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“Beauty inside and out”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Newport Art Museum

Newport Art Museum
Ranked #43 of 109 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.
Stamford, Connecticut
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136 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Beauty inside and out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

What a beautiful old building to look at while you're wondering the rooms and enjoying the artworks. The staff is very cordial in greeting and enlightening you about the exhibits and the mansion itself. After enjoying the main building cross the courtyard and visit the "new modern" building and the artworks that it holds.

Visited November 2013
Thank Katherine L
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Tiverton, RI
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92 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“interesting building but disappointing art”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

Given the history of Newport, one would assume that the museum would have a good collection. It was quite ordinary. The building was worth seeing. I think most people save it for a rainy day.

Visited August 2013
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Reading, Massachusetts
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436 reviews
198 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“A wonderful museum”
4 of 5 bubbles 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
1 Thank JEM02882
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Middletown, Rhode Island
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A must see”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
1 Thank Cris54321
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Woodmere, New York
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240 reviews
72 attraction reviews
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“Juried art show never disappoints”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Thank peggyvb
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