A Christmas Story House
A Christmas Story House
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A Christmas Story House, now restored to its movie splendor, is open year round to the public for tours. Directly across the street from the house is the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Among the props and costumes are the toys from the Higbee's window, Randy's snowsuit, the chalkboard from Miss Shields' classroom and the family car. After reliving A Christmas Story at Ralphie's house don't forget to visit the museum gift shop for your own Major Award Leg Lamp and other great movie memorabilia.
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Kimberly D
Fort Wayne, IN9 contributions
Sep 2022
My husband and I visited the house and museum during a weekend getaway to Cleveland. We had heard from a family member that it was definitely worth a visit, so we decided to check it out. Parking was free right across from/next to the tour and museum. You have to check in and purchase your tour tickets at the gift shop and there were clear signs stating this. The tour begins across the street at the family home and it is set to look as it it did in the movie. There were so many interactive features and photo opportunities! Our tour guide, Keith and the young man he was training (I can't remember his name, unfortunately) were very knowledgeable and friendly and knew so many little facts and trivia. We could have talked to them forever about the movie and the industry in general. After the home tour, you go across the street to the museum and there are so many amazing artifacts from the film! There were also lots of fun, inexpensive items in the gift shop and every employee we interacted with was friendly. This is such a fun little gem in Cleveland and was our favorite part of our weekend!
Written September 13, 2022
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,206 contributions
May 2021
There is a free parking lot next to the house. This is the house used in the filming of the movie "A Christmas Story." Tour tickets are sold in the gift shop across the street just past the museum. Tours begin in the house and conclude in the museum and last about 1/2 hour. The tour guide gives background about the movie and artifacts in the house and then gives a few minutes for the guests to "explore" the house. From there to the back yard for a quick talk and look around. Then across the street to the museum for another quick talk and look around. I have never seen the movie, so I did not have the background necessary to understand many of the references. If you are familiar with the movie, as most of the other guests were, it seems to be a very enjoyable experience. COVID-19: Employees were masked and visitors were expected to remain masked throughout the tour. Social distancing is problematical on the tour.
Written May 30, 2021
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Bernard B
1 contribution
Oct 2022
Growing up in Cleveland, I have such pride for this movie being a part of our history. I have been twice now and I will always bring out of town guests there to visit. Took friends there yesterday and they loved it! After showing them many sites in Cleveland, this was their favorite. Our tour guide, Star, had amazing enthusiasm and was great. It can't be easy to always have excitement as a tour guide, and she did it and then some. The museum is excellent as well. So many great artifacts. The crew in gift shop have as much appreciation for the movie as I do. The gift shop is very large and has some actually VERY reasonably priced items. Some are what you would expect as far as mark ups, but there are actually some great options that won't break the bank.
Written October 18, 2022
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Dale S
Marietta, United States4 contributions
Dec 2021
Visit 12/4/2021: My Daughter bought tickets on line week ago. What we did not know is that buying a ticket on line and in advance provides no advantage on getting into the house vs buying in person on the day you want to tour.. 2nd problem is that when we got there we got in line with everyone else, waited 1.5 hours and when we got to the front door , , literally at the front door, the ticket taker looks at our tickets and said we did not have a time on written our ticket to get in. What do you mean, time? She said oh when you get here you are supposed to check in at the museum across the street and they assign you a time to get IN. We got a little loud but we left the front door to go across the street to get our "time". Evidently the people behind us told the people behind them who told the people behind them what was going on. About 150 people followed us into the museum to "get a time". After waiting in line again in the museum for 45 minutes we got our time it was 2 hours from the current time. We asked for a refund because we could not wait. As we left there were two people from the staff now in the street telling those left in line that if they did not have a time, they need to go to the museum and get one. More people started to walk across the street. My bucket list has to wait.
Written December 5, 2021
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Monnie1976
Denver, CO44 contributions
Jul 2021
My family went to The Christmas Story House in order to enjoy something from one of our favorite movies. My kid is a wheelchair user and we understood we wouldn't be able to do a part of the tour because of this. I asked if there was a discount (not expected just simply asked) since one person couldn't do the full tour and there was not. This was relayed in a pretty rude manner. I then asked if my husband and I would be able to switch off if we came back another day. Nope. It was very clear this person did not want to work with us and resented us for trying to find a creative solution. (including interrupting conversations I was having with my husband). I had planned on buying a lot from the gift shop but left feeling disrespected and without spending one red cent. It's okay for an older building to not be wheelchair accessible as that is normal. It is not okay to treat customers who have a disability with little respect and make no effort to even try and help them experience what is accessible. I still love the movie but will spend my money elsewhere on vacation. It would be very easy to provide an experience to their disabled customers and their website does not communicate that you can't even access what is accessible without paying full price. The website should make it clear that if you are disabled you only will see twenty minutes of an hour tour and that you will pay full price.
Written July 2, 2021
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Barb J
Grand Rapids, MI210 contributions
Jun 2022
It's a family tradition to watch the movie over and over every year. We HAD to visit since we were so close. SO GLAD we did! Our group was filled with us "older" enthusiasts and Ernie mad it even more fun than it already was. Tons of trivia and info and totally loved being able to roam and photo. One of the neatest tours we have taken. Museum was very cool and gift shop was reasonable, we actually were able to buy a few things. Parking a piece of cake too! Well worth the nominal admission.
Written July 2, 2022
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dolittledigger
michigan907 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
If you grew up with this movie and continue to watch it all day during Christmas, then you must visit.

We went on a weekend around 215 but had to wait quite a while for the next tour at 345. Luckily there is a corner bar across the street where we ate lunch before the tour.
They only had one guy working the gift shop and there was a very long line. The souvenirs were quite pricey. There is an opportunity where the fire truck is with a pole where you can pretend to get your tongue stuck to it. I just had my husband stand to the side of it and everybody thought his tongue touched it.
The tour inside the house doesn’t take all that long but there are a few interesting facts and you can pose with some of the items to re-create some of the scenes.
They then take you across the street to the museum where there are artifacts/clothing etc.
Written July 3, 2022
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jessicao
Ann Arbor, MI72 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
My 9 year old son and I went and we both loved it. It hits all your good feels and nostalgia for a movie we all watch every year.
He loved interacting with everything and being able to touch and hold certain items. The house is not exactly the same, I get it, but it was super fun to see either way.
The museum had a lot of cool movie props and costumes and our tour guide had fun little stories about them all.
The gift shops prices are on the high side but they have anything and everything that you could possible imagine wanting to buy for a souvenir.
***Side note: Make time for Rowley’s Inn if you’re eating. The food was fantastic!***
Written January 27, 2021
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Motrya O
Falls Church, VA59 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
During our recent trip to Cleveland, we toured the Christmas Story house! It’s my favorite movie so it was a MUST DO! Thankfully, we weren’t visiting during the Christmas season so we didn’t experience the Christmas crowds. We learned that only 15% of the movie was shot in the house but it was still worth the visit. We began in the house, which is filled with replicas of what was on the actual set. As a result, you can touch and play with everything. Nothing is fra-gil-le! We then moved on to the museum, which is filled with movie memorabilia. Is it worth a visit? Absolutely!
Written April 16, 2022
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FloridaMike69
Orlando, FL75 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Went with some work friends while in Cleveland. We all LOVE this cult classic movie! Start out in the gift shop across the street to buy your tickets. The guide will walk you across to the house to begin the tour. She explained that all outside shots or shots looking out the windows were actually filmed right there in that house. You’re able to touch anything and do anything in the house including touching the world famous, Italian, fra-gee-lay, “major award” leg lamp, holding the Red Rider bb gun, and hiding under the sink like Randy when “Ralphies gonna get in trouble”!

There’s time to explore the house upstairs and down; see the backyard and the Bumpass house home to those turkey eating hounds which you can now pay to spend the night in; and finally exploring the museum and gift shops across the street showing all the original costumes and props(except the leg lamp which hasn’t been found to this day).

The cost was $14 per adult with the opportunity to round up to $15 to support the upkeep of the house.

Movie Secret Revealed: The pole that Flick got his tongue stuck to during the movies “Triple Dog Dare” was actually made of PVC, had a hole cut out of the back for his tongue, and they used a vacuum underneath to suck his tongue in. The perfect way to create the look of a tongue freezing to a metal pole!

Lots of fun if you go with other movie lovers!
Written February 14, 2020
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