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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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The Land of Make Believe is Real

...and it can be found in Newport, Rhode Island. In a setting almost impossible to imagine, the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
queentut1
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Scarsdale
Have it all / Have a strategy

We enjoyed the lengthy in-depth tour very much, and were very glad to have the numerous insights... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
CollageChick
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Columbia County 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 4 days ago

...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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Claufers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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

Thank KittyF309
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
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Visited this jewel of a museum on October 2nd with 5 friends who have all traveled the world. Not only is this museum tops in Newport, it can hold its own with those in most major cities. The mansion is a French style chateau that...More

1  Thank Bostonsummertraveler
Reviewed 2 October 2017

All were impressed with the quality of the museum, the knowledge of the guide and the extent of the collection of American illustration all in one beautiful setting. A truly rare art experience

Thank ssfellman
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Judy and Lawrence Cutler have created a magnificent venue to view a fabulous collection of American illustrators. Everything about this mansion is perfect and the audio tour that took us through the impressive Vernon Court Mansion was delightful. My mom and I took a mother...More

Thank Shawn G
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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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Joe F
8 February 2017|
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Photography is not permitted inside the NMAI. Photography of the mansion exterior and the arboretum is allowed.
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Cinnamoncyndi
23 April 2015|
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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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