Cleveland Museum of Art

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Key Info

11150 East Boulevard

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This art museum may be small, but it competes with the best of them, drawing more than 550,000 visitors from around the world each year. Founded in 1913 "for the benefit of all the people forever," The Cleveland Museum of Art currently houses nearly 45,000 pieces of artwork spanning 6,000 years. The exhibits are arranged in chronological order and include photographs, paintings, sculptures, objects and installations by world-renowned artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. There are also special exhibits and events, such as Parade the Circle and the Solstice summer music festival, hosted by the museum annually.    

Past museumgoers have nothing but good things to say, with many lauding the museum for its extensive collection of world-class art. The majority praise the CMA's huge and impressive selection of modern and contemporary works, specifically the paintings, while others highly recommend visiting the museum restaurant and resting your legs in the atrium. What's more, kids will enjoy the hands-on art activities offered in Studio Play.

The museum is located in the Wade Oval Park in University Circle just 5 miles east of downtown. The easiest way to get to the museum is by taking the rail's Red Line toward Windermere. Get off at the Cedar-University Station and hop on the free Circle Link shuttle bus, which will stop directly in front of the museum. The BRT's Healthline route runs from the downtown area to University Circle and the museum also has its own parking garage. Admission to the museum is free for all ages, although some special exhibits may require a small fee. The museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; it's closed on Mondays. For more information on current exhibits and events, visit the Cleveland Museum of Art's website.   

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More than 21,000 acres of nature preserves make up Cleveland's extensive metropolitan park system. There are 18 parks and reservations throughout the Cleveland area that offer a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, fishing, boating, horseback riding and more. Visitors can learn about the reservations at any of the 10 nature visitors centers or partake in group programs like animal tracking and nature explorers. Bring lunch and rest your legs in the picnic areas located throughout the parks.

Although all the reservations provide endless amounts of outdoor fun and gorgeous scenery, the Rocky River Reservation and North Chagrin Reservation come highly recommended from past visitors who said the views were incredible and the nature sightings were aplenty. Many reported seeing a variety of ducks, frogs and birds. The thousands of trails are also great for walks, hikes and bike rides. The Lakefront, Brookside and Washington reservations are within the downtown Cleveland area, and are convenient alternatives if you don't feel like making the trek to the Rocky River and North Chagrin reservations.

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