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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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12:00 pm - 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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Loved the dinosaurs

The dinosaur exhibits were fantastic. The museum displays are a little dated, but the artifacts are well worth the visit. We were surprised to learn there was a live animal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Gardners, Pennsylvania
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Gardners, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The dinosaur exhibits were fantastic. The museum displays are a little dated, but the artifacts are well worth the visit. We were surprised to learn there was a live animal section outside within the museum that you could walk through. It was a fun break to walk outside and see the hawks, eagles, deer, and other forest creatures. The dinosaurs... More 

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Crestwood, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

After driving around for half an hour we finally found somewhere to park. The museum is so small, we went through the whole building in an hour. $14 per person to admission when it should be free....total disappointment.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This was my first visit to the Natural History Museum . I enjoyed the museum and the dinisour exhibit had just opened that day. Give the exhibit about a week or two to get settled and then go and have a blast.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I went here and the exhibits are not interesting at all. The saddest part was the animal cages. In each cage the animals had actual cardboard as part of their enclosure. It was sad. All the animals looked sad. You actually see cages like a dog cage in their enclosure. The whole thing just made me extremely sad. Avoid at... More 

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Port Clinton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

My boyfriend and I visited today. Parking is $8 for the first 2 1/2 hours and $1 each additional 30 mins. That will be plenty of time for you if you are just walking through the museum. The taxidermy room is pretty cool, you can see the actual size of animals you may never see live. The dinosaur rooms are... More 

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Akron, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I remember walking through this museum as a young child and thought it was huge and loved the stuffed animals when you first walked in. Not much has changed but it still brings a big small on my face. The dinosaur exhibit is great with all the major dinosaurs any child should know and they had a nice exhibit about... More 

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Rew, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

My niece was really looking forward to visiting, but we came away somewhat disappointed. If you want to see plenty of stuffed animals, this is the place. My niece and I enjoyed the displays and activities involving plate tectonics, including a simulated 5.0 earthquake. And the exhibit on sauropods had some clever features. The rest seemed uninspired. We were out... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Due to mixed reviews, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has never been a choice destination for me; but after I spent a lovely afternoon there, I formed my own decisively positive opinion of it: 5 stars! Their new exhibit, featuring recreations of the world’s largest dinosaurs, is by itself, worth the admission fee; but there is definitely more to... More 

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Roy, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I really enjoyed the museum it's in University Circle so if you have time do go around to the Cleveland Art Museum another fantastic find in Cleveland. The museum is nicely laid out, the exhibits are clearly presented with much detail and while I love the old bones the taxidermied animals creep me out. Talking with the museum staff I... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

It's like walking into a 60's museum. I dubbed the main exhibit hall "The Hall of Taxidermy" because it had so many dead, stuffed animals in it. Apparently it's undergoing a big expansion and renovation soon, which is good because it sorely needs it.

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Additional Information about Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Address: Address: 1 Wade Oval Dr., University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone Number: 216 231 4600
Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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