The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown

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The Butler Institute of American Art, located on Wick Avenue in Youngstown, Ohio, United States, was the first museum dedicated exclusively to American art. Established by local industrialist and philanthropist Joseph G. Butler, Jr., the museum has been operating pro bono since 1919. Dedicated in 1919, the original structure is a McKim, Mead and White architectural masterpiece listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Among the most celebrated works in the Butler's permanent collection is Winslow Homer's Snap the Whip, a famed tribute to the era of the one-room schoolhouse. Winslow; however, painted two versions of Snap the Whip, with the other version residing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The two paintings differ, with the Butler's version of Snap the Whip having mountains in the background, while the Metropolitan's does not. In 2007, the museum acquired the Norman Rockwell painting Lincoln the Railsplitter for $1.6 million. The previous owner of the 84.5 by 44.5 inch painting was businessman and former presidential candidate Ross Perot. Other aspects of the nation's past are captured in a unique collection of paintings featuring southwestern Native Americans, which were once part of Joseph Butler's personal collection.
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  • Interactive displays, permanent collections, children's museum, cafĂ©, friendly docents and just a very calming enjoyable atmosphere.  more »
  • This is such a great and exciting place to go to and see such fine and amazing art from past and current artits from around the world. Great for family trips as well as going alone to really spend tim...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the BIAA. Even if a person is not an "art" lover, there is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. A docent led tour helps a person get more out of the Institut...  more »
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  • I love visiting The Butler Institute of Art. We took our granddaughter this time. She enjoyed it as well. The life-like sculpture we're a little creepy to her but, but I still think she liked them. If you like art I recommend a visit.
  • Youngstown's crown jewel. A world-class art museum. Free and open to the public.
  • Great gem of an art museum. Nicely laid out with many different types of art exhibitions. We will return!
  • It's a very complete museum with amazing showings. Last time we went there was a guitar exposition that really capture our attention. And the best thing it's free.
  • A good small museum. A diverse collection. I really enjoyed the visiting medieval to Metal guitar show.

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