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Sunken Courtyard

sunken courtyard
Visitors comingled in three of our five new lower level galleries and overflowed into the Sunken Sculpture Court adjacent to the MuseShop for cool drinks and light fare
Award-Winner Mary Jane Begin's Exhibition 'Willow Buds' Extended Through
September 1st 2008

MJB PresentationThe National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is pleased to announce the extension of  the exhibition 'Willow Buds' which will now conclude on
September 1  2008

Mary Jane Begin shares the histroy of The Wind in the Willows with NMAI visitors

Ms. Begin's show is the first exhibition featuring a contemporary illustrator to be hosted by the NMAI.  The opening, book signing, and lecture were all great successes attracting many new visitors to the museum and plaudits for the illustrator and her work.

We invite you to view these extraordinary examples of contemporary illustration on display in the NMAI's five new lower galleries.

Book Signing
Signed copies of Mary Jane Begin's books are available in our MuseShop. Original illustrations are available to purchase with a portion of proceeds going to our non-profit orginization the American Civilization Foundation to support our endowment fund and facilities restoration.

For more information on Mary Jane Begin and her upcoming 'Willow Buds' series visit:

Ms. Begin signs books for very serious museum visitors


2008 SEASON - NEW ADMISSIONS POLICYJ.C. Leyendecker cover for the <I>Post</I> 1926, New Year;s Baby
From May 24 through September 1 the Museum will open on a General Admissions basis on Saturdays (10:00am to 4:00pm) and (Sundays 11:00am to 4:00pm), closing at 4:45pm. A guided tour will be held every Friday at 2:00pm by advance reservations. Call 401-851-8949 x18 for reservations and tour availability.

Please Note Well: Children ages 5 to 12 are now permitted entry, but only if they are vouchsafed by parents or guardians as being 'well-behaved'.  Proper dress is required at all times. Photography, cellular phones, backpacks, large bags, food, drink, gum, and smoking are not permitted in the museum. Visitors may be asked for photo identification at any time at the discretion of museum staff.


Individual Admission..........................$25

Senior Citizens (60 and over)
Military Personnel (with ID)..................$22

Students (with ID)...............................$15

Children (5 to 12)................................$10

Admiring fan flatters the illustrator

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The Museum is open year-round for visitors and group tours by advance reservation.
Tickets: $25. Group Tours, Seniors (60+), and Military w/id: $22. Students w/id: $15. Children ages 5 to 12: $10. Children ages 5 to 12 are permitted, only if they are vouchsafed by parents or guardians as being 'well-behaved'.
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For More Information, Contact:

nmai logoCatherine Smith
National Museum of American Illustration
492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
T: 401-851-8949 ext.18. F: 401-851-8974,

The National Museum of American Illustration is a nonprofit, independent, educational and aesthetic organization. It is located in Newport, RI, on Bellevue Avenue at Vernon Court (1898), a Carreré and Hastings designed Beaux-Arts adaptation of an 18th century French chateau. It is the first national museum devoted exclusively to American illustration art. Illustration consists of original artwork created to be reproduced in books, magazines, newspapers, and advertisements. 'Golden Age' paintings by such luminaries as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth, JC Leyendecker, and 75 others are displayed in 'Gilded Age' architecture, creating a unique union of architecture and art - a national treasure. The Museum is administered by the American Civilization Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the goal to present the best possible venue for appreciating the greatest collection of illustration art - the most American of American art.

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