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National Museum of American Illustration

Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-851-8949
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See original works by Normal Rockwell

My wife and I came to Newport, Rhode Island, to see the magnificent Gilded Age mansions--isn't that... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
Take a break from the typical Bellevue Ave. Mansions...head to this Museum!

As a local Rhode Islander, it finally took a friend visiting from Florida for me to discover this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 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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Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-851-8949
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I came to Newport, Rhode Island, to see the magnificent Gilded Age mansions--isn't that why everybody comes to Newport?--but we were pleasantly surprised to see that one of the most interesting attractions of all is the National Museum of American Illustration. Located...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a local Rhode Islander, it finally took a friend visiting from Florida for me to discover this wonderful museum. It was our lucky day because on Fridays at 3 PM, there is a guided tour. Vernon Court, restored to all of its glory, contains...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The other reviews here make it abundantly clear this is a must- not- miss destination. If you have any affection for Leyendecker,Rockwell,Pyle,NC Wyeth,Charles Dana Gibson,or scores of other American illustrators you MUST visit Vernon Court. If you know of none of these artists but appreciate...More

Thank Vincent D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had out of town company and it was a rainy weekend. We stumbled on Vernon court and spent a wonderful few hours here. The docent was very knowledgeable and the audio tour is great. The collection of illustrations is amazing. If you are lucky you...More

2  Thank dermgoddess
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't really like museums, but this was amazing! It is set in a gilded mansion so the setting is enchanting. The works are numerous and too many to remember or count. I even watch the video two times just to take the history all...More

1  Thank jwreed12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You might pass this by but worth a visit if you are in Newport. Vernon Court is gorgeous and the grounds including the adjacent parking are very pretty and peaceful. The current owners have turned it into a Museum with their amazing collection of artwork...More

1  Thank Jean0017
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

The museum of illustration is a treasure. It's housed in a beautiful mansion on Bellevue avenue in Newport. The museum is run by Mr and Mrs Cutler who are illustration art aficionados. There is ample free parking on site. The pre recorded , self guided...More

1  Thank rochelleg709
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Don't leave Newport without a visit to NMAI. They have a great collection of illustration, really fine art and a fantastic audio guide to enlighten you. Highly recommended!

1  Thank ThC0
Reviewed 12 August 2017

We went here only because my sister got us tickets. If you like visual arts and art history, this is the place for you. What held my interest is that they have the largest collection of Norman Rockwell prints outside of the Rockwell museum. Dot...More

1  Thank bogblogger
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The fabulous building alone is worth the visit. Incredible collection of often-underappreciated art. Display and audio guide helped me to understand the place of illustration, art meant to be reproduced for magazines, posters, and books, in the world of creative efforts for manuscript production, public...More

1  Thank naomi1947
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Michael C
7 July 2017|
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Response from Barbara M | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Easy access to parking
Joe F
9 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.
24 April 2015|
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Response from Newpitor | Property representative |
As a historic property, the NMAI is unfortunately not fully handicapped accessible. There are several stairs to enter the Museum, and a flight of stairs to reach the lower level which houses our restrooms, gift shop, and... More