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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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10:00 am - 10:00 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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Dinosaurs!

We had a family fun day in Cleveland and decided to go to the natural history museum. We have a membership to the Carnegie Science/Museums in Pittsburgh which has a reciprocal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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88 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a family fun day in Cleveland and decided to go to the natural history museum. We have a membership to the Carnegie Science/Museums in Pittsburgh which has a reciprocal agreement with other Science centers/Museums so our admission was free (would have been $14 for adults and $10 for kiddos from 3-10). Parking was odd but I guess they... More 

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Thank joseph W
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love CMNH. We are members and visit here often. It doesn't "look" as pretty currently with the construction, but it will be awesome once everything is done. Still it is a good place to go with kids on an afternoon in Cleveland.

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Thank Patrick L
Monroe, Michigan
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very neat museum, but more geared for the older crowd. My 9 year old wanted to fly through it, and I wanted to actually look and read. He loved the dinosaurs.

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Thank RICK S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took my 2 year old son to see the dinosaurs. He ate the entire place up. He learned a few new words and had a blast. It was not crowded at all so we were able to let him walk around a bit which he loved. Pro tip: if you are a member of a children's or other museum... More 

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Thank ikyskinz
Heath, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I took our 6 and 4 year old kids. They had fun digging up dinosaur bones, and my husband and I had fun checking out the exhibits. We all loved the Planetarium. And we got to see some live animals, too. Parking was a pain. We drove around and around because all the lots were "full" till... More 

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Thank Rebecca L
Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We've visited in three separate occasions this year – each time my daughter loves exploring the place! The Museum is highly interactive, lots to explore and engage my daughter of 9 years old. There's also a collection of animals outside.

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Thank DailyPassion
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

This museum, though kind of small, was a nice place to visit with the kids. It was really crowded, but I guess that's to be expected. It was just hard to navigate the place due to the crowd.

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Thank vacamom3
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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302 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

My four year old had a wonderful time here. Terrific exhibits. Loved the gem sections and the evolutionary anthropology section. Also loved the wonderful animals of the world room at the entrance. AWESOME military discount (100% free for service member and all guests). Can't beat that!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I'm sure it's a nice museum for Cleveland but coming from Pittsburgh we have been spoiled by our dinosaurs. (And I'm not s Pittsburgh snob because I can admit Cleveland's Art Museum is superior). It didn't take 2 adults very much time at all to see all of the attractions of interest and pass by many of the Ohio exhibits.... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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24 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

this would be excellent, but the museum is looking a little tired. Updating a few areas would make it excellent BUT still a great place to visit! Children and adults both love it. The kids love playing on the large dinasaur outside too. A fun place!

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