National Museum of American Illustration, Newport

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Current Exhibitions at the NMAI:

•Norman Rockwell & His Contemporaries: Fabulous Forties to Sensational Sixties

• American Illustration and the First World War

• Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration

• The American Muse

• John Rogers: The Norman Rockwell of Statuary
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  • We have been there several times. The film is excellent, the collection is outstanding. One of our favorite museums. Parking right off of Bellevue Ave is very good. Unfortunately because of... 
    We have been there several times. The film is excellent, the collection is outstanding. One of our favorite museums. Parking right off of Bellevue Ave is very good. Unfortunately because of...  more »
  • This house was formerly known as Vernon Court. The current owners made it into the national museum of American Illustration. Interesting place. House was once considered of of the ten most beautiful.....  more
    This house was formerly known as Vernon Court. The current owners made it into the national museum of American Illustration. Interesting place. House was once considered of of the ten most beautiful.....  more »
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  • Our interest in Norman Rockwell compelled us to add this "must see" exhibit. A valued stop any trip Newport.
  • This museum houses a nice collection of illustration art. The museum itself is in one of the Newport mansions so you feel like you're getting a 2 for the price of 1 outing. The history of the mansion is detailed along with the art. After paying, you watch a brief introductory movie which gives a general overview of the collection. Then each visitor gets a tablet with headphones which serves as a guide as you walk the rooms and look at the art. It's great because you can read or listen while you walk along at your own pace. This is helpful because the mansion is crammed full of artwork and it gives the visitor time to absorb it all. One of the most extraordinary aspects of the experience is how close you are to all of the art and furniture. It's very much honor system based as far as not touching the art. While I respected the no touching, I LOVED that I was able to step up close and get to see all of the details in the majority of the pieces. If you are in Rhode Island, I highly recommend stopping by this amazing museum.

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