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The Cleveland Gray's Armory Museum
Ranked #86 of 187 things to do in Cleveland
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

My last stop in Cleveland was the Cleveland Grays Armory Museum, home to the second oldest organization in the city of Cleveland, and the oldest known armory in the US that is still owned by its militia (I think I got that right.) It also was the site of the first ever Cleveland Symphony Orchestra performance, held in 1918. History nerd that I am, I HAD to see this place...The tour was a little under an hour long, and involved lots of stairs and HEAT (a built in 1893, the building doesn't have elevators or air conditioning) but that was okay with me. I just feel badly for the poor event crews that have to lug tables and heavy plates and foods to the upper levels for weddings and other celebrations. (The smaller reception areas are on the highest levels of the building because, at the time, being high up meant you would avoid the smell of horse dung in the busy streets below)...One of the places recommended that I request to see was actually in the basement- the shooting range. I've been told it is now the only gun range in the city of Cleveland. Police officers still use it, and sometimes other security classes come through to practice shooting as well, but for the most part, the range is off limits to non Grays members. For mor infor, visit my blog www.fiftystates5years.blogspot.com!

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Reviewed December 26, 2011

It's a must see place. they have a lot of history to be told to the city of cleveland. Alot of pictures an story to go with them. they have a library,cannon,uniforms. I enjoyed the tour as well as reading the book. its a nice family day event.

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Reviewed October 28, 2010

My husband and I toured this museum as part of a conference on World War I that we attended in October 2010. The conference was held in the armory. The armory is a wonderful old building that was built in 1893 and houses artifacts from a private, local militia group that was called the Cleveland Grays. It looks like a stone castle. The Grays were founded in 1837. They were the first uniformed militia founded west of the Allegheny Mountains. They protected local property and citizens of Cleveland and assisted other military units in the area. They existed as a private militia until the National Guard became the norm in the early 1900's. Some of the Grays were incorporated into the Ohio National Guard. The Grays were present at many military campaigns in the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I. This organization still exists today as a social and charitable organization within the city. The armory houses many artifacts and historical items related to the Grays and really looks like an old gentlemen's social club. The rooms are homey and have dark wood which lends to a certain coziness to the environment. There are stuffed animal heads on the walls. There are military posters, pictures of military personnel, uniforms, guns, and other historical items throughout the building. Most of the artifacts are from the Cleveland Grays militia group. The armory has been used by many organizations throughout the years and has been the home to many concerts, a car show and other events. It can be rented out now for social events. There is a huge pipe organ in the gymnasium. Although there are no official scheduled tours, one can tour the facility by calling their number and setting up an appointment. I think this building is quite unknown in the Cleveland area and is very worth your while to tour especially if one is interested in military history. It is very unique and the Grays are interesting because they were a private military organization. There is a very small gift shop that sells a few items including a book on the history of the Grays and you can get a nice button that says "I toured Gray's Armory".

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