• The Butler Institute of American Art, East Elevation


Founded in 1919 by Joseph G. Butler, Jr., the Butler Institute is the first museum of American art. The original structure, dedicated in 1919, is a McKim, Mead and White architectural masterpiece listed on the National Register of Historic places. The Butler’s mission is to preserve and collect works of art in all media created by citizens of our country. The Institute’s holdings now exceed 20,000 individual works, and the Butler is known worldwide as “America’s Museum.” View the Butler Collection

The Butler is located in Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County, and receives no revenues from the city or county. The Butler charges no admission fee at the main location or at its branch museum, and relies on contributions from the community and the nation to meet its cultural mission. How you can help

The Beecher Center, housed in the south wing of the Butler’s Youngstown location, is the first museum addition dedicated solely to new media and electronic art. The facility regularly displays works of art that utilize computers, holography, lasers and other digital media. The Beecher Center houses the Zona Auditorium, a digital media theater designed for performance art and high-definition film presentations.

The Butler Art also operates a satellite facility in nearby Trumbull County. The Butler’s Trumbull branch, funded in part by Foundation Medici, focuses on important international artists whose works have profoundly influenced America, as well as exhibitions of works by contemporary master painters and sculptors. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Butler.


Today At The Butler

Legislative News

Great news! President Obama has signed the bill making the IRA Charitable Rollover a permanent feature of the tax code, effective immediately. The IRA Rollover had expired on December 31, 2014, but is now retroactively reinstated for all of 2015 as well as for future years. The provision allows individuals 70 ½ and older to donate up to $100,000 tax-free from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) directly to charities.




• STROLLER ART:  An informal gallery tour at 10:00 a.m. the first Thursday of each month (excluding June, July, & August) for parents or caregivers with stroller – aged infants in tow up to 24 months old.  The tour is followed by coffee or tea in the museum Collections Café.

• YOUNG FRIENDS ADVENTURE:  10:00 a.m. the second Thursday of each month (excluding June, July, & August) youth visitors ages 2-5 and their parents/caregivers will join us to share special illustrated children’s picture books and art in the galleries. Enjoy looking, learning, listening, sharing and artful fun while nurturing a love for art and reading. Children will conclude the adventure with an art activity.

• SENIOR ART AND LEARN: 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month (excluding June, July, & August) senior citizens can enjoy a docents guided tour focusing on particular works of art from a featured exhibition. Each gallery experience encourages “slow looking”, the opportunity to learn about one (1) or two (2) works of art in depth for about thirty minutes.  Afterwards, enjoy a light breakfast and discussion with your friends and museum docent in the Collections Café. Breakfast reservations must be made ahead of time and scheduled through the Education Department.  Please call 330.743.1107 ext 115 or 114 or email

 The Butler’s FREE Arts In the Early Morning programs are arranged by the Education Department (330-743-1107, ext. 114 or 115) and funded by: The Dominion Foundation, The Howard and Jeanne Karr Charitable Foundation, The Kiwanis Club of Youngstown, and the Schwebel Family Foundation.