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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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A gem, excellent collection, great hosts

We visited with a group of 40 classmates during a class reunion celebration in June... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lauren W
New York, New York, United States
A Hidden Gem!

As sailors, my wife and I find ourselves in Newport at least once a year. A friend recommended the... read more

Reviewed 6 days 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-851-8949
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited with a group of 40 classmates during a class reunion celebration in June 2017. Excellent experience. Fabulous collection of Illustration Art, well-displayed in a beautiful Newport mansion. Our group thoroughly enjoyed the visit, guided by Jim and the hosts / owners Laurence and...More

Thank Lauren W
Reviewed 6 days ago

As sailors, my wife and I find ourselves in Newport at least once a year. A friend recommended the National Museum of American Illustration to us. It’s a hidden gem… a must visit when in Newport. A unique two for one offering, the Museum is...More

Thank WinoRick
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is located, on Bellevue Ave, near the Breakers. and is housed in a beautiful mansion. If you are a fan of Norman Rockwell, Maxwell Parrish or J. C. Leyendecker, as well as many other amazing artists this is a must see..

1  Thank passpartout0726
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend told us to visit this museum and we are glad she did. In one trip you get to enjoy a beautiful garden , an incredible building and some sensational art. It is perhaps two of the best hours we ever spent on vacation....More

1  Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Located in one of the smaller mansions along Newport's mansion row, this museum is very nice and well wort a visit. Similar to the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, a successful businessman with a taste for art built an impressive art collection that is housed in...More

Thank hike_PA
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Utterly fabulous collection and mansion interior. We go once a year as it's like visiting an old friend of whom you never get tired. Not to be missed!

Thank Jeffrey K
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

I couldn't wait to revisit this wonderful museum. Since it's only open to the public on Fridays, we made sure that we arranged our vacation so that we could be in Newport on a Friday. I saw much more this trip or perhaps I just...More

Thank Ashford817
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I visited the National Museum of American Illustrations in the spring of 2016 together with my father. It was all together a fantastic experience for both of us. My father has had a long time passion for Norman Rockwell's work and it was a dream...More

1  Thank mmoltzer
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Video to start was a great introduction. Employees were helpful with extra information that wasn't on the cards beside each art piece.

1  Thank Colleen S
Reviewed 21 January 2017

The tour was great and there was enough to look at all day. It is a great collection of the "Golden Age" of Illustration and includes great variety of this work. A great place to study these masterpieces up close and learn. Comprehensive and inspirational...More

2  Thank Brandon S
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Joe F
Is any sort of photography permitted?
8 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.
Are you wheelchair accessible ?
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