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National Museum of American Illustration

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This did not sound like an exciting attraction but hey it had all 5 star reviews! So we chanced it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Locust Grove, Virginia
We were surprised how much we enjoyed this small museum

Wonderful collection that brings depth to American history. The museum also offers occasional... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2018
Blairstown, NJ
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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...more
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Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-851-8949
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This did not sound like an exciting attraction but hey it had all 5 star reviews! So we chanced it and all 6 of us agreed that it was a very good choice. Beautiful artwork and much learned in spite of ourselves (it was a...More

Thank Sunshine795990
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I remember when it was rarely open but now it is open daily. There is a really impressive Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, the Wyeths, Norman Rockwell and so many more. The lighting could be a lot better, but the artwork is fantastic. Make sure you...More

Thank Rod S
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Wonderful collection that brings depth to American history. The museum also offers occasional special programs/talks so be sure to check the calendar of events.

Thank CheerfulTravels
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

I have been to Newport many times and toured all the mansions run by the preservation society. Recently in Newport for just a day trip we had a few hours to fill and my husband suggested we check out this museum. He is a Wyeth...More

1  Thank MomOnTheGoNewYork
Reviewed 3 September 2018

I enjoyed this self guided tour of the museum. However, I found the instructions about moving from room to room confusing. Also thought the exhibit was over stuffed with art. Sometimes less is more. Definitely worth a trip though especially for fans of illustration..

Thank Scenic779986
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

If you admire the Golden Age of American Illustration (or beautiful, tasteful, fully-furnished mansions), do not miss this jewel of a museum! You’ll see a wider selection of top-flight, historic American paintings and drawings here than anywhere else: large-format pictures from advertising, publishing, etc. As...More

Thank Justice_Sonia
Reviewed 26 August 2018

I'm adding to the terrific reviews for this museum. It was a wonderful experience where I learned so much and saw so many iconic and terrific pieces of art. I'm not a fan of audio tours but this one is a must. The descriptions of...More

1  Thank EIKOOC
Reviewed 22 August 2018

An overlooked gem of a museum with originals by Norman Rockwell and other early and mid-20th century traditional illustrators. The audio tour has a bit too much promotion of the museum's founders and other supporters (i.e., Whoopie Goldberg) than is necessary. Overall, an interesting detour...More

2  Thank cragmoor1
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

We t here with my wife she loves illustration and I was like I am not really interested, however I was truly amazed at how much I really enjoyed it. There was a self guided tour with headphones and a iPad some really amazing art...More

3  Thank Amazin1
Reviewed 21 August 2018

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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Erika B
18 August 2018|
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Response from Luvtobikeacadia | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Didn’t see any while there.
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).
15 April 2018|
Response from Jack M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. They have a website and are located in one of the Newport mansions.