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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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A Must See!

We drove from Florida to cross this off my bucket list. As a life-long Maxfield Parrish "fan... read more

Reviewed yesterday
JoAnn G
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Fantastic Hosts and Beautiful Artwork

The owners, Judy and Lawrence Cutler, provided a wonderful tour to our group of naval officers... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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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
+1 401-851-8949
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We drove from Florida to cross this off my bucket list. As a life-long Maxfield Parrish "fan", standing inches from the full scale original panels of his "Florentine Fete" in the magnificent surroundings in which they are displayed left me awestruck. It's an experience that...More

Thank JoAnn G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The owners, Judy and Lawrence Cutler, provided a wonderful tour to our group of naval officers. The mansion has been kept in perfect condition and they were incredibly knowledgable about the illustrations throughout the museum. I would recommend to anyone touring mansions in Newport.

Thank Aaron H
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited with a group of 40 classmates during a class reunion celebration in June 2017. Excellent experience. Fabulous collection of Illustration Art, well-displayed in a beautiful Newport mansion. Our group thoroughly enjoyed the visit, guided by Jim and the hosts / owners Laurence and...More

Thank Lauren W
Reviewed 1 week ago

As sailors, my wife and I find ourselves in Newport at least once a year. A friend recommended the National Museum of American Illustration to us. It’s a hidden gem… a must visit when in Newport. A unique two for one offering, the Museum is...More

Thank WinoRick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is located, on Bellevue Ave, near the Breakers. and is housed in a beautiful mansion. If you are a fan of Norman Rockwell, Maxwell Parrish or J. C. Leyendecker, as well as many other amazing artists this is a must see..

1  Thank passpartout0726
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend told us to visit this museum and we are glad she did. In one trip you get to enjoy a beautiful garden , an incredible building and some sensational art. It is perhaps two of the best hours we ever spent on vacation....More

1  Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Located in one of the smaller mansions along Newport's mansion row, this museum is very nice and well wort a visit. Similar to the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, a successful businessman with a taste for art built an impressive art collection that is housed in...More

Thank hike_PA
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Utterly fabulous collection and mansion interior. We go once a year as it's like visiting an old friend of whom you never get tired. Not to be missed!

Thank Jeffrey K
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

I couldn't wait to revisit this wonderful museum. Since it's only open to the public on Fridays, we made sure that we arranged our vacation so that we could be in Newport on a Friday. I saw much more this trip or perhaps I just...More

Thank Ashford817
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I visited the National Museum of American Illustrations in the spring of 2016 together with my father. It was all together a fantastic experience for both of us. My father has had a long time passion for Norman Rockwell's work and it was a dream...More

1  Thank mmoltzer
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Joe F
Is any sort of photography permitted?
8 February 2017|
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Response from Newpitor | Property representative |
Photography is not permitted inside the NMAI. Photography of the mansion exterior and the arboretum is allowed.
Are you wheelchair accessible ?
24 April 2015|
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Response from Newpitor | Property representative |
As a historic property, the NMAI is unfortunately not fully handicapped accessible. There are several stairs to enter the Museum, and a flight of stairs to reach the lower level which houses our restrooms, gift shop, and... More