Are you looking for the best museums in Cleveland to visit?
Cleveland, Ohio has a vibrant culture that is showcased through the city’s many museums. Whether you’re interested in history, art, music, or science, you’ll find a museum to suit your tastes.
Here are the best museums in Cleveland that you need to check out.
The best big museums in Cleveland
1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is one of the most popular museums in Cleveland. It celebrates the history of rock music, and includes exhibits with costumes, instruments, and other memorabilia from some of the biggest rock and roll legends of all time.
Before you go, check out these tips for visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Hours: Open daily, hours vary seasonally
Tickets: $35 for adults, $25 for children, $30 for Northeast Ohio residents, first responders, military, and college students, free for City of Cleveland residents
Website: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
2. Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland is home to a world-class art museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, which is consistently ranked as one of the best in the United States.
The Cleveland Museum of Art houses an extremely diverse collection of more than 45,000 works from all around the world. It’s known for its collections of Asian and African art, as well as notable works by the likes of Picasso, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Rubens, Dalí, Matisse, Renoir, Monet, van Gogh, and more.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday), closed Monday
Tickets: Free admission (special exhibits may have a charge)
Website: Cleveland Museum of Art
3. Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History was founded in 1920 for education and research in geology, paleontology, biology, and astronomy, among many other fields of science. Now CMNH is home to exhibits ranging from gems and jewels to live animals of Ohio.
For more tips about visiting, check out this guide to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
(The CMNH is undergoing a huge renovation/expansion in 2022, but parts of it are still open for people to visit.)
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., closed Monday
Tickets: $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and children, free admission on Sundays for City of Cleveland and East Cleveland residents
Website: Cleveland Museum of Natural History
4. Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Another great art museum in Cleveland is the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA). Originally founded in 1968, the museum is dedicated to showing the best contemporary artwork, with a variety of changing exhibitions and programs.
Hours: Open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., closed Monday through Wednesday
Tickets: Free admission
Website: Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
5. Cleveland History Center (+ Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum)
The Cleveland History Center is a great museum to check out if you’re interested in the history of Northeast Ohio. The museum houses exhibits that tell the story of the region through items, documents and artifacts. This is also where you can ride Grand Carousel from the former Euclid Beach Park.
The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum within the Cleveland History Center contains artifacts and exhibits around the history of transportation, with 170 antique automobiles, 12 aircraft, and more on display.
Hours: Open Thursday from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Tickets: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $12 for veterans, $10 for college students, $8 for children, free for active duty military
Website: Cleveland History Center
6. Great Lakes Science Center
The Great Lakes Science Center is a science museum and educational facility on the lakefront in Cleveland. Many of the exhibits document the features of the natural environment in the Great Lakes region of the United States. It’s also home to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. through 5 p.m., closed Monday
Tickets: $16.95 for adults, $13.95 for children
Website: Great Lakes Science Center
7. Children’s Museum Cleveland
One of the best family-friendly museums in Cleveland is the Children’s Museum Cleveland. This museum promotes learning through play using innovative and interactive exhibits, making it a fun family outing.
Hours: Hours vary, closed on Thursdays
Website: Children’s Museum Cleveland
8. Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Finally, the Maltz Museum is a great Cleveland-area museum that is dedicated to building bridges of understanding between people of all faiths, races and cultures, with a focus on Jewish heritage and the history of the Jewish community in Northeast Ohio. It’s located in the suburb of Beachwood.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday
Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, $5 for children
Website: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
The best small museums in Cleveland
1. Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick
For a more quirky and offbeat museum in Cleveland, you can’t miss the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick. This museum is dedicated to the history of witchcraft (Wicca) in America and beyond, as told through items collected by Raymond Buckland.
Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.
2. International Women’s Air & Space Museum
A unique museum in Cleveland that is worth a visit is the International Women’s Air & Space Museum. The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, and showcase the history and culture of women in all areas of aviation and aerospace.
It’s located at Burke Lakefront Airport.
Hours: Open every day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Tickets: Free admission
3. Dittrick Medical History Center
The Dittrick Medical History Center is part of Case Western Reserve University. The museum is dedicated to the study of the history of medicine through a collection of rare books, artifacts, and archives that are open to the public.
Hours: Open Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free admission
Website: Dittrick Medical History Center
3. A Christmas Story House
Fans of the classic holiday film A Christmas Story will be delighted to know that you can visit the Parker family home in Cleveland. Although the movie is set in a fictional small town in Indiana, Cleveland was one of the movie’s filming locations.
The house that was used for exterior shots of the Parker family home has now been transformed into a museum dedicated to this iconic Christmas film.
Hours: Open every day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Tickets: $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, $12 for children and military
Website: A Christmas Story House
4. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Money Museum
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Money Museum is a great educational museum for all ages. Featuring interactive exhibits and hands-on components, visitors will have fun while learning everything about money at the same time.
Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., closed Friday through Sunday
Tickets: Free admission
5. Baseball Heritage Museum
Located at League Park (the former home of Cleveland baseball) in the city’s Hough neighborhood, this museum celebrates the history of diversity in baseball. Exhibits cover the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Negro and Women’s leagues, and more that helped shape the sport of baseball.
Hours: Open Thursday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets: Free admission, though a $10 donation is recommended
Website: Baseball Heritage Museum
Which Cleveland museum is YOUR favorite?
Amanda was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and has always been a fangirl of her home state. Now, she’ sharing her love of the Cleveland area with the world, highlighting all the best things to do, see, and eat in the CLE. She’s been running Cleveland Traveler since January 2019.