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National Museum of American Illustration

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Address: Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +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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A real gem

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

That opens its home and grounds for others to enjoy their works of art including illustrations from American artists like Norman Rockwell. It was a peaceful visit, not lots of tourists. You can linger outside once you have seen the inside. Very pleasant experience.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Great art, BUT... I understand its 5 star rating because the art deserves it, and the setting is beautiful too. But museums aren't only about the quality of the works displayed, they're also about the experience. Just like a modest museum can be very enjoyable, so can one with great artworks in its walls be the opposite. I'm rating the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Worth the price with the groupon and enjoyed my visit but wouldn't go if I had to pay full price. It is an amazing private collection.

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