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National Museum of American Illustration

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Chased Away the Winter Blues

Living close to Newport you want to take advantage of local attractions when the crowds are few... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bristol, Rhode Island
This is one of the most enjoyable art museum experiences.

We wandered around with the audio tour and then with the guided tour. The guide was extremely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bill F
Harwich Port, Massachusetts
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Living close to Newport you want to take advantage of local attractions when the crowds are few. This museum was way more than expected. the amount of illustrations is beyond what you imagine. The tour includes an iPad device with headphone so you can go...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We wandered around with the audio tour and then with the guided tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. The "hour" tour lasted close to 90 minutes and it got over too soon!!!!! What a great way to get an appreciation of the art...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Bill F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Art that’s made to be reproduced is what this museum specializes in. And the art is quite fine. Lots of narrative embedded in each picture. Very deep collections of a relatively small number of artists, all of whom are > first rate. If you can,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank BrooklineJack
Reviewed 12 February 2019

If you appreciate Americana art and illustrations then you need to visit here when in Newport. Pretty much the work of Judy Cutler and her husband which puts on display their collection of numerous artists from the 20th Century. Some household names like Rockwell and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 18 January 2019 via mobile

Went with my 19 yo daughter and we both really enjoyed it and there is enough to see that going back with my husband will be just as good as this time. It’s small so it is more intimate than larger museums. Learned a lot!...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 13 January 2019

Visited this museum on a casual trip to Newport. Stayed for two hours! I watched the short video, then used the headset for the self-guided tour. Adult admission was $20. It is worth every penny. I did not want to leave. Entire first floor of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank tangohampton
Reviewed 13 November 2018

As a culture vulture and lover of creative artistry I was amazed at the treasure my friend and I stumbled across while walking around Newport RI this October. I think most people think of Newport R.I. for it’s jazz festival and the city’a unparalleled architectural...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

I’m a big fan of Rockwell and Wyeth and loved learning and seeing the works of Parrish and Pyle. However the Mansion is beautiful and I hated seeing pictures on every wall and piece of furniture. And why no Cel phone photography? I have photographed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 20 October 2018

I didn't really have expectations regarding this museum and left quite glad that I came by. The tour definitely helped to put things into perspective and added an essential element for those that aren't intimately familiar with the stories of the artists presented.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Jayme B
Reviewed 5 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Erika B
18 August 2018|
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Response from walshgolfmw | Reviewed this property |
I’m not 100 per cent sure, but I don’t recollect anyone on our tour with a wheel chair. I must say this was a great take, and I ended up buying a Norman Rockwell painting.
15 April 2018|
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Response from elizabethlascheid | 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.