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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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We visited as Norman Rockwell's work was included in the museum's collection. We found a treasure... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2016
Lake Placid, Florida
Very nice Museaum of Illustrated American Art.

My son and I went to see this Museum, which contains illustrated art (think for magazines, books... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2016
Greenville, Rhode Island
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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 22 January 2016

We visited as Norman Rockwell's work was included in the museum's collection. We found a treasure beyond expectation. The docent guiding us through the museum was extremely knowledgeable regarding the works of numerous American illustrators. The unique nature of this art came to life as...More

2  Thank dianel103
Reviewed 21 January 2016

My son and I went to see this Museum, which contains illustrated art (think for magazines, books, building interiors, for example Norman Rockwell). It is in a historic mansion in Newport, itself a beautiful site to see. This was a very nice museum, and there...More

1  Thank wkfinn
Reviewed 13 January 2016

I am not much of an art museum sort of person normally but I was intrigued about Illustration art and so my wife and I went there during our visit to Newport. It was well worth it and recommend it to anyone, especially if they...More

2  Thank mihilaw
Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

I've lived in RI my whole life and had never visited until now. What an amazing place and fantastic museum! Jim, our tour guide, gave an informative yet entertaining tour through the museum. Great look into American life in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century. Wonderful...More

Thank David G
Reviewed 6 January 2016

Want to see a furnished Newport mansion? Want to see a world-class museum? At the national museum of American Illustration you get the best of both. Limited winter hours. Fantastic tour.

Thank 124C41NewEngland
Reviewed 26 December 2015

After seeing this collection, it will be my reason for returning to Newport. It's an incredible overview of American illustration including Maxfield Parrish - Charles Dana Gibson - Leyendecker - N.C. Wyeth - Rockwell - Dean Cornwell... many others. I was utterly blown away. I...More

1  Thank nilpferdus
Reviewed 20 December 2015

We stumbled upon this museum and thoroughly enjoyed our visit there. We are fans of Norman Rockwell and were very interested to see his works as well as his predecessors in the field and his contemporaries. The museum building itself is worth the visit.

Thank joanna m
Reviewed 14 December 2015

In a magnificent mansion setting, this museum educates visitors on the rise of American art via illustrative mediums such as WWII posters, Harper's Bazaar and the Saturday Evening Post. Great way to learn about our heritage via modern mediums versus those used by European artists....More

Thank L N
Reviewed 11 November 2015

this was our favorite mansion. the art is stunning. i wanted to buy some paintings, but my wife stopped me- it would have been worth it.

Thank normaray
Reviewed 11 November 2015

If you enjoy professionally run guided tours that aren't dominated by canned presentations or bored tour guides, then the NMAI's your cup of tea. Well done, memorable, enjoyable. As a designer/builder of a museum in Colorado, I know excellence when I see it. These folks...More

1  Thank David T
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Michael C
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Response from Barbara M | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Easy access to parking
Joe F
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.
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

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