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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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If you love Norman Rockwell - this is a must see museum

They have limited hours on the off season, so check the website before your visit. I was totally... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2015
Marcy W
Quentin, Pennsylvania
A fabulous collecting in a beautiful setting!

Shortly after I arrived I soon realized that I knew basically knew nothing about this medium. it... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2015
Middletown, Rhode Island
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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 24 September 2015

They have limited hours on the off season, so check the website before your visit. I was totally thrilled to tour this mansion as I adore the work of Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post. I also have a new found respect for J.C....More

1  Thank Marcy W
Reviewed 24 September 2015

Shortly after I arrived I soon realized that I knew basically knew nothing about this medium. it was an amazing collection, well placed and the building it is housed in is a beautiful well maintained property. Their hours are very limited, so I was very...More

Thank Eleanor02842
Reviewed 9 September 2015

I have to be honest, I had low expectations for this museum. When I bought a 2 for 1 Groupon deal for a museum on Museum Row in Newport I figured it might be a cheap way to check out one of the cool buildings,...More

1  Thank LaurenR87
Reviewed 7 September 2015

We had a wonderful tour of the impressive Vernon Court Mansion. The collection of original art works done by the great american illustrators was truly impressive. Superior even to the national gallery of the Smithsonian. The staff was courteous , friendly, and knowledgeable. Overall an...More

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 25 August 2015

I would love to have seen this museum. Unfortunately, the museum seems to keep rather sporadic hours. On days when they are going to be open, they put a green “open” flag out front. We were not fortunate enough to see the green flag wave...More

2  Thank Miles392
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Fascinating historical collections of American illustrators including Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and many others. A less well known museum, well worth your time. Knowledgeable and helpful staff. Children under age 4 not permitted. Probably wouldn't interest young children anyway.

Thank Deborah1231
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Works by N C Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Leyendecker etc. On 2 floors plus great gift shop, historic mansion.

Thank srhahm
Reviewed 20 August 2015 via mobile

This was very interesting. There is a very good representation of illustrators and the mansion is very nice as well. It is as others have said very crowded on the walls with a very cluttered presentation of art. However, it does have a very good...More

Thank djjr
Reviewed 16 August 2015

This museum has an excellent representation of either original art or posters from all our favorite illustrators, and housed in a magnificent smaller mansion. Don't miss the basement level additional museum. Restrooms are in the basement in the corner of the giftshop. You will relive...More

2  Thank yahootraveler64
Reviewed 16 August 2015

My husband and I visited the museum, and it was a great experience. The collection of classic American illustration is large. Don't miss the downstairs exhibition. We waited for the tree o'clock tour and found it informative and fun. Certainly worth visiting if you like...More

1  Thank Alisa S
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Michael C
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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