Museum and Art Walk (Self Guided), Youngstown

Youngstown’s rich history and culture is preserved in its wonderful museums. Exhibiting both local and international art in its galleries, specialty museums, including the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, the Arms Family Museum and the Rose Melnick Medical Museum can be found here as well.
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Museum and Art Walk Map

Guide Name: Museum and Art Walk
Guide Location: USA » Youngstown (See other walking tours in Youngstown)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: AudreyB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor
  • McDonough Museum of Art
  • Butler Institute of American Art
  • Arms Family Museum
  • Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum
Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor

1) Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (must see)

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, located in Youngstown, Ohio, preserves the history of the steel industry that dominated the Youngstown area's economic life for much of the 20th century.

The museum is operated by the Ohio Historical Society. The facility, which was designed by noted architect Michael Graves, is reminiscent of a steel mill, complete with stylized smoke stacks.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in 1986. The center opened with temporary exhibits in 1990, and established a permanent collection in 1992.

The center's permanent exhibit, titled "By the Sweat of Their Brow: Forging the Steel Valley," examines the community's industrial past using video, photographs, artifacts, and reconstructed scenes.

Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Open Holidays: 12 pm - 4 pm

(Memorial Day and Christmas Eve from 10 am -3 pm)
Sight description based on wikipedia
McDonough Museum of Art

2) McDonough Museum of Art

The McDonough Museum of Art is a center for contemporary art located on the campus of Youngstown State University (YSU).

Opened in 1991 in a building designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, the museum focuses on contemporary art through exhibits and art education. The origins of the museum begin in 1986 through the donations and efforts of local physician and art collector John J. McDonough, who used proceeds from the sale of his painting Gloucester Harbor by Childe Hassam to fund construction.

The museum features changing exhibitions, installations, performances, and lectures by regional, national and international artists, and also functions as public outreach for the YSU College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Department of Art, exhibiting work by students, faculty and alumni. In addition the museum offers free lectures, performances, and programs organized in collaboration with various departments at the university and the Youngstown community at large.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Butler Institute of American Art

3) Butler Institute of American Art (must see)

The Butler Institute of American Art was the first museum dedicated exclusively to American art.

Established by local industrialist and philanthropist Joseph G. Butler, Jr., the museum has been operating pro bono since 1919. Dedicated in 1919, the original structure is a McKim, Mead and White architectural masterpiece listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional highlights include an iconic depiction of George Washington's wedding, William Gropper's celebrated Youngstown Strike, an interpretation of the area's violent 1937 Little Steel Strike, and Albert Bierstadt's 'Oregon Trail, 1869.

In recent years, the Butler has expanded significantly. A 19,000-square-foot (1,800 m2) south wing, the Beecher Center, was constructed in conjunction with Youngstown State University in 2000 with a focus of uniting technology and art. Two years later, the 3,400-square-foot (320 m2) Andrews Pavilion, featuring a sculpture atrium, gift shop, and café, was added to the rear of the facility. In 2006, the Butler purchased the neighboring First Christian Church facility and converted it into an education and performing arts center.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Arms Family Museum

4) Arms Family Museum

The Arms Family Museum, a part of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, is the former residence of Olive A. and Wilford P. Arms. Depicting the history and traditions of the Mahoning Valley, the first floor features original period rooms with furniture and other personal effects, and the second floor contains exhibitions pertaining to the daily life of Mahoning Valley.
Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum

5) Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum

Clarence R. Smith, born and raised in Youngstown, started his mineral collection in 1959 when he spent the winter in Tucson, Arizona. In 1962, he opened a mineral shop in his barn and in 1970, after Mr. Smith passed away, the collection was moved to Adamas Jewelry & Gifts in Boardman, Ohio. The collection's new home is the Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum, located in the Youngstown State University Department of Geology, where it can be enjoyed by all for years to come.

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