National Museum of American Illustration

492 Bellevue Avenue, Vernon Court, Newport, RI 02840


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The Museum is housed in an 1898 interpretation of an 18th century French chateau, Vernon Court, surrounded by six acres of restored historic gardens and landscape.  

Illustration is art created to be reproduced in books, advertisements, and the media. Unlike other more personal forms of art, illustration tends to have specified parameters, including aesthetics by assignment, publishing deadlines, dictated subject matter, and the restraints of dimensions and format.

The collection is primarily from the 'Golden Age of American Illustration,' although the museum exhibits American illustration from all periods and styles. These art works include many milestone pieces created by artist/illustrators such as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Charles Dana Gibson, Howard Pyle, NC Wyeth, JC Leyendecker, Violet Oakley, and more than 150 other luminaries.

Open: Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day; and year-round by advance reservation for private tours (min. 4 persons)