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National Museum of American Illustration

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Address: Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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+1 401-851-8949
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Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Video to start was a great introduction. Employees were helpful with extra information that wasn't on the cards beside each art piece.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Video to start was a great introduction. Employees were helpful with extra information that wasn't on the cards beside each art piece.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

The tour was great and there was enough to look at all day. It is a great collection of the "Golden Age" of Illustration and includes great variety of this work. A great place to study these masterpieces up close and learn. Comprehensive and inspirational for artists I will be sure to return.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The guided tour of the museum was quite good, coming from someone who knows very little about American illustrators. The tour is included in the price of admission but check their website for hours. The collection is not large, but it is worth seeing if you have any interest in American illustrators like Normal Rockwell or Maxfield Parrish. We were... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Wonderful! I arranged a visit here at the request of an out-of-state visitor who loves illustration. We went off-season, so we had to arrange the visit over the phone. This was really easy to do. This was a different sort of museum experience. Very personal. Excellent! The paintings and sculptures are displayed in rooms in a Newport mansion, so that... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

If you love art then you'll love this museum. A wonderful experience and terrific art at a reasonable price. If you go to Newport don't miss this place. You will be over loaded with knowledge like I did. Visit the basement for a great buying spree. I will be back often.

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Weston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

My primary reason for visiting Newport and Bellevue Ave. was to see the mansions dressed up for the holidays. I had learned about Vernon Court after doing some research on other still-standing homes on Bellevue and was pleased to learn Vernon Court is open as a museum on Fridays in the off season. The museum is a fantastic side visit... More 

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Watertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

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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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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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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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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