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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Dr., University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106
216 231 4600
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Ranked #21 of 77 attractions in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Natural History Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: This innovative museum carries out its mission to "help people discover and explore the natural world" through a series of displays involving... more » Owner description: This innovative museum carries out its mission to "help people discover and explore the natural world" through a series of displays involving everything from dinosaur bones to astrological equipment plus "Lucy," one of the oldest skeletons of humanity's earliest ancestors. « less
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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

If you have kids I could totally see this place being fun. But compared to every other natural museum I've been to (Field, Smithsonian, etc) this one feels tiny and doesn't have any unique character. The worst part is that their prime attraction, Lucy, here is a cast and not the original (which is in Ethiopia).

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Jordan, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Often crowded wild children running around and small spaces made for a difficult visit. The dinosaur skeletons were by far the best part, but a very small part of this museum. Lucy, is also located here, but for such a spectacular scientific discovery, it's tucked into a corner, doesn't really stand out and the exhibit is so small, we almost... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Knew we would not spend a full day here, so came at 7pm on Wednesday--late night is open until 10. Paid discount price of $6 per person. Did not purchase the food/adult drink option. Not crowded, but certainly not empty either. Kids liked the hands-on computer screens. We missed the Discovery place in the basement--we were unaware it closed at... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This museum definitely needs some updating and more interesting exhibits. We weren't impressed with this museum at all.

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Cambridge UK
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I would say that this museum would be perfect for the younger family - masses of intriguing exhibits and close to a couple of other museums to fill a rainy Saturday. $12 for adults and $10 for kids means it might not be a cheap visit, but "Nature's Mating Games: Beyond the Birds & the Bees" was a wonderful and... More

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Strongsville, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Took 2-grandchildren aged 5 and 8. Museum is located in University Circle area which has a lot of other museums and things to do (within walking distance). Parking lot is immediately adjacent to museum, timed parking and pay as you leave ($6 for me). Parking also available on street at meter if available. AAA or Ohio Buckeye card will get... More

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

A recent visit to Cleveland Museum of Natural History proved so rewarding with our granddaughters, ages 2 and 5, that we joined on the spot! Easy parking at midday on a Sunday and a reasonably priced, kid-friendly eatery started our adventure to the planetarium with a delightful celestial movie starring Big Bird and ELMO (2-yr-old was in heaven!) followed by... More

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Frisco, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The staff works very hard to educate and entertain children, and offers a great product. All parents should expose their kids to this urban treasure.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

The exhibits are current with the displays of local wildlife and artifacts. The museum has a Planetarium with shows scheduled throughout the days. A suggestion is to schedule your visit according to the planetarium shows. The museum has a coat room for the guest which is unsupervised by the museum staff. Parking is located next to the museum for easy... More

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Take your kids take your date take yourself. Learn from the past and see some hiddon treasures of life.

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