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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Address: 1 Wade Oval Dr., University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106
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+1 216-231-4600
Today
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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Amazed!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Chesterland, Ohio
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Chesterland, Ohio
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my wife and 2yo daughter. Very accesible for young kids with many interactive installations.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has everything and is so well priced. Jewel of Cleveland, top notch. The new outdoor animal/bird area is phenomenal, need to return in good weather when more animals are out and about. Museum is great and has everything. If I could change one thing it would be many of the display placards. They are dated, peeling and appear... More 

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Thank Russ S
New Bremen, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice layout, plenty of "real life" items to view and very nice for children. You can walk from the Museum of Art to this and other locations, very nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

Perfect size museum for an afternoon out with the kids. The outdoor part with the animals is so cool! The cafeteria food is fantastic and the cafeteria workers are super nice and friendly . Was the perfect lunch spot before we headed to the planiterium show. Wow! Don't miss one of the shows. The guy who did the show was... More 

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Chancellor, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Outstanding! Dinosaurs, planetarium, and outdoor animal exhibit were my favorites! The only downside is parking. It is 10 dollars in the garage for two hours i think, then it goes up (prorated) from there.

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Pepperell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

This museum had so much more than I expected. There were live animal exhibits coupled with a full array of exhibits on the natural world of planets, atmosphere, history, archaeology and plants, food and minerals. Very interesting for the whole family.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

We went there for the Dino-Fest and my grandsons and their friend had a fantastic time. Not only did they get to see and touch items, they also had dinosaur people talking and teaching them about the animals. My littlest grandson, 5, is really into dinosaurs and him and a palentologist, don't think that is how you spell it, talked... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

We visited CMNH with our grandsons and our son. We wanted to see the newly opened Perkins Wildlife Center and we were not disappointed. Otters, eagles, coyotes, and foxes were roaming the area. The descriptions were age appropriate for all and the walkways allowed us to see the animals from a variety of angles. Inside the Museum we enjoyed a... More 

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