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The National Museum of American Illustration

Newport, Rhode Island

The National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island is a definite must-see museum for any Norman Rockwell art enthusiast.

Although not technically a Norman Rockwell museum, the National Museum of American Illustration boasts the second largest collection of Norman Rockwell original paintings. This is in addition to the largest Maxfield Parrish and J.C.Leyendecker collections and more original artwork by many other artists/illustrators of the same period.

All in all, the museum houses the largest collection of original illustration art in the world.

In addition to the collection itself, the mansion that houses the collection is magnificent. The mansion, Vernon Court, was designed and built in 1898 and has been rated one of the ten most beautiful residences in America. The mansion by itself is worth a visit.

The museum was founded in 1998 by Judy Goffman Cutler and Laurence S. Cutler. The Cutlers meticulously restored and modernized the mansion to serve as the perfect backdrop for Judy's expansive art collection.

Great Norman Rockwell Paintings Portfolio

Some of the original Norman Rockwell paintings you might see at the National Museum of American Illustration include:

As you can see from this list, the museum's Rockwell collection encompasses a wide variety of source material from The Saturday Evening Post, The Literary Digest and The Country Gentleman to advertisement paintings.

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Open All Year Long

The Museum's 2011 Summer season rates are: $18 Adults, $16 for Seniors/Military, $15 for Groups (10 visitors or more), $12 for Students (with ID), $8 for Children ages 5-12. (Children under 5 years are not admitted), and NAC/AAM/NEMA Members are admitted Gratis.

The Museum open year-round on Fridays for a Guided Tour at 3pm, and from May 28 to September 4, is open for General Admissions on weekends from 11am- 5pm.

At all other times, Group Tours (10 persons minimum) and private VIP tours (minimum of 4 persons) can be arranged by advance reservation.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your reservations. The museum recommends that you allow 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours to enjoy viewing the exhibits. Parking is available on site.

The admission fee is $18 for adults, $16 for military and seniors, $12 for students (with ID), $8 for children, $10 for groups (10 or more visitors). NAC/ AAM/ NEMA Members are admitted Gratis

The following are not permitted inside the museum: children 5 years or younger, photography, cellular phones, backpacks, large bags, food, drink, gum, and smoking.

Visit the website for complete driving directions.

Call, fax or email for reservations.

The National Museum of American Illustration
Vernon Court
492 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Phone (401) 851-8949
Fax (401) 851-8974

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I also highly recommend a visit to the museum itself. I plan on visiting this venerable Norman Rockwell art mecca myself during the summer of 2010. I look forward to seeing you there.

This museum is not to be confused with another with a similar name, The Society of Illustrators' Museum of American Illustration in New York City

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Norman Rockwell Quotes:

I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.

No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!

Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.

Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.

The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.

I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.

You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.

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Norman Rockwell Christmas and Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving Galleries are open.

Norman Rockwell's painting, A Drum for Tommy or Santa with Drum, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman on 12/17/1921
Norman Rockwell Santa Claus
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