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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 - 10:00 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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My dad use to work here

What a historic place to tour. Its haughted....so they say. Take one of the guided tours to learn as much as you can. And yes, my dad worked there when he was 12. He lied about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Brecksville, Ohio
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Brecksville, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

What a historic place to tour. Its haughted....so they say. Take one of the guided tours to learn as much as you can. And yes, my dad worked there when he was 12. He lied about his age. But back then...in the '30's you could get away with it.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Our family loves going to the natural history museum, and are really looking forward to the expanded museum. We have membership passes, which allows us the flexibility to only spend a couple of hours at a time at the museum with our two young kids. The kids especially love the outdoor native Ohio animals exhibit, the dinosaur hall, and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I like that it's small, with toddler and young children. I love the outdoor walkway which is a small zoo that has foxes, otters, coyote....My kids and I skim through the exhibits on our first round and then pace ourselves on the second round. It's a fun place to go to.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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144 reviews 144 reviews
50 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We started our day here. Buying our admission, we told the ticket taker that we wished to also purchase tickets to the planetarium show. She told us to just come back later and show our admission tickets to get the discounted price for that in case we did not want to wait until the 2:30 show time. (This was slightly... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We took our 5 year old here today and she really liked it. She spent a lot of time in the discovery room downstairs. She really liked that. She also liked the otters and dinosaurs. The cafe was closed, so we left to get lunch and came back, your tickets are good for the whole day.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Don't let the size of this wonderful institution fool you! As soon as we walked into the major exhibit on the continents, we were completely entranced. Kudos to whoever set up the dioramas and amassed the associated artifacts. We saw things we had never imagined existed (a necklace made from hummingbird heads!!!) and stunning displays depicting animals in real-life poses.... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Fun, informative and hands on for children. Kind of pricey and not worth it to go if you are child-free.

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Columbus, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Spent the day in University Circle touring museums, History Museum is my favorite. Lots to see and do. I got there too late for the Planatarium which I was looking forward to seeing.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We were looking for something interesting to do while we were in Cleveland for the day and stumbled upon the Natural History Museum. It's not too big, but it's got a vast array of artifacts to look at. Dinosaurs, taxidermy animals (including Balto the dog, which brought back childhood memories of the animated movie), and even a small zoo with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Very nice museum. However, its setup and configuration is more suitable to children visit or children with family. I believe the charge is excessive for what the museum has to offer.

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