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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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Lovely location for great artwork

Not everyone in town is aware of its location - next to The Breakers at Ruggles Ave. A fantastic... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2017
Arlene B
Art Becomes Life- Illustration becomes our DNA..

Norman Rockwell's iconic images of American life shown in his Saturday Evening Post covers become... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2017
Westport, Massachusetts, United States
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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 1 October 2017

Not everyone in town is aware of its location - next to The Breakers at Ruggles Ave. A fantastic find with an extremely knowledgeable guide at a 3pm Friday tour. Worth waiting for his expertise. A lot of background stories are shared to explain the...More

Thank Arlene B
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Norman Rockwell's iconic images of American life shown in his Saturday Evening Post covers become the images we conjure up of everyday scenes like a farmer father sending his young son to college or a family gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Learn more about how...More

Thank Betulaceae
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

I'm not a big fan of museums - but the American Illustration Museum - despite its off-putting name - is a real gem. Hosting original Rockwell paintings and posters as well as those of many of his contemporaries, the museum is housed in a French-...More

Thank Dabarton
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We were arriving in Newport on a rainy day, so decided to check out this museum, and we are so glad we did. The collection is fantastic with so many American classics, and it is exhibited in a beautiful home in such a lovely way....More

Thank Lynn D
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Having had an art minor in college I found this to be fascinating not sure everyones cup of tea. Bellevue avenue as a walk is worth the trip to the museum.

Thank Steven B
Reviewed 24 September 2017

fabulous restored mansion done with tender loving care. Art work is great. the frick museum is modeled after this house. Was at the frick the week before and i can honestly say i liked the nat museum of american illustration better!

Thank dandeeclaire
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Our visit to The National Museum of American Ilustration was just what my son and I were looking for on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Newport. My son of 10-years-old loves art, illustration and history. We found all three, along with the welcoming arms of...More

Thank Justine C
Reviewed 21 September 2017

My wife and I came to Newport, Rhode Island, to see the magnificent Gilded Age mansions--isn't that why everybody comes to Newport?--but we were pleasantly surprised to see that one of the most interesting attractions of all is the National Museum of American Illustration. Located...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 9 September 2017

As a local Rhode Islander, it finally took a friend visiting from Florida for me to discover this wonderful museum. It was our lucky day because on Fridays at 3 PM, there is a guided tour. Vernon Court, restored to all of its glory, contains...More

Thank fudgerater
Reviewed 4 September 2017

The other reviews here make it abundantly clear this is a must- not- miss destination. If you have any affection for Leyendecker,Rockwell,Pyle,NC Wyeth,Charles Dana Gibson,or scores of other American illustrators you MUST visit Vernon Court. If you know of none of these artists but appreciate...More

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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
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.
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