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“What Not to Miss in Newport, RI”

National Museum of American Illustration
Ranked #16 of 114 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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McLean, Virginia
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6 reviews
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“What Not to Miss in Newport, RI”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

My 12 year old son and I visited the National Museum of American Illustration when we were in Newport. The tour was incredible because we were fortunate enough to have the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Cutler, give us a private tour. We stumbled upon this opportunity when booking our tickets over the phone. During the tour, we learned so much about the illustrations, artists and the history of America during the time periods. The art is breath taking and the museum is stunning. There is so much to see I felt I just needed to sit down and take it all in slowly. Their passion for the art and all of the history shows in how the art is even placed by themes throughout the museum. For example, they had an Independence Day theme going on in the entrance room. In another room there is a baseball theme. It is fascinating to say the least. The Rockwell, Parrish, Wyeth, Leyendeckers originals are remarkable and the John Rogers sculptures are gorgeous. It is unbelievable how much the collection holds! We will go again when we return to Newport and I am sure we will see things on the second visit that we did not see on the first. Well worth the time and money to go to this museum. It is a one of a kind experience!

Visited July 2014
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Newport, Rhode Island
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“National Museum of American Illustration Ranks Among Newport's Best Museums”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

A trip to Newport would not be complete without a visit to the National Museum of American Illustration. The idyllic estate setting houses a stellar collection of American Illustration Art by Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, N.C Wyeth, Howard Pyle and other notable artists who define authentic American character and capture our nation's reactions to world events and life's poignant moments. The collection speaks to your soul.

Visited June 2014
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
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“A little overwhelming”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Set in a private home, the Museum is chockerblock full of classic Rockwells and the like. Unfortunately it is so full that it is hard to comprehend everything you are seeing.

Visited June 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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10 reviews
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“We loved it”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

We spent about an hour and half touring this lovely home, and enjoying the various works by Norman Rockwell (a longtime nostalgic favourite of mine), Maxfield Parrish (his light!), and NC Wyeth. For anyone who loves spending a quiet hour or two perusing these artists in a gorgeous historical home, I recommend this attraction.

What I especially loved was how informal and relaxed the approach and displays were despite the formality and history of the house itself - a wonderful contradiction.

We came to the museum on a Thursday afternoon, and there were very few other people sharing the space with us.

We were very pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our hours here.

Visited June 2014
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Southington, Connecticut
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“great collection”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

If you have the time you really should stop in here. Just the Norman Rockwell collection alone is worth the price. There are hundreds of other pieces from other illustrators too. Well worth the couple of hours to visit.

Visited June 2014
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