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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 fun family experience

I went with my family to the American Illustration Museum and we had a great time. We learned about... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2017
wolfguy19
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Marion, Massachusetts
Don't Miss While Visiting Newport, RI

Both Vernon Court, the private residence where artwork is displayed, and well as the collection of... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
Seasontraveler10
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New York
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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
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

I went with my family to the American Illustration Museum and we had a great time. We learned about several artists and eras. I am not really an art person, but this is art I can understand. Our tour guide was fantastic and the staff...More

Thank wolfguy19
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

Both Vernon Court, the private residence where artwork is displayed, and well as the collection of American illustrations were fabulous. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our audio tour; we loved learning about the works of Norman Rockwell, Parrish and many other illustrators. What made...More

Thank Seasontraveler10
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

We have visited twice and took the guided tour both times. Both guides were excellent and very informative. For me, this art brings back memories of reading books illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and others of the genre. Even if you don't have that...More

Thank Fred D
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

...and it can be found in Newport, Rhode Island. In a setting almost impossible to imagine, the greatest illustrators are showcased in a golden age environment that seems as if it were created just for them. I naively thought I would be seeing framed prints...More

Thank queentut1
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

We enjoyed the lengthy in-depth tour very much, and were very glad to have the numerous insights into Howard Pyle, NC Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish and others. My recommendation is to make sure that you arrive before the tour and give yourself a generous amount of...More

Thank CollageChick
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

The National Museum of American Illustration is amazing, from the mansion that holds it, the outdoor water effects and gardens and the great staff. The art inside is something you may never see again. You must stop if you are in Newport. The hours were...More

Thank Elizabeth L
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Charlie, highly recommend spending some time exploring a different piece of American history.

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

I can only echo so many of the other reviews -- meeting the Cutlers made this an even more incredible experience, but the art on display is remarkable as well. I thought I was pretty familiar with Rockwell, but some of the best Rockwells I've...More

Thank jlmjlm
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Initially, we were greeted by the owners, the Cutlers, who amassed this beautiful collection over the last several decades. The story of its acquisition is worth the stop, but James, our tour guide, filled in additional details as we progressed throughout the collection. The stories...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

One of the highlights of our trip to Newport was our visit to the National Museum of American Illustration. Located amongst the mansions on Bellvue Ave., Vernon Court is a private residence that houses this unique and wonderful museum. The beautiful home and the art...More

Thank Laurie R
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plymoutnancy11
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).
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plymoutnancy11
15 April 2018|
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Response from Jack M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. They have a website and are located in one of the Newport mansions.
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Michael C
6 July 2017|
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Response from Brandon S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, across the street from the mansion
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