National Museum of American Illustration, Newport

4.7
#4 of 14 in Museums in Newport
Current Exhibitions at the NMAI:

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

• The American Muse

• Secrets Behind the Wall: The Don Trachte Replicas

• John Rogers: The Norman Rockwell of Statuary
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  • 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 m...  more »
  • Found this museum very interesting. Saw illustrations by Norman Rockwell, Maxwell Parish. very beautiful museum.  more »
  • When I think of illustration, I think of Norman Rockwell. The museum shows that Rockwell, while important, is only one of many who made the work of illustration truly an art form. Made the visit on my...  more »
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  • The largest collection of Maxfield Parrish works anywhere, which is awe-inspiring to see. The collection is remarkable and beautifully exhibited. You are not allowed to take photographs, which is understandable but disappointing nonetheless. Tons of Rockwell, Gibson, and Harrison Fisher, as well. Definitely worth the visit!
  • A treasure. Wonderful and broad collection in a beautiful mansion setting. Many Maxfield Parishes and so much more. Good audio tour. Ample parking. Overall great way to spend a day. Try Groupon for admission
  • I was just at the NMAI last week while on vacation in Newport. My husband discovered it and thought I would be interested. After checking out the website I was intrigued because they highlighted on the website three artists of interest, Violet Oakley, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Jessie Willcox Smith. I was also excited to see a collection like this because I don’t feel that illustrators are ever held at the same level as the masters of fine art. My 3 star rating comes from my mixed feelings of what I experienced when there. The people who worked there were all lovely, the grounds and mansion are stunning, and the collection is impressive. Five stars for that. However, I felt like I couldn’t really enjoy most of the collection. Some pieces were hung so high I could barely see them. Some pieces of art you couldn’t really engaged with because they were in a roped off area. The way the art was lit it caused glare on the work and again this made the work difficult to view. The collection is mostly Rockwell, Parrish, Pyle, etc very much reflective of the time. The three artists I was there to see....Oakley had five pieces, four were hung high and one of those in the roped off library. Unfortunately I was only able to view one because it was propped up on the floor. Smith and Green I stumbled upon on my way out. It would be really nice to see those female illustrators of that time highlighted for once. As an artist and educator I was frustrated that I couldn’t really experience the art the way I’m used to in most museums.
  • Parts of the museum isn't curated, but the exhibits are world class. Free and spectacular. Parking is hard to come by but the metro station is near by. Plenty of food and interests in the area. A bit out of the way from other museums in the National Mall.
  • Highly recommend to visit museum. Rich collection of illustration with historical references.
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