The National Museum of American Illustration is one of many world class art museums located in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island, and just a few minutes from our inn.
The museum, founded in 1998 by Judy Goffman Cutler and Laurence S. Cutler, is home to famous art collections from the ‘Golden Age of American Illustration,’ which falls between 1895-1945.
The museum is located in Vernon Court, an 18th century French chateau from the Gilded Age of architecture. The mansion was designed by the famed architects Carrére & Hastings, who are also famously known for designing the New York Public Library and the US Senate and House Office Buildings, among many others.
The Museum’s American Imagist Collection is one of the largest collections in the world, and it features an array of masterpieces of illustration art.
The illustrations displayed throughout the museum represent how Americans view or viewed themselves both socially and culturally. The visuals evoke responses from the past, present, and future audiences. Whether you’re an avid art appreciator or a newcomer to art, American Illustration offers history, relevancy, and beautiful nostalgic pieces that display meaningful content.
Famous pieces from Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, and N.C. Wyeth are just some of the renowned American Illustrators that you’ll see displayed throughout the museum.
When To Visit
The museum is open year-round, offering free parking and self guided, group guided, and privately guided tours. Tours typically last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
During the summer season hours (Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day) the museum is open for self guided tours Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 11:00am and 5:00pm, and guided tours on Fridays at 3:00pm.
During the off season hours (Labor Day – Memorial Day Weekend) the museum is open for self guided tours on Fridays between 11:00am and 5:00pm, and guided tours on Fridays at 3:00pm.
In addition to the museum’s regular hours, they are open year-round for Group Tours consisting of 4 or more people, Private VIP Tours, and Private Founder’s Tours with prior reservation.
The museum’s admission rates are as follows:
Seniors (60+) and Military: $16
Groups (6 or more): $15 per person
Children (5 to 12 yrs): $8
Private VIP Tours: $100 per person
Private Founder’s Tours: $250 per person
AAM and NEMA Members: Gratis
How To Get There From the Inn
Located less than 5 minutes away from our Inn, the National Museum of American Illustration is an ideal place to visit for any art lover. Click here for directions.