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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Address: 1 Wade Oval Dr, University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106-1701
Phone Number: 216 231 4600
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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
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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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Always a family favorite

A wonderful family friendly museum with so much to offer. About to add a new outdoor wildlife feature to replace the old area which was turned into a much needed parking deck... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful family friendly museum with so much to offer. About to add a new outdoor wildlife feature to replace the old area which was turned into a much needed parking deck. Wonderful astronomy programs in the planetarium and a huge teacher resource room! Excellent programs offered year round and teachers are always free. Love it!!

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Utica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the Museum of Natural History with my granddaughter, age 9, and we both thought it was great. I especially liked the rock and mineral collections. She liked Balto the hero dog of Nome, Alaska, as well as everything else, and the gift shop.

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't think I'd like this place at all. Turns out I love it. Found a dinosaur and took pictures with it through out the museum. Lots of interesting exhibits and displays. The animals outside looked miserable though..

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Stow, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's always something new to see here. I've visited more times than I can remember and I'm always finding something I didn't notice before. Kids LOVE the dinos and the special exhibits are usually pretty cool too! They are undergoing a major renovation, so some regular exhibits are off-exhibit temporarily. Can hardly wait until the Mammoth returns. You can visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have not been to this museum in probably 15 yrs or possibly longer and I am ashamed of myself for waiting so long to return. What a beautiful facility we have here in Cleveland, as well as the other amazing museum near by, and was not as far as I thought it was from the west side. Hubby and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a smaller museum that would be suitable for the kids for a couple of hours. For adults, it's a quick visit. Displays are a bit dated.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It cost $50 for a family of 4 to get into this museum and although i have been a few times before it just looked tired and run down compared to all the other wonderful attractions in Cleveland. The outdoor animal area was an overgrown mess and we only saw one animal. The exhibits were ok and the kids will... More 

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Cleveland, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is huge, and every time we come back, we note something new and interesting. My daughter is 7 and loves it. We often combine a trip with the botanical garden which is a short walk away. The children's area on the ground floor is outstanding and engages children of all ages. The exterior area with the animals is... More 

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wade Oval Wednesday provides wonderful "free music in the park" that attracts/invite thousands children, adults and family to spread a blank, bring in a chair, walk around, buy/eat/taste foods from local venders treats while listening/dancing/enjoying local jazz/music groups, occasionally ending with a movie or fire works. It's and delightful to see babies/children/young and older adults of all ages, races, nationalities... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While museums don't always have things for children, this museum is different. Some hands on stuff will help the children stay engaged while the adults look too.

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