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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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  • We are frequent visitors to the Butler Museum of American Art. New exhibits are always exciting but the permanent collection is just as wonderful to experience. Docents are very knowledgeable and frie...  more »
  • This Institute is very large and there is art all around for the eys to enjoy. I have been there several times, and each time there is something new from before.  more »
  • The Butler Museum is always a great place to go at anytime. There is usually a special artist highlighted  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.