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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Address: 1 Wade Oval Dr., University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone Number: 216 231 4600
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts
Description: This innovative museum carries out its mission to "help people discover...
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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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

There is a fee to get in. There's parking around Wade Oval. We were here for an event. The museum has interesting exhibits and we were unable to see them all. We missed the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

There is a fee to get in. There's parking around Wade Oval. We were here for an event. The museum has interesting exhibits and we were unable to see them all. We missed the Panetarium show and hopefully we'll return soon.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

One of the finest museums I have visited. Something for all ages . Children are fascinated by it. Wonderful displays.

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Avon, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

There is so much to see at this museum that we have never been able to take it all in on one visit. The whole family enjoys coming here and among the highlights for us include the surprisingly large fossilized dinosaur collection, the excellent gem, mineral, geology exhibits and Balto, the sled dog that famously led a sled team on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We got there when it first opened so, parking was not a problem We have a 15 and 11 yr old daughters. They both loved this museum. My husband and I enjoyed it as well. We spent over 2 hours going through it. They have a live animal exhibit outside. The river otters were very entertaining. We'll be back!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I absolutely love the Natural History Museum! I am not a history buff by any means, but the exhibits and information I absorb from my visits here always intrigue me. So much to learn and pay homage to our evolution and ecosystem. I also enjoy the travelling exhibits as well. I have heard the museum is amazing for special events... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We stopped by the Museum of Natural History on a trip to Cleveland. We were pleasantly surprised at how neat this museum was. Fair warning though, there is a LOT of taxidermy! My two-year old loved the animals (dead or not!). They also have a live animal area outside, so visit on a nicer day to see them. That was... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

My son loves dinosaurs and animals. This place was a fantastic visit, particularly on a snowy day! Live animal show was great, and I never felt crowded by other visitors (even though museum was busy). I also had a good sandwich in the café. I'm glad I got there early so that I could park in the lot right next... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I used to travel by rapid and then shuttle to see this place as I was growing up in Cleveland two to three times a year. It's a fascinating place and so much has been improved over the years. Almost took me to tears to see it again.

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Northeast Ohio
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22 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

On the Sunday following Christmas, my husband and I took our daughter and two grandsons to visit the museum. Our choice of days wasn't the smartest as everyone else with kids seemed to have the same idea of spending the Christmas holiday break viewing the new exhibit, But the museum seemed geared up and ready for the crowd and things... More 

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Jamestown NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We stopped on the way out of town to see the Mastodon exhibit There was no parking (school was canceled lots of kids) So we parked on the street had two hours but that was just about right for my attention span. Would have wanted more if we stayed for IMAX What is great is you can then walk from... More 

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