National Museum of American Illustration

National Museum of American Illustration

National Museum of American Illustration
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Friday
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
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The NMAI is currently closed to due renovations, opening in the late Spring. Please check back for additional information at that time. 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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Lulu
Miami, FL9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
This is one of the most gorgeous art collections in the country, sadly, for ages the museum has been closed due to covid then renovations with no updates ok their website. I do hope they re open one day!
Written 25 September 2022
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DHPaine
Massachusetts103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
As an illustrator, this is an amazing place. It is mostly geared towards 1920s illustration work, but WOW a really spectacular collection. Just the mansion alone is worth the entrance fee too! Put this on your list if visiting the area.
Written 3 June 2022
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Pat K
Plymouth, Massachusetts12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We have been there several times. The film is excellent, the collection is outstanding. One of our favorite museums. Parking right off of Bellevue Ave is very good. Unfortunately because of COVID, they won't be reopening until 2021.
Written 11 September 2020
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Slick5276
Salisbury, NC1,132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This house was formerly known as Vernon Court. The current owners made it into the national museum of American Illustration. Interesting place. House was once considered of of the ten most beautiful mansions in America.
Written 15 October 2019
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Suni
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Found this museum very interesting. Saw illustrations by Norman Rockwell, Maxwell Parish. very beautiful museum.
Written 5 October 2019
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brad j
Raleigh, NC82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
When I think of illustration, I think of Norman Rockwell. The museum shows that Rockwell, while important, is only one of many who made the work of illustration truly an art form. Made the visit on my last day. Wish had been earlier in my trip. Would have visited a second time. Be sure to call the museum for hours of operation. Not sure that hours on website were correct. An excellent indoor activity for those rain filled summer days. I think admission was $18 for seniors so I don't know if you find that "expensive". In retrospect, I'm ok with $18. Not sure if family discount available.
Written 3 September 2019
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tweetietraveler
Wayland, MA99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I've been wanting to see this for a long time. I had not realized it's set in one of the beautiful Bellevue mansions. That makes it even more special. There's a terrific collection of Norman Rockwells. If you think Rockwell only did light, whimsical stuff, you'll change your opinion. While there are plenty of those, there are also some of his darker works. And Rockwell didn't shy away from social commentary. You'll also enjoy the many Maxfield Parrishes. I didn't know many of the other illustrators, but many were the pioneers who inspired those who followed.

The audio tour is done by the founders of this terrific museum. It's very well done. The tour is just the right length, not super long, so I did not experience museum fatigue.
Written 29 August 2019
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Kathryn G
Providence, RI419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Here's my only criticism of this museum - every inch of wall space is covered, and so it's hard to take it all in. Plus there is at least one room where there's a wall you can't see because of the way the room is blocked off. Perhaps if they showed less, and put it in some sort of cohesive order (timeline or by artist) it would be possible to absorb more of it. But it is well worth going.
Written 12 August 2019
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Constance M
Cicero, NY25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
One of the things they tell you when you go on this tour is that people don't consider illustration art. I do, but I don't think they're masterpieces. The Rockwells are great, but some of the other illustrations are creepy and downright propaganda! Like the babies with army equipment? Creepy! And, of course, it's from another time, but there's some sexism going on there, too! I think I liked the illustrations in the basement (by the gift shop, off of the main floor) better than the main exhibition floor. What I really loved was that the house seems pretty intact - lots of detail survives and it's pretty. It wasn't crowded when we went which was also a plus. The entrance is off Bellevue Ave and there is plenty of off-street, free parking, which was nice. I definitely recommend going since there is so much to see here. I wish the second floor was open to the public, however, but the main floor and lower level hold plenty of interest.
Written 11 August 2019
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DGandSAG
Sharon, MA811 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We mostly enjoyed our recent visit to this important museum, one of the few anywhere devoted to the art of illustration.

The setting for the museum is a grand old mansion, and the surrounding grounds are lovely. Inside, it's possible to visit different, high-ceilinged rooms with lots of images hung in dense clusters amid period furnishings.

Much as we enjoyed seeing the art and wandering in the galleries, we sometimes found the displays too packed in for our tastes. Also, since the museum doesn't post a lot of wall labels, we didn't always appreciate the context and history of what we were looking at. It probably helps to get the audiotape.

Despite these drawbacks, it's well worth visiting this unusual museum. The display of Maxfield Parrish murals in the final gallery overlooking the gardens (the Rose Garden Loggia in Vernon Court) is especially stunning, probably the highlight for any visit.
Written 11 August 2019
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