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“A wonderful museum”
Review of Newport Art Museum

Newport Art Museum
Ranked #44 of 115 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Newport Art Museum's collections and exhibitions reflect Rhode Island's rich cultural heritage and lively contemporary art scene. We are the only museum to focus on the art and artists of Rhode Island, both historic and contemporary. The Museum is housed in the John N.A. Griswold House and the Cushing Gallery. Home for the Museum since 1916, the Griswold House is a National Historic Landmark and an Official Project of Save America’s Treasures. Designed in 1862 by architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was completed in 1864 for John N.A. Griswold, a China trade merchant and financier, and his wife Jane. Griswold House was Hunt’s first major commission in Newport and is the premier example of American Stick Style architecture. Hunt went on to design many of the grand cottages of Newport’s Gilded Age, including The Breakers, Marble House, and Ochre Court. To honor artist Howard Gardiner Cushing, an early member of the Newport Art Association, the Association erected the Cushing Gallery in 1920.The Newport Art Museum is one of only 5% of American museums to be fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Reading, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
436 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“A wonderful museum”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Visited the Newport Art Museum this past weekend. Housed in a former mansion, it is a charming museum. The art collection nicely reflects the history of the Newport area as well as displaying a diverse representation of paintings up to the present day. There is something for everyone.

Visited July 2013
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Middletown, Rhode Island
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8 reviews
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“A must see”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

NAM is "the" art museum in Newport and a must see on your stay or visit. The website has a calendar of events they are truly an arts center with live music, wet paint auction, murder mystery theater and so much more .....

Visited May 2013
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Woodmere, New York
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“Juried art show never disappoints”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

We love the display of artwork at the annual show and the winning pieces are always incredible and captivating.

Visited April 2013
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“beautiful colonial building”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

more beautiful and colonial on the outside, inside is partly modern but for the most part retaiins its old world colonial charm.
Beautiful, rich wooden ceilings, stairs and flooring.

Visited April 2013
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“Great mix of art and even some architecture”
Reviewed 15 May 2013

The first thing I noticed was the building itself... beautiful old architecture, which is in itself an art form, including the patterned wood floors, ornate fireplaces, and beautiful windows and doorways. The art inside was the perfect mix and volume - some modern, some classic, different media, etc. I have been in many art museums that left me exhausted trying to see all of it, but this was the perfect balance for me. We had a bonus as well: Several local artists had their work on display as part of a juried show on digital art, and they shared their thoughts, inspirations, and processes with us. Many of the pieces were just outstanding, and it was a joy to hear from the artists themselves, and to be able to ask them questions about their work. I left thoroughly satiated, but not worn out.

Visited May 2013
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