The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown

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  • This is a small museum but it is bigger than it looks. There is some very interesting artwork, but the best part of the visit is the staff! They go out of their way to be helpful and friendly, and.....  more
    This is a small museum but it is bigger than it looks. There is some very interesting artwork, but the best part of the visit is the staff! They go out of their way to be helpful and friendly, and.....  more »
  • Wait! How is it possible that we have not known about this place for years? What a find! A first rate museum dedicated primarily to American art -- sorely needed to open our eyes to our own artistic.....  more
    Wait! How is it possible that we have not known about this place for years? What a find! A first rate museum dedicated primarily to American art -- sorely needed to open our eyes to our own artistic.....  more »
  • WOW!! World class art museum!! One of the best I have been to. This place has a little of everything, surprises around every corner. I highly recommend visiting this museum if you are anywhere near... 
    WOW!! World class art museum!! One of the best I have been to. This place has a little of everything, surprises around every corner. I highly recommend visiting this museum if you are anywhere near...  more »
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  • As someone who enjoys art museums, this one is a must see, especially for kids that like art museums. My son loved all the marble run machines, not sure what they’re actually called. So much beautiful, fun, innovative, unique art. Free entry, leave a donation if you’d like in a box in the entryway. Will definitely come back next time we’re in the area.
  • Very nice variety of artists and artwork. Two full floors. Lots of paintings, some sculptures, and some really neat kinetic pieces. I enjoyed the Native American area. The museum also owns a gothic church next door which is connected by a skywalk. Free parking and free admission.
  • My favorite art gallery in Ohio this far! And it's free!! So many displays, not your normal museum. Glorious range of art, and kinetic art! Definitely recommend spending a few hours here.
  • This was my main purpose of stopping in Youngstown on my way down I-80, and it was well worth it. It was free, but I donated as I didn’t feel right coming through and not giving anything. It’s a museum with many works from famous folk, all (or almost all) by Americans, but not limited to paintings of American landscapes and such (the pièce de resistance is the beautiful In Flanders Fields poppies painting, but what was most surprising to me was that it was painted well before the war according to the placard) including Pollock, Van Gogh, O’Keefe, Rockwell, and Melloncamp, which surprised me. The hours are fairly limited which should be noted, and at my good pace, I walked through all of the exhibits in about an hour and forty-five minutes, though you can definitely take longer or move through more quickly depending on your interest level. The receptionist/greeter was really nice and welcoming, which is perfect for this. Would come again if in NE Ohio again, and would recommend you do too, perhaps if visiting Youngstown State, on which campus the museum is located; go Penguins. Cheers.
  • Had never spent any time in Youngstown but I heard about the Butler so I made it a point to drive over on my last trip to Cleveland. On campus of Youngstown State. Love that due to Covid and arriving right when they first opened I had the place pretty much to myself. FREE admission for all. Not a lot of parking but that was also free (at least when I went. You do have to pass a little booth). Love the idea of a museum full of American artists. Motherwells, couple of Warhols, JS Sargent, AbEx, modern art...something for everyone. All staff I encountered were very pleasant especially in the museum shop. Took my time to enjoy the art (and shopped) and I was still out in just 90 minutes.

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