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The Butler Institute of American Art

524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Youngstown
Type: Art Museums
Traveler Description: This free museum focuses on American art from colonial times to the present.  The collection is displayed in chronological order and is very... more »
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Next to the Whitney Gallery in New York City this is the world's most prestige collection of American artists. Tucked on the hill next to YSU, an art officiendos must see just off Rte 680/ near Rte 80 and the Pa and Ohio Turnpikes. The likes of snobs like Rauschenberg and nice guys like Tony Bennett came off the beaten... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This museum is well worth a few hours of your time. The opening hours are limited, but don't let this deter you. You probably won't need more than a couple of hours to browse the diverse collection of American art. It is staffed with a friendly bunch of volunteers and though it is free, I recommend putting a good donation... More

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Youngstown
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The museum is by far the gem of the Mahoning valley. It has important works from important American painters and the museum is well organized, meaning you can pretty much take a chronological journey for American art simply by taking the correct route. Visitors will find Warhol, Rockwell, Cassatt, Close, Wood, Hopper, Singer-Sargent, Wyeth, and many other notable American artists... More

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Montecito, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
42 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Who knew that Youngstown had such a great museum! Two buildings, make sure you see both of them. This was well worth a good hour.

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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Few museums are dedicated just to American art (and this was the first). We enjoyed ourselves from our first glimpse of the McKim Mead and White marble building. The paintings inside are extensive, from the most famous - Winslow Homer's "Cracking the Whip" - through various Hudson School painters to contemporary painters. This was a real find for us, and... More

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326 reviews 326 reviews
62 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

The Butler has a decent permanent collection. It's focus is American art, with the balance tilting to more contemporary art. When we visited there were several shows. The William Wegman photographs and videos were excellent; the Kim Novak pastels was almost howlingly bad. But my overall impression of this museum is a favorable one. An added bonus:There is no admission... More

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Silver Lake, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We visited the museum recently specifically to see the Maurice Sendak exhibit. The exhibit was not particularly child-friendly, and there were no staff members to help us navigate the museum. Also, the blurbs next to each art piece were full of typos and misspellings. We will stick to the Akron and Cleveland museums from now on.

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Cleveland
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121 reviews 121 reviews
77 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We went to Youngstown specifically to see the Maurice Sendak exhibit that's currently on display. Because it was free, we figured that it wouldn't matter if we just saw the exhibit and left if our kids got antsy. As it happened they were not only impressed with that exhibit but incredibly fascinated by everything the museum had to offer. Every... More

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Poland, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The Butler is a premier American Art Museum!! Art from Winslow Homer, Vonnah, Norman Rockwell and so many more. Plan to spend SEVERAL hours if you appreciate American Art. Located next to the Youngstown State University campus, this gallery will surprise you!! It is rated just behind the Guggenheim in New York for the collection and venue !

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Youngstown, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My son and I went there the other day during Family Day. Great artwork and huge portfolio to wander through. I have also been there for a wine tasting and it was a really good time.

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