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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:
+1 216-231-4600
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

This innovative museum carries out its mission to "help people...

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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Awesome museum it's a must see

My little boy had a great time even the husband's inner child was coming out! If your in Cleveland you have to come visit!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My little boy had a great time even the husband's inner child was coming out! If your in Cleveland you have to come visit!!

Thank Jade L
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have always enjoyed the Cleveland Museum scene, but the Natural History museum has always been my favorite. I loved the exhibits when I was a child, but I have appreciated them more as an adult. I have attended several of the Think and Drink with the Extinct series, which allows those of drinking age entrance after hours to experience... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our 4 youngest kids today (11, 9, 9 & 3) and they seemed to enjoy themselves. One of the curators we came across was very helpful in telling us some of the histories of the dinosaurs on display and was very knowledgeable. The upstairs was closed off so we weren't able to see those exhibits but the main... More 

Thank Sharelle B
Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

New additions and changes have been completed. Enjoyed exploring and finding all the new stuff. The earthquake simulator attracted met my the rumbling sounds. Feeling the simulation of the earth shaking.was thought provoking. Outside is the new rescue park and live coyotes, bobcats, eagles, otters and other close up views of wild animals. Overall an excellent use of our afternoon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had all the regular suspects, dinosaurs. Balto the sled dog that saved Gnome Alaska...etc. But the crown jewel is the rescue park (Perkins) with coyotes and eagles and much more. Each exhibit tells how the animal arrived and why it could not survive in the wild. a real treat!

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this place! Exhibits are great for all ages! Beautiful displays of animal life and amazing dinosaur display. One unique feature is the Wade gallery of crystals--featuring everything from quartz to diamonds!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Cleveland Natural History Museum is a good museum. The exhibits are decent and the presentation of the material is interesting. It's really fun for the little ones because there is a lot for them to see including the planetarium. Be aware that the museum is going through a capital improvement program that will modernize and enlarge the museum. After... More 

Thank Jon A
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a longtime member, I love the Natural History part of the museum and I especially love the planetarium. This is a GREAT way to spend a few hours! Well worth the admission. If you check the schedule you can do maybe 90 minutes or two hours of walking around then time it with a show in the planetarium.

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Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

I have not been there for years and was so surprised at the changes. The staff was helpful and friendly. The new outdoor area is amazing. It is hard to believe it is in the city. There is much to see and read. Wear good walking shoes and bring the kids. They will love it. Plan to stay most of... More 

Thank 1964beatles
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

Most noticeable about this museum: the science is up to date! Descriptions on exhibits reflect current theories on areas such as climate change, evolution, and nutrition. We encountered many parents reading the text to their children and discussing it at their level, which was great to see. For young children, also visit the discovery area in the basement level for... More 

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