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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 - 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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We Just Keep Coming Back

We use our grandkids for an excuse to go. With our 1st two, we would take them individually, then we'd take two, then three...haven't yet tried all five w/o parents, but might... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Amherst, Ohio
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Amherst, Ohio
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We use our grandkids for an excuse to go. With our 1st two, we would take them individually, then we'd take two, then three...haven't yet tried all five w/o parents, but might. There is so much to see and do and experience that we just keep going back and absolutely loving it! Can look at the stars and play with... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The website for the museum could use some expansion. The museum encompasses so much more than it shows. I was initially attracted to the museum because of its planetarium and show. The planetarium, like the entire museum, is staffed with knowledgeable, educated, helpful and friendly folks. The seating area is fairly small (60-80?), they put on a fine if a... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well appointed with learned docents, an exceptional natural history museum with well curated permanent and traveling exhibits.

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Dayton, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While the visiting exhibit (Poison) was very up-to-date and interesting, the remainder of the museum looks as though it hasn't changed since I was a child. I remember visiting those same bird displays, dioramas, and exhibits on various field trips in the 80s. The live animals area in the center courtyard is just plain sad. Although they are building a... More 

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Harlem, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has an interesting and varied collection that takes about half a day to enjoy. They offer a senior discount. I went here when I was young and remembered shrunken heads; they are still there! All ages will enjoy this collection.

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Thank simva3
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family enjoyed touring this museum. Highlights were the dinosaur displays and interactive exhibits. The animal area was interesting for the kids but at this time mostly closed due to renovation. We saw an interesting planetarium show, but I felt it was slightly overpriced.

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The state of this museum is great, all the exhibits are very interesting even entretaining. The staff is very open to questions specially the ones on the planetarium show which I really recomend.

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Sherwood
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't expect to be very long here but we ended up spending over 3 hours here. It was my first experience seeing real dinosaur bones! The unexpected find was Balto of Nome. If you don't know the story, it's time to learn!

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Saint Peters
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a relatively small museum with almost half of it dedicated to dioramas of preserved animals and then fossils. The small dinosaur collection is excellent. The Lucy fossils are present - very exciting, but I don't think the exhibit does this important discovery justice. I expected a more splendid display. The Earth Science - Geology section was quite good.... More 

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Medina, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Not a huge natural history buff, but the museum was quite enjoyable and informative. It packs the normal dinosaur displays, and there was a cool poison exhibit while we were there.

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