The only revenue The Butler receives to keep its doors open and showcase such a visually-rich collection is from generous donors of the arts like you. Please visit our donate page to learn more.
It is because of these contributions from the community (along with Federal art grants) that the Butler can charge no admission fee for entry to the museum. Go to our Tour page to find our location and learn our hours.
By giving to the Butler, you take part in crafting this American institution and maintaining the integrity of our mission; making you A Part of The Art. Visit the Art page to learn about the Butler Collection and what’s new in exhibitions.
Joseph G. Butler, Jr. founded The Butler Institute of American Art in 1919. The Butler was incorporated and chartered by the State of Ohio. It is the first structure built to house a collection of strictly American works. Margaret Evans appointed the first Director.
Henry Audubon Butler- became President of the Board of Trustees upon death of Joseph G. Butler Jr, the museums founder.
Original McKim, Mead and White building was expanded with the addition of two lower level wings
Joseph G. Butler III became Director
The building designed by McKim, Mead and White is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Institute is expanded with the addition of second floors to the 1931 wing additions.
Louis A. Zona is appointed the Director of The Butler Institute of American Art.
A West Wing addition doubling the square footage of the building is completed. The Hopper Research Library, Sweeney Children's Gallery, Donnell Gallery of Sports Art, and Beecher Court are opened.
With the assistance of the Medici Foundation of Trumbull County, The Butler constructs and opens a Trumbull County branch museum in Howland, Ohio.
33,000 square foot addition Beecher Center is dedicated. It is a joint project with Youngstown State University devoted to electronic and digital art, the first of its kind.
The Andrews Pavilion including Winslow's Café (now Collections Café) and an enlarged gift show is opened.
The Butler purchases the 20,337 square foot First Christian Church located next to the museum for education classes and other future purposes.
Glass bridge construction completed connecting The Butler to The First Christian church next door, leading to newly open Americana exhibitions.
The Butler Institute of American Art's centennial year, celebrating one hundred years of great American art.