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Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland
(4.3/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the fascinating processes of nature and witness rare specimens at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This 220 hectare (550 acre) educational complex boats a wealth of artifacts relating to zoology, paleontology, mineralogy, and much more accompanied by informative and interactive displays. A full-scale stegosaurus model, one of the museum's highlights, greets visitors on the lawn. Also look out for the skeleton of an early human ancestor, the remains of Balto the sled dog, and a T. rex skeleton. Step outside to discover typical Ohio fauna, including river otters, deer, falcons, and many other creatures. With our world travel planner, Cleveland attractions like Cleveland Museum of Natural History can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Perfect size museum for an afternoon out with the kids. The outdoor part with the animals is so cool! The cafeteria food is fantastic and the cafeteria workers are super nice and friendly . Was the pe...  more »
  • Outstanding! Dinosaurs, planetarium, and outdoor animal exhibit were my favorites! The only downside is parking. It is 10 dollars in the garage for two hours i think, then it goes up (prorated) from t...  more »
  • This museum had so much more than I expected. There were live animal exhibits coupled with a full array of exhibits on the natural world of planets, atmosphere, history, archaeology and plants, food a...  more »
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  • Excellent for kids, right by a park that is also good for kids, and right next to the FREE art museum. Which isn't great for young kids but if they are all potty trained it's a good place, little boys will love the armory.
  • Not quite the Smithsonian, but nevertheless a good way to spend a few hours on the weekend. The entrance fee is a bit steep, but I was able to get a "park hopper" discount by using my Botanical Garden membership card. Some of the exhibits, including the dinosaur wing and the section devoted to various indigenous peoples, look like they haven't been updated since the 1950s, and the outdoor animal exhibits are small and depressing. However, the gemstone and geology rooms are cool, and the rotating exhibits are sleek and modern and feature some fascinating science and history (the most recent exhibit was a look at poisons in the natural world and human civilization). Furthermore, while there are several parts of the museum that are oriented towards children (indeed, the museum is often overrun with school groups), there are just as many things for adults to enjoy.
  • Great time though A bit pricey. Parking $10, adults $15, and $10 for kids. We did have a great time and our 4 year old loved it. Some of the computer stuff is outdated but it looks like there are on going renovations, so maybe they will be replaced. The people that work there are great. Also there are free refills on the drinks from te cafeteria. Go enjoy yourself!
  • Smead Discovery Center is a great place to let my toddler explore. University Circle - Midtown is a beautiful mix of historic and modern architecture.
  • This is a cool place to check out. Enjoyed the newly renovated outside section.