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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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Pleasant surprise

We have been visiting Newport for decades and did not know about it. The setting is lovely in a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Luna K
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New York City, New York
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Great way to see mansion plus museum

Extensive collection of illustration art in a beautiful restored mansion. The audio tour allows you... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
raizen
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Denver, Colorado
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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been visiting Newport for decades and did not know about it. The setting is lovely in a beautiful mansion, with a wonderful collection of Norman Rockwell artwork and more. Highly recommend this Museum.

Thank Luna K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Extensive collection of illustration art in a beautiful restored mansion. The audio tour allows you to dive into as much detail as you want. Very educational and enjoyable.

Thank raizen
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife is more the artist, but these images are so iconic even I could appreciate their beauty and cultural significance. The building itself is quite lovely also.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Got a Goldstar recommendation to buy $6 ticket to this museum. A friend was visiting from out of town so we drove down today. It's a 19th century mansion turned into museum. Leyendecker was doing Saturday Evening Post covers before Norman Rockwell. Lots on Maxwell...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

It was by chance that I came across this museum when researching things to do in a two day visit to Newport. We even rescheduled our planned trip as the museum is only open on Fridays out of season. This is a wonderful collection of...More

Thank Sue S
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Set in a beautiful historic mansion, this museum seeks to showcase how illustration is truly an art form. We certainly left convinced of such! If you can try and make it to the tour as well--our guide was very informative and entertaining.

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

The artwork is stunning and there is so much to see. We arrived late for the tour but spent 20 minutes asking questions after the tour. History of illustration books for sale that are beautiful. Will be back when we have more time

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a one hour visit today. Even had a chance to speak to the owners and learn about their labor of love. It’s great for people of all ages & attention spans. Make sure to visit the lower level which contains war propaganda posters -...More

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

This museum presents as though you are in someone's expensive home, loved the Maxfield Parrish prints and Norman Rockwell. So much to see, including sculptures. The setting is beautiful, great way to showcase the architecture of Newport and see some wonderful art.

Thank Karen L
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

A great museum near the Cliff Walk of Newport R.I. The museum has a great audio tour of the famous artists and paintings. This museum is a real gem. Featured artists are Leyendecker, Parrish, Plle, Wyeth, and my favorite Norman Rockwell. They have the 2nd...More

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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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Michael C
6 July 2017|
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Response from Brandon S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, across the street from the mansion
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