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National Museum of American Illustration

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We were surprised how much we enjoyed this small museum

Wonderful collection that brings depth to American history. The museum also offers occasional... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Blairstown, NJ
Just when you thought you had seen it all

I have been to Newport many times and toured all the mansions run by the preservation society... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wading River, New York
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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
+1 401-851-8949
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank Rod S
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank CheerfulTravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An overlooked gem of a museum with originals by Norman Rockwell and other early and mid-20th century traditional illustrators. The audio tour has a bit too much promotion of the museum's founders and other supporters (i.e., Whoopie Goldberg) than is necessary. Overall, an interesting detour...More

1  Thank cragmoor1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We t here with my wife she loves illustration and I was like I am not really interested, however I was truly amazed at how much I really enjoyed it. There was a self guided tour with headphones and a iPad some really amazing art...More

2  Thank Amazin1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having a sincere appreciation for the arts, I was very interested in checking out this museum and viewing works by Maxwell Parrish and Norman Rockwell. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only is the work on display gorgeous but the stories behind each...More

1  Thank NiraP4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Newport many times and have seen many of the sights but I think this is the best. The building is absolutely exquisite and the artwork is fascinating. The art tells the story of our nation and our culture in ways that...More

1  Thank Roberta C
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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.
16 April 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth L | 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).
16 April 2018|
Response from Jack M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. They have a website and are located in one of the Newport mansions.