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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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Artist Pilgrimage

I've known of this museum for awhile, but didn't realize that they had so many original works by... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2016
Bayville, New York
Take advantage of this unique museum.

Even though the museum was closed when we called, they let us join a tour already scheduled that... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2016
Abingdon, Virginia
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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 4 June 2016

I've known of this museum for awhile, but didn't realize that they had so many original works by Mayfield Parrish including the complete set of panels from the Ladies Cafeteria at Curtis Publishing. The original paintings and drawings by Leyendecker, Rockwell, Wyeth, Parrish, Gibson and...More

Thank MermaidSue2013
Reviewed 4 June 2016

Even though the museum was closed when we called, they let us join a tour already scheduled that day, and we were pleasantly surprised. The volunteer docent was very k nowledgeable and informed about American illustrative art, and the house itself is an art and...More

Thank Quertosomo2015
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Did not expect to find such treasure. Great exhibition, thoughtfully presented. 2nd largest Norman Rockwell collection. Staff is friendly and helpful. Would come back to Newport just to revisit this place.

Thank Alla G
Reviewed 27 May 2016

Been to all Rockwell museums. This is the best. Terrific collection of all Illustrators. Great home. Easily spend 1-2 hours looking at "American" art

Thank matthew330
Reviewed 23 May 2016

We were able to have a tour before the season actually began. It was my favorite Newport experience. Our docent was so knowledgeable and informative. If you like Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Luyendyk and Gibson Girl posters, don't miss this museum. The 67 trolley stops...More

Thank claudreader
Reviewed 23 May 2016

We stopped by this museum when it first opened and it was great to wander with no crowds! The mansion itself is a beautiful setting for all of the incredible paintings! They had many Norman Rockwell paintings that I had only ever seen reproduced, so...More

Thank Kris B
Reviewed 11 May 2016

We had a wonderful time here. It is not open all of the time so make sure to check ahead of time so that you can plan accordingly. The admission ticket also included a guided tour which was very interesting and informative.

Thank Avlem
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Our Docent, Jim, was incredibly knowledgeable and a very good speaker--not boring at all. Rockwell, Pyle, Wyeth, Leyendecker, Gibson, Maxwell Parrish, and more. A tremendous selection and much depth in the collection. Good intro video, including intriguing comments by Whoopi Goldberg, who apparently is quite...More

Thank Edward Z
Reviewed 2 May 2016

We have been to Newport many times so it's hard to find something we haven't already seen. This attraction is, I think, open in "off season", but they only had 1 tour scheduled during the time we were there in April - Friday at 3:00....More

1  Thank Saxeygirl
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

For all of us who appreciate tall Uncle Sam or the New Year's Baby, these were illustrations by American artists, a new type of art. Whimsical, colorful, reflective of current culture--this collection of 3000 illustrations is delightful. And the guide, a former art director, was...More

1  Thank Pat D
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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