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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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What a gem!

For any of you with an interest in American Illustration, this collection has to be the most... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Otavalo, Ecuador
Great Museum

If you like illustrators like Parrish, Rockwell, etc., this is a really spectacular museum. It is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Princeton, New Jersey
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-851-8949
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Reviewed 5 days ago

For any of you with an interest in American Illustration, this collection has to be the most complete and beautiful shown group of illustrators in the country.The paintings are displayed in a magnificent mansion and the owners are often accessible for conversation and to answer...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you like illustrators like Parrish, Rockwell, etc., this is a really spectacular museum. It is in one of the spectacular Newport mansions and is beautifully curated with a terrific audio tour. There is a wonderful collection of hundreds of the original paintings and then...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

As an octogenarian, my hearing isn’t what it was. I find a miss a great deal on docent led tours. On a return visit to this wonderful museum I was thrilled to find they now offer complementary audio tours. The tour is wonderful and you...More

Thank Dee P
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I actually visited this museum last summer, but since I'm on a roll of writing reviews, here goes. We visited in July. It was an extremely hot day and when we arrived, we were amazed that we were the only ones in...More

Thank baywriter
Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Museum of American Illustration features a fabulous collection of magazine and commercial artists from the earfly 20th century. The most famous names here are Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, but the collection is broad and you'll learn a good deal about other important...More

1  Thank TR26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I LOVE this museum!!! Their collection is different and wonderful and really focus on an art form not commonly given a ton of love in the art world. The pieces are fantastic and make you feel very nostalgic for a certain period in American history,...More

1  Thank pames614
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were honored to be greeted by NMAI founders, Judy and Lawrence Cutler, who led us on an incredible tour of this magnificent home turned museum. Do not pass on visiting NMAI, be it your first or fortieth time in town! There's always something to...More

1  Thank susan p
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything about this art museum was a delight. The building is beautiful, the collection of illustration art - astounding. The informational personal headsets were great, I learned so much. As a longtime fan of Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell it was a wonderful experience to...More

2  Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove from Florida to cross this off my bucket list. As a life-long Maxfield Parrish "fan", standing inches from the full scale original panels of his "Florentine Fete" in the magnificent surroundings in which they are displayed left me awestruck. It's an experience that...More

1  Thank JoAnn G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The owners, Judy and Lawrence Cutler, provided a wonderful tour to our group of naval officers. The mansion has been kept in perfect condition and they were incredibly knowledgable about the illustrations throughout the museum. I would recommend to anyone touring mansions in Newport.

1  Thank Aaron H
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Michael C
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Response from Barbara M | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Easy access to parking
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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.
23 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