Founded in 1998 by Judy Goffman Cutler and Lawrence S. Cutler, the National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) holds a collection of art focusing on the “Golden Age” of American Illustration. The collection contains many pieces by such important illustrators of the early 20th century as Norman Rockwell, Howard Pyle, and N.C. Wyeth, but also has examples from all periods in the history of American illustration.
The NMAI is housed in Vernon Court, a 19th century manor designed by the Carrere & Hastings Company. The surrounding grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and have been renovated and renamed in his honor.
In addition to collecting and then exhibiting the illustrations in its collection, the NMAI restores and researches its works, with the goal of bringing the work of America’s great illustrators to greater prominence in the larger world of visual art.
National Museum of American Illustration Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Hours are seasonal and are announced on website; Winter visits are by appointment only.
- Admission: Adults, $18; Seniors/Military, $16; Groups (per person, 8 or more visitors), $15; Students, $12, Children (5 to 12), $8; NAC, AAM, NEMA members, free.
- Tours: Tours are available only on certain days of the week (see website for seasonal hours), and require advance reservations with a deposit.