Museum and Art Walk in Youngstown, 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 in Youngstown Map

Guide Name: Museum and Art Walk in Youngstown
Guide Location: USA » Youngstown (See other walking tours in Youngstown)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: AudreyB
Star Gallery at Oakland Center for the Arts

1) Star Gallery at Oakland Center for the Arts

The Star Gallery at Oakland Center for the Arts is a part of Youngstown's only community theater and art gallery. Located on W. Boardman Street, unique photography exhibitions and other local artwork is featured in this wonderful gallery.
Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor

2) 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)

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Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum

3) 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.
McDonough Museum of Art

4) 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.

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Butler Institute of American Art

5) 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

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Arms Family Museum

6) 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.
Rose Melnick Medical Museum

7) Rose Melnick Medical Museum

The Rose Melnick Medical Museum, opened in 2001, features a collection which includes medical equipment and informative installations on the topics of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, as well as themed temporary exhibitions. It is named in honor of Youngstown radiologist Dr. John C. Melnick, who also founded the museum. Admission is free.

Walking Tours in Youngstown, Ohio

Create Your Own Walk in Youngstown

Create Your Own Walk in Youngstown

Creating your own self-guided walk in Youngstown is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Buildings Walk in Youngstown, Part 1

Religious Buildings Walk in Youngstown, Part 1

Youngstown is a haven for those who love religious architecture, from Colonial Revival to stone fortress-like churches, the city contains a wide variety. Take the following tour to discover Youngstown’s most beautiful religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

As a part of the U.S. “Rust Belt” region, Youngstown suffered major decline in the 1970s. Today, despite that decline, the city offers an array of cultural and recreational facilities owing to which in 2012 it was declared by Forbes the 4th best city in Ohio for raising a family. The range of local attractions has grown in recent years, seeing among the newest additions the Covelli Centre in the downtown area, a number of sport venues and more. Follow this orientation walk to discover some of the best attractions Youngstown has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Religious Buildings Walk in Youngstown, Part 2

Religious Buildings Walk in Youngstown, Part 2

A multicultural city, Youngstown is home to a variety of beautiful religious edifices, many of them red brick buildings with lovely arched doors and windows. Take the following tour to discover Youngstown's splendid collection of religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Youngstown for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Youngstown has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Youngstown, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.