norman Rockwell. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only is the work on display gorgeous but the stories behind each...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have been to Newport many times and have seen many of the sights but I think this is the best. The building is absolutely exquisite and the artwork is fascinating. The art tells the story of our nation and our culture in ways that...More

Thank Roberta C
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I didn't know the difference between "art" and "illustration" before coming here -- what a great way of learning to appreciate the beauty of commissioned artwork! Fantastic collection of works by Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't sure we'd like it. Sure, Norman Rockwell paintings are nice, but what else have they got? Would it just be a lot of random illustrations from people we had never heard of? As it turns out, these American artists and their works are...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We picked this museum based upon its reviews. Illustration is such an art that you will be convinced of it after your visit. Unfortunately pictures are forbidden. There were so many stunning drawings that your eyes couldn’t possibly choose between them to find a favorite...More

Thank Nathalie P
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Well worth an hour or two. Exceptional American Illustrative Art. Large collection for Norman Rockwell. Suggest taking advantage of free audio self guide. Audio guide gives excellent information on most paintings and art.

Thank Ed D
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

We purchased our tickets through groupon and planned for a visit on friday afternoon because a tour was included for the public at that time. We really enjoyed walking through the museum and learning more about these beautiful works of art. Parking was included for...More

Thank isletime
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

We went because we like Norman Rockwell. Just the Normal Rockwell illustrations made the visit worthwhile - they have the second largest Rockwell collection. They also have Parrish and Pyle and other illustrators we did not know about. The hanging of the art makes comparisons...More

Thank a f
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

What a great way to enjoy a rainy afternoon. This magical museum is off the radar in publicity. Do not miss the gorgeous Maxwell Parrish originals in the Rose Room. Watch the short video as a way of introduction - be sure to visit the...More

Thank PUZZLE-LADY
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

We almost missed stopping here...but do not! Fabulous illustrations wonderfully displayed in multiple rooms by all the famous illustrators including Rockwell!

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Erika B
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Response from Luvtobikeacadia | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Didn’t see any while there.
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plymoutnancy11
15 April 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
15 April 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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