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National Museum of American Illustration

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A true treasure for the culture vulture

As a culture vulture and lover of creative artistry I was amazed at the treasure my friend and I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
PatrickFitch
Lovely little gem

I didn't really have expectations regarding this museum and left quite glad that I came by. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jayme B
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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...more
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Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 27 March 2011

Beautiful Location, Amazing artwork, Friendly atmosphere. I would highly recommend for a fantastic educational day out.

4  Thank NicolaFardell
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 28 December 2012

A little of Maxfield Parrish goes a long way, and there is a lot of Maxfield Parrish here, along with some Leyendecker and a little Rockwell. The main problem here is that the management cannot decide if it's running a museum of illustration (in which...More

8  Thank MCE1959
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a culture vulture and lover of creative artistry I was amazed at the treasure my friend and I stumbled across while walking around Newport RI this October. I think most people think of Newport R.I. for it’s jazz festival and the city’a unparalleled architectural...More

Thank PatrickFitch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m a big fan of Rockwell and Wyeth and loved learning and seeing the works of Parrish and Pyle. However the Mansion is beautiful and I hated seeing pictures on every wall and piece of furniture. And why no Cel phone photography? I have photographed...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't really have expectations regarding this museum and left quite glad that I came by. The tour definitely helped to put things into perspective and added an essential element for those that aren't intimately familiar with the stories of the artists presented.

Thank Jayme B
Reviewed 5 October 2018

This did not sound like an exciting attraction but hey it had all 5 star reviews! So we chanced it and all 6 of us agreed that it was a very good choice. Beautiful artwork and much learned in spite of ourselves (it was a...More

Thank Sunshine795990
Reviewed 16 September 2018

I remember when it was rarely open but now it is open daily. There is a really impressive Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, the Wyeths, Norman Rockwell and so many more. The lighting could be a lot better, but the artwork is fantastic. Make sure you...More

1  Thank Rod S
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Wonderful collection that brings depth to American history. The museum also offers occasional special programs/talks so be sure to check the calendar of events.

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Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

I have been to Newport many times and toured all the mansions run by the preservation society. Recently in Newport for just a day trip we had a few hours to fill and my husband suggested we check out this museum. He is a Wyeth...More

1  Thank MomOnTheGoNewYork
Reviewed 3 September 2018

I enjoyed this self guided tour of the museum. However, I found the instructions about moving from room to room confusing. Also thought the exhibit was over stuffed with art. Sometimes less is more. Definitely worth a trip though especially for fans of illustration..

Thank Scenic779986
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

If you admire the Golden Age of American Illustration (or beautiful, tasteful, fully-furnished mansions), do not miss this jewel of a museum! You’ll see a wider selection of top-flight, historic American paintings and drawings here than anywhere else: large-format pictures from advertising, publishing, etc. As...More

Thank Justice_Sonia
Reviewed 26 August 2018

I'm adding to the terrific reviews for this museum. It was a wonderful experience where I learned so much and saw so many iconic and terrific pieces of art. I'm not a fan of audio tours but this one is a must. The descriptions of...More

1  Thank EIKOOC
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Erika B
18 August 2018|
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Response from Luvtobikeacadia | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Didn’t see any while there.
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plymoutnancy11
15 April 2018|
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Response from elizabethlascheid | Reviewed this property |
I think that is the case but give them a call. They are open for the most part during the summer (after May 30 or around there).
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plymoutnancy11
15 April 2018|
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Response from Jack M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. They have a website and are located in one of the Newport mansions.
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MichaelC6936
6 July 2017|
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Response from BrandonS2106 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, across the street from the mansion
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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.
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