Wandering through an art museum can be like taking a tour of the entire human experience, evoking everything from carefree scenes of childhood to intense hunger for a bowl of fruit. Eat up the arts with today's Groupon to The Butler Institute of American Art. Choose from the following options:
- For $17, you get a one-year individual membership (a $35 value).
- For $22, you get a one-year membership for two people (a $45 value).
- For $5, you get $10 worth of merchandise from the museum gift shop.
The Butler Institute of American Art showcases works from across four centuries, from early oils to modern holography, within a landmark building that dates to 1919. Home to Winslow Homer's famed Snap the Whip, the permanent collection spreads through the warmly lit galleries in chronological order, comprising significant pieces from the Hudson River School, American Impressionist, and East Ohio Finger Painter movements. Special exhibits spotlight themes throughout American art history, such as maritime scenes, or delve deeper into the work of individual artists. Membership puts you or you and a friend on the guest list for special events and artist openings and extends discounts to the museum shops and museum-sponsored classes in artistic techniques, such as working with oils or smoothly gliding through elevator conversation.
Staffed by dedicated volunteers, the Butler Institute's gift shop offers greeting cards, reproductions, and one-of-a-kind handmade works to adorn the home and body. Pick up an art-flavored toy to extend the learning expedition through the car ride home ($5 and under), or a trio of picturesque postcards ($2) to congratulate and edify this summer's Olympic archery medalists.