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A Christmas Story House
Ranked #15 of 192 things to do in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 4, 2012

cool to say you've seen it, but it's in a questionable neighborhood that takes you thru a mundane area of town to get there. plus, there seems to always be a large group of people scattering around walking and driving by taking pictures at all hours. this must get REAL old with the neighbors. this house is tightly wedged in a neighborhood of regular people.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Really neat to see the house where A Christmas Story was filmed. The cost was $10 per adult but I was able to get a groupon deal.
The house itself is "highly interactive", meaning you can touch everything! (Try and do that in most historic places you visit!) So yep, there's a "Fragile" crate with a leg just inside the door that you can pick up and pose with...ridiculous, silly, and fun! And you can do this all through the house!
There is a museum across the street with a bunch of movie memoribilia such as original costumes and props included in the price. While we were visiting, the "freight delivery" man from the movie was at the museum telling stories, super neat guy, and he was happy to pose for pictures. Next to the museum is a newly built building that included a store that sold all kinds of movie memoribilia, much of the new building is still empty and not quite finished yet.

Fun place to check out!

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

We went on December 1st to see the house. We had no idea it would be as busy as it was. Twenty to thirtyminutewait to get into the house. Five minute wait to buy tickets at $10 each and one super crazy crowded gift shop. After buying tickets and getting a brochure for self guided tour it tells you they did very little (I'm guessing practically zero) shooting of the movie inside the house. Save yourmoneyand just go to the gift shop or do a drive by. We also paid $5 to park in the neighbors yard because there was NO street parking. Serious tourist trap. Just a moneymaker for this guy. No real historical value inside and really not worth the admission.

1  Thank everyday_is_a_trip
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

My family and I were impressed by staff's knowledge of the film and it's history. There was a genuine love by the locals that lived in the neighborhood. The museum featured a photo of the kids taking a break at a near by corner store (now closed). The family that owned the store still live close by and also shared their memories of the filming. I kept on telling myself that there has to be plenty of super 8 and personal photographs taken by the locals during the time the movie was made. I was also impressed by our house tour guide Jennifer. Her energy was contagious. I would have no problem making the 5 1/2 hour drive to do it all over again. Our 2012 Christmas Season truly began by visiting 3159 West 11th Street.

4  Thank James B
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Super fun! I thought it was going to be a guided tour but it was so much better!! After entering the house the guide gives a 5 minute history speech then sets you free to explore. You can touch everything, she took pictures for us, encouraged us to reenact scenes..was super fun!!

If you go to the website there is a tab for area hotels..if you stay at the red roof inn and tell them you want the ralphie rate you get 2 free tickets to the house, a coffee mug, a coupon for 15% off in the gift shop, a pickle ornament, a chocolate bar that looks like soap, and a voucher for a free appetizer at the Chinese restaurant...the hotel even upgraded our room to a suite!!

We had a great time!!!!!!

6  Thank kthomas1007
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