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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Address: 1 Wade Oval Dr., University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone Number: 216 231 4600
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Ranked #20 of 74 Attractions in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: This innovative museum carries out its mission to "help people discover and explore the natural...
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Attraction details
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Hours:
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
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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Alliance, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Great place for children of all ages. My sons are a big fans of this museum. University Circle is a great place to go.

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Buffalo, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is such an excellent museum,with special exhibits constantly changing. Very well displayed dioramas and friendly docents

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Lemont, Illinois
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79 reviews 79 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Went for the first time while visiting family. All the kids had a great time and really enjoyed the interactive exhibits. We were fortunate enough to have a nice weather day and could actually go outside and see the animals which was a bonus. The exhibits are very educational and the special Mammoth exhibit was awesome as we learned a... More 

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Stow, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The museum is great place to visit for all ages. I liked the mammoths and elephants exhibition, dinosaurs, and the planetarium show. The museum has a discovery center for little kids where they can play and have fun. Surprisingly, the cafe wasn't overpriced and I would suggest to buy one portion for two kids to share because they serve big... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My family and I go to a lot of museums across the country. This by far was very uniquie. The interactive portion was very different than anywhere else we have been. Very thought provoking. The dinosaur portion was absolutely amazing. There is also a live animal section that was a huge surpise to find. Included is a bald eagle. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My husband and I went for the planetarium, and were surprised by what the museum had to offer. The Mastodon exhibit was very cool. We will be back!

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This has always been a good family museum but with the addition of the Euclid Beach carousel, it is even better. The carousel is fully working as in an amusement park. So besides riding on it, there is the auto museum and the costume wing of clothing worn by early Clevelanders. If you are visiting Cleveland, there is so much... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The floor plan was great! Very interesting exhibits and explanations. Worth the time and effort to get there!!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Always and every time we visit, just us or with out-of-town guests, we have a wonderful time. Each of my grandchildren have been enjoying the Smeed Discovery Center since they were 2 and it is always where they want to go each year they come to Cleveland. We've added the planetarium for the older ones and each new special exhibit... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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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