Visit the Norman Rockwell American Scouting Collection at the Medici Museum of Art
The American Scouting Collection, a new exhibition featuring Rockwell originals as well as BSA-themed works by other artists, is now open to visitors at the Medici Museum of Art in Warren, Ohio. The new exhibition marks the first time in history that all 65 of Rockwell’s Scouting paintings have been displayed at the same place and time with a unique app-guided experience that enables visitors to view the collection one painting at a time using your phone and headphones.
The Medici is located halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh – about a day’s drive for 40% of the U.S. population. It is easily accessible from the Ohio and Pennsylvania Turnpikes, as well as I-80 and I-90, both of which are connected by Ohio State Route 11 with an exit near the Museum.The Medici Museum of Art is open 11 am to 4 pm from Wednesday through Sunday.
If you are planning to visit with a Scout unit or large group, make a reservation by calling 330-856-2120. Reservations can also be coordinated if you’d like to visit during the holiday break although availability may be limited. Reservations are not required after the holidays, but because of COVID-safe social distancing protocols, those with reservations are given priority during busy periods.
Admission is free, though donations are encouraged. Masks are mandatory.
Council-coordinated visits are welcome with a few opportunities available including:
- Earn a badge: Museum director Katelyn Amendolara-Russo is registered as a counselor for the Art merit badge. If arranged in advance, she’s happy to take Scouts through a short course and help them complete at least some of the merit badge’s requirements.
- Hold an event: Built into the contract with the museum is the right of any BSA group to have meetings at the museum without charge — unless a museum employee must stay past normal hours, in which case there’s a small fee. During COVID-19, please make sure to follow the advice of your local council and abide by any gathering or travel restrictions to or from the museum https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/