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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

#18 of 183 things to do in Cleveland Features Animals
1 Wade Oval Dr, University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106-1701
+1 216-231-4600
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Bigger than expected

When you first walk in(if you are coming from the parking garage entrance) it looks really small... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lots to explore

The building and exhibits are very interesting. Very hands on in most area. Explanations are very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“live animals” (36 reviews)
“all ages” (44 reviews)
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1 Wade Oval Dr, University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106-1701
+1 216-231-4600
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Reviewed 4 days ago

When you first walk in(if you are coming from the parking garage entrance) it looks really small - we were like okay we are going to be done with this in about 30 min. Then you go in and keep going and going and going...it...More

Thank jhd28
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The building and exhibits are very interesting. Very hands on in most area. Explanations are very informative. Cafe had lots of choices, including kids menu, salad bars, pastas, and sandwiches. A few gluten free options. The outdoor animal areas are good. Plan a lot of...More

Thank lsullivan07
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much to see in this museum with many galleries. The Wade Gallery of Gems & Jewels was captivating. There were otters, coyotes and other animals in their outdoor habitat. An environmental courtyard has short videos. The cafeteria had many mouth-watering entrees from...More

Thank MariaP1779DE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Back when the wildlife area was in the museum's sheltered courtyard, it was a much more peaceful refuge for the animals. Upon my visit to the newly redesigned outdoor area, however, I was saddened by what I saw and heard: - Bus loads of kids...More

Thank naturelover1111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great day at this museum. The dinosaurs​ were so cool! The planetarium is small but the shows offered were wonderful. Unlike in Columbus where they only seem to offer shows catering to little kids. So speaking of little kids.... There were A...More

1  Thank Rachel K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were surprised by how big this place was once we got there! There really is a lot to see and do-we just didn’t have the time to see it all. Especially since we spent over an hour just looking at the many live animals...More

Thank danielleeu9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i have not been the the Natural History Museum for a lot of years, so I had no idea how it had changed. What a difference. Not only all the dinosaurs, which I loved too. But I learned so much for all of the soil...More

Thank dcscake
Reviewed 21 May 2017

You will LOVE this museum. The exhibits are great, very informative and really nicely done. The outside exhibits for the animals are really very inventive and you get a great view of the animals. There are lots of places in here for the little kids...More

Thank Barb H
Reviewed 17 May 2017

On a recent trip to what could have been "just another museum, "we encountered an impressive museum filled with displays that were well exhibited, interesting for both adults and the many children who went from display to display, pointing, talking about what they saw, photographing...More

Thank NginguLiz
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

There were several coyotes having a territorial war which got all the kids' attention. An albino raccoon playing with its baby blanket was adorable so much that we wanted to take it home with us. The owls looked sleepy but they are so majestic that...More

Thank Traviata5013
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How long does it take to tour the museum?
29 March 2016|
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Response from bja1945 | Reviewed this property |
With out children about 2 hours, unless you are a real science buff.
I haven't seen my brands for 10 years. They are coming to visit during Christmas, and my Grandson wants to be an archeologist when he grows up. He's excited about coming up and seeing me for the first time, and I want to supride him with going to this museum when they arrive. What days will you be open 20-27th?
30 November 2015|
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Response from Jack L | Reviewed this property |
All days should be good.