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National Museum Of American Illustration

492 Bellevue Avenue
401-851-8949

The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) was founded in 1998 by Judy A. G. Cutler and Laurence S. Cutler, to house their art collection from the 'Golden Age of American Illustration.' The Museum venue is Vernon Court (1898), a French chateau mansion from the 'Gilded Age,' designed by Carrere & Hastings, architects of other notable buildings such as the NY Public Library, the US Senate Office Buildings, Lord Duveen's New York Galleries, and the Henry Clay Frick Collection. The three acre grounds were inspired by Henry VIII's gardens for Anne Boleyn at Hampton Court Palace. An adjacent three acres, designed by the first American landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted has been restored and revitalized into The Frederick Law Olmsted Park, along with a Memorial Arch designed by and in honor of Louis I. Kahn, America's greatest architect of the last half of the 20th century. The Arch is currently on hold as our non-profit organization seeks sponsors and donors who will assist in this effort.



Reviews

CtinCt

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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.

Carl Forman

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Incredible exhibit of illustrated art. Great self guided audio tour with detailed info of well known works.

Barbara Roy

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Wonderful experience. Incredible collection of original works cleverly arranged in an exquisite setting.

Shawn guyuron

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Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
Judy and Lawrence Cutler have created a magnificent venue to view a fabulous collection of American illustrators. Everything about this mansion is perfect and the audio tour that took us through the impressive Vernon Court Mansion was delightful. My mom and I took a mother daughter trip and this by far was the highlight of our vacation here in Newport. We were lucky enough to meet Lawrence and Judy and they sure were special. We felt so honored and lucky to pal around with them the remainder of our time there. This was an experience that my mom and I will always remember and treasure. This museum will far exceed your expectations and is a must see!! ❤️

MuellerchenH

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Saturday, June 9, 2018
My friend and I kindly asked if we might use the toilet without purchasing a ticket, but got neglected in a rude way by an elderly woman. Absolutely no kindness and humanity.

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