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National Museum of American Illustration

Established in 1998, the National Museum of American Illustration is the nation's only museum devoted exclusively to American illustration artwork. Housed in the beautiful mansion of Vernon Court, whose Gilded Age architectural style is synonomous with the 'Golden Age of American Illustration', the museum's American Imagist collection exhibits works by Norman Rockwell, James Montgomery Flagg and Maxfield Parrish (among many, many others).

The impact of these illustrators on subsequent American artists cannot be underestimated. Working in the days before television, their art, circulated in all major print publications, was not only the primary medium through which members of the American public were exposed to images beyond the ken of their everyday lives, it also created a host of iconic characters (such as Uncle Sam) that have formed an integral part of the American aesthetic ever since. Don't miss out on this opportunity to appreciate some of the art that was essential to the birth of modern American culture as we know it.

Address: 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Website: www.americanillustration.org

Telephone: (401) 851-8949

Opening times: Opening times vary, so call ahead or check the website for specific dates.

Admission: $18 adults, $12 students with ID, $8 children 5-12, children under 5 not permitted. Other concessions are available.