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National Museum of American Illustration

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Address: Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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+1 401-851-8949
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Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is situated in Vernon...

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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Wonderful! I arranged a visit here at the request of an out-of-state visitor who loves illustration. We went off-season, so we had to arrange the visit over the phone. This... read more

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful! I arranged a visit here at the request of an out-of-state visitor who loves illustration. We went off-season, so we had to arrange the visit over the phone. This was really easy to do. This was a different sort of museum experience. Very personal. Excellent! The paintings and sculptures are displayed in rooms in a Newport mansion, so that... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you love art then you'll love this museum. A wonderful experience and terrific art at a reasonable price. If you go to Newport don't miss this place. You will be over loaded with knowledge like I did. Visit the basement for a great buying spree. I will be back often.

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Weston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

My primary reason for visiting Newport and Bellevue Ave. was to see the mansions dressed up for the holidays. I had learned about Vernon Court after doing some research on other still-standing homes on Bellevue and was pleased to learn Vernon Court is open as a museum on Fridays in the off season. The museum is a fantastic side visit... More 

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Watertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

My friends and I visited the Museum for the first time and took a tour with a very knowledgeable guide and were taken by the incredible illustration collections and the beauty of this mansion. They have the second largest collection of Norman Rockwell and collections of Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, NC Wyeth, JC Leyendecker and others. It is a must... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had a Groupon so the price was half, otherwise this would have been way overpriced. They have some nice art and cool mansion, but it only takes about an hour to tour and is hardly ever open.

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Short Hills, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

What a gem on Bellevue Avenue! The National Museum of American Illustration is a labor of love and vision of Laurence and Judy Cutler who converted Vernon Court, an American Renaissance mansion, into a repository of "guided age of American illustration." The holdings include second largest collection of Norman Rockwell, largest collection of Maxfield Parrish as well as numerous works... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Great art by Rockwell and others and it is ironic that back in their day, they were not considered to be artists...just illustrators who painted for money. Isn't that what all artists want?

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I wanted to say that I feel this museum is a great place to view an extensive collection of various Illustrators that have made a huge contribution to the art world and our lives through the ages. What a great place and opportunity to learn about our past in this country and the artists that gave so much of themselves... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We were privileged to have the founders, Larry and Judy Cutler lead our tour. They were a riot and so passionate about the art, we ran out of time and had to run through the rooms too quickly. We will go back to spend more time admiring the building and the Rockwells, Parrishes, and Leyerdeckers that crowd the walls.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Bottom Line: Wonderful collection of pieces in a beautiful mansion. Details: We visited here in the Fall after driving by many times. What a nice surprise! Came to see the Rockwell pieces and discovered a new artist....Leyendecker. He has become one of my favorite illustrators thanks to this museum. Will definitely be back for another visit soon!

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