Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Dr, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 USA

102 Reviews
Open Now
Tue 10a-5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • Wifi
Add to Trip
Remove Ads

Learn more about this business on Yelp.

“scientific research, conservation and education”

In the 1830s, Cleveland’s first natural history collections were housed in a small wooden building on Public Square. Its two rooms were crowded with animal specimens, earning it the nickname “the Ark.”The gentlemen who frequented the Ark had a passion for the natural sciences. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History was founded in 1920 in the spirit of this group.Today, the Museum is considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America. Its mission emphasizes scientific research, conservation and education.The Museum offers an extraordinary visitor experience. Permanent exhibits of special interest include the 3 million-year-old human ancestor Australopithecus afarensis, known as “Lucy,” and the 150 million-year-old Haplocanthosaurus delfsi, one of the most complete mounted sauropods on display anywhere in the world.The Museum also features a planetarium, observatory, discovery center, live animal shows and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna, including bobcats, river otters and birds of prey. Traveling exhibitions, lecture series and public programs are offered frequently. Amenities include the Museum Store, Blue Planet Café, outdoor picnic tables and on-site parking.Behind the scenes, curators work in 11 natural science disciplines. Their research helps inform the Museum's many educational programs. Outside Museum walls, the Natural Areas Program protects more than 4,000 acres of rare habitat in Northern Ohio.The Museum is located in the heart of University Circle, just five miles east of downtown Cleveland. It is open daily, except for major holidays, and is accessible for those with physical challenges.

Read More >
Photo of Debra V.

Reviewed by
Debra V.

So much to see for all ages. The new renovations moved the front door to the parking garage. Enter the garage and take a ticket--$10 for 2-1/2 hours, one dollar each hour after that. Or walk... Read more

Photo of Vincent L.

Reviewed by
Vincent L.

A modestly sized natural history and science museum with historically significant collections. Even as you enter the museum, there's a lot that's educational, not just for kids, but for folks of... Read more

Photo of Sammi S.

Reviewed by
Sammi S.

We took our latest adventure to the Cleveland Natural History Museum. We preordered our tickets to ensure entry and prepared with bringing our own masks. The museum is requiring masks from 10am... Read more

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Dr
Cleveland, Ohio
44106 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun, Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Outdoor Seating
See More Details (15)

Parking, Dining

Remove Ads

Nearby Hotels

Cleveland, Ohio
Independence, Ohio

Click to discover a
great deal!

Hudson, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio

Related Trip Guides

Remove Ads