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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 #24 of 73 Attractions in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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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.

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Mississauga, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I'm not much for museums but I went with my two daughters, aged 9 and 11, and we stayed for 5 hours on Sunday. My one daughter loves elephants and she loved seeing the comparison of elephants to mammoths and mastadons in the new exhibit. There are so many exhibits here, covering a wide variety of topics from science, gems,... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We've enjoyed this museum greatly. We even got a membership. It's not the largest, but it has interesting exhibits and an incredibly friendly staff. If you live locally the membership is a great idea. We've really enjoyed the members events. The little cafe they have is fantastic. We actually look forward to eating there every time we visit. Plus your... More

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Macedonia, Ohio
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320 reviews 320 reviews
108 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I came to see the mammoths and mastodons exhibit and was pleasantly surprised with it. I found myself more interested than I predicted. There were lots of things to touch and the fifth grader in me was delighted. I also especially liked the outdoor wildlife section. The weather was warm enough for the animals to be active and it was... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It's not the Smithsonian. It's not the American Museum of Natural History in NY. But it's an excellent mid sized museum for all ages. Has something for everyone; dinosaurs, rocks and gems, earthquake simulator and a very good planetarium. The gift shop is fairly large and carries items of interest for all ages. There is an activity room for young... More

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Ohio
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201 reviews 201 reviews
21 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This museum offers a mix of permanent and special-feature exhibits. It has enough cross-generational material to support a family visit and mixes well over the variety. This is also a working research site, and that aspect of their contributions is nsometimes noted. If you're from this area, periodic revisits are appropriate. Their cafeteria and gift shop are also appropriate -... More

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Macomb, Michigan
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141 reviews 141 reviews
47 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

My boyfriend and I were on a road trip and being a history buff... my boyfriend wanted to stop at the Museum, and I was pretty excited to see some Dinosaur fossils. When we got there, parking was $8, which wasn't a big deal, then when we got in, admission was only $12 a piece, which I thought was a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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33 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is very well laid out. The exhibits flow in a circle around the building so instead of picking and choosing which hall to visit you flow through all of the main exhibit halls. It is not as impressive as the Field Museum in Chicago or the Smithsonian in D.C. but it is nice. I... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

I live in Indianapolis and my in-laws live here in Cleveland. Every year I teach Balto to my kids and we learn about the Iditarod. I was super excited to learn that Balto was in Cleveland. We worked the museum into our trip months in advance and I was horribly dissapointed in the exhibit. He's there all right...with a small... More

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Krakow, Poland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It is a nice museum, but do not expect anything extraordinary (nothing to compare with the Smithsonian museum in DC). They have a cool planetarium though!

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Great museum The exhibits on science, animals, dinosaurs , apes, marine life and rare gem stones was Interesting and knowledgeable. A must visit when in the area.

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