The Butler Institute of American Art prides itself as a center for cultural enrichment. The primary educational program is its extensive collection of the art of America spanning three centuries. To walk through the Butler permanent collection galleries is a walk through the history of our country. The collection inspires educational activities for the whole family from tours and gallery activities through art classes for children and adults based upon the art and artists of America’s past and present. Unique programs bring the Butler collection to schools, nursing homes and community organizations. The Butler’s motto can be seen above the front doors and was created by the founder, 100 years ago Pro Bono Publico…For The Public Good. The wide range of Butler educational programming is assisted greatly by the museum’s docent program which educates dozens of community leaders who provide tours and outreach efforts in the community.
Discover all there is for you at The Butler with a docent guided tour of the museum. Learn about the stories behind the art, the kinds that stir a child-like curiosity. See the galleries in a new light with the conceptual inspiration not commonly mentioned and captivating themes pushing the boundaries of art. Take this expedition with a class from school, a club you are a member of, an organization you are a part of, family members interested in learning, and so many more groups.
Tours are led by educated Butler docents with an enthusiasm for art and teaching. Free docent-guided tours are offered without prior reservations Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm – 2pm. Tours for groups may be arranged Tuesday through Sunday, free of charge, by calling 330.743.1107 ext. 1102.