The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, in Mohoning County is a wonderful travel destination for people of all ages with an appreciation for art. The Butler Institute of American Art was dedicated in 1919 and is the first museum of American art. They have over 20,000 separate works of art so they definitely have something that will please everyone’s eyes.
The Permanent Collect and Exhibitions
In the permanent collect of the Butler Institute of American Art you will find gorgeous oil on canvas paintings such as early American artist James Peale’s Still Life with Grapes and Apples on a Plate. Another, stunning oil on canvas painting you will discover during your tour is Ship Starlight painted by the very talented artist Fitz Hugh Lane. Along with the permanent collection you will also be able to see other artist’s exhibitions that are at the museum for a limited time only such as Jedd Novatt’s Chaos series that began January 17, 2010 and will end January 2, 2011. His exhibition consists of five sculptures that are in bronze.
You will See More than Just Paintings and Sculptures at this Museum
The Butler Institute of American Art isn’t just another typical museum with wall of paintings. Even though this museum has many wonderful painting and sculptures that make it an interesting place to explore, it also has much more to offer its visitors. When I toured this museum for the first time I didn’t expect it to be such a memorable experience but it was because it was the first time I ever saw holography. You can also experience these fascinating works of art that utilize holography, computers and lasers at the Beecher Center located in the south wing of the Butler Institute of American Art.
There is No Fee to Have a Great Day at the Butler Institute of American Art
After you are finished touring the museum you can shop for souvenirs at the Butler Museum Gift Shop. You can purchase items such as reproductions of paintings from the museum’s permanent collections, greeting cards, jewelry and pottery. When you buy a souvenir the gift shop’s earnings help Butler educational programs so you can feel good about your purchase. You and your family can visit the Butler Institute of American Art Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. On Sunday you can also visit the museum from noon to 4 pm. It is closed on Monday and all major holidays. The museum operates solely on donations from the community and it is completely free of charge to tour the museum so everyone can still enjoy the all of the impressively beautiful artwork that the Butler Art Institute of American Art has to offer even if they are on a tight budget.
The Butler Institute of American Art