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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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Fabulous!

Got a Goldstar recommendation to buy $6 ticket to this museum. A friend was visiting from out of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
fortlew1
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The best museum in Newport

It was by chance that I came across this museum when researching things to do in a two day visit to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sue S
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Great Missenden
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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 6 days ago via mobile

Got a Goldstar recommendation to buy $6 ticket to this museum. A friend was visiting from out of town so we drove down today. It's a 19th century mansion turned into museum. Leyendecker was doing Saturday Evening Post covers before Norman Rockwell. Lots on Maxwell...More

Thank fortlew1
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was by chance that I came across this museum when researching things to do in a two day visit to Newport. We even rescheduled our planned trip as the museum is only open on Fridays out of season. This is a wonderful collection of...More

Thank Sue S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in a beautiful historic mansion, this museum seeks to showcase how illustration is truly an art form. We certainly left convinced of such! If you can try and make it to the tour as well--our guide was very informative and entertaining.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The artwork is stunning and there is so much to see. We arrived late for the tour but spent 20 minutes asking questions after the tour. History of illustration books for sale that are beautiful. Will be back when we have more time

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a one hour visit today. Even had a chance to speak to the owners and learn about their labor of love. It’s great for people of all ages & attention spans. Make sure to visit the lower level which contains war propaganda posters -...More

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

This museum presents as though you are in someone's expensive home, loved the Maxfield Parrish prints and Norman Rockwell. So much to see, including sculptures. The setting is beautiful, great way to showcase the architecture of Newport and see some wonderful art.

Thank Karen L
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

A great museum near the Cliff Walk of Newport R.I. The museum has a great audio tour of the famous artists and paintings. This museum is a real gem. Featured artists are Leyendecker, Parrish, Plle, Wyeth, and my favorite Norman Rockwell. They have the 2nd...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

This was our second visit, but that visit was several years ago. The setting of the museum is a Newport Mansion (Vernon Court) so many of the works were by Parrish, Pyle, Gibson, etc. who were most active and popular in the Gilded Age. However,...More

1  Thank Jack M
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

I loved this museum. We went on the tour and learned so much about the collection and the artists. If you've never thought of illustrations as "art," then this is the place for you. One interesting question to ponder while you're there: Did these artists...More

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Although there are many "mansions" to visit in Newport, Vernon Court contains something special. A world-class collection of the works of the major illustrators of the 20th century. The National Museum of American Illustration provides the unique opportunity to see and learn about an art...More

Thank EricPK
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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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