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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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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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From dinosaurs to diamonds

I went to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on the same day I went to the Museum of Art. It is not overly big but a very nice museum and has some interactive displays to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I went to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on the same day I went to the Museum of Art. It is not overly big but a very nice museum and has some interactive displays to assist with discovery and learning. The dioramas are very interesting and the museum strives to make learning interesting and fun for all ages.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Spent a few hours here. Fairly small, but still interesting and enough to keep our attention (one adult, one tween). Expensive to park and I wish there was a deal to access other attractions within the Wade Circle area.

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Willow Street
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The Humans and Nature gallery is a spacious area of exhibits representing different geographic area. The animals and artifacts are posed in beautifully presented natural settings. The dinosaur exhibit is spectacular, and you get to meet "Lucy," one of our early ancestors. Quite unexpected was to find an outdoor section of live animals. The feeding time for the bobcats was... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It's a nice, small museum that is a good visit if you're in the area visiting other sites in University Circle. If you're use to museums in larger cities than you may be disappointed at its size, however it's good if you're looking for a 2 hour place. Some exhibits could use a refresh (some things seem to be stuck... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I thought this museum was great! If you enjoy natural history, you will like this place. When we went they had a great photography exhibit as well.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I remember coming here as a child, and how much fun it was to climb on the dinosaur outside. Now that dinosaur shouldn't look as big to me now as it used to, but then I saw my own child standing next to the sculpture. The best part is our feeling of wonder and amazement, which seemed just as remarkable... More 

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EASTLAKE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

While I have no been here several times (which I guess in itself says something), the Museum of Natural History keeps showing me new things. Well laid out and just the right size. The variety of what you can see and learn about is very good. If you want to focus on Dinosaurs, that is there for you as well... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Was a nice museum, but a little underwhelmed after we visited the smithsonian in Washington. Easy access and a friendly tour guide.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We saw the entire museum in about 3 hours or so. We had our 20 year old and our 10 year old. Both had a good time. Both enjoyed the skeletons of dinosaurs and the animals (both the alive ones and the stuffed ones).

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My entire family, ranging in age from 12 to 77, found many interesting exhibits and items to examine and discuss. The displays focusing on different cultures were most fascinating. We were very glad we went.

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