Playhouse Square, Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland arts scene is in a word, eclectic. You’ll find museums ranging from the renowned Cleveland Museum of Art and the many world-class museums at University Circle, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center in Downtown, to niche attractions that pay tribute to police, polka, medicine, “A Christmas Story” and more.

We also have many beautifully restored century-old theaters used for film, opera and plays. Some come together at Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts center in the country outside New York. Here you’ll find nine theaters, six built in the 1920s, plus the world’s first and largest outdoor chandelier. Below are some of our favorite museums and theaters.



Cleveland Grays Armory Museum The Cleveland Grays was founded in 1837 as an independent company of volunteer militia. When President-elect Abraham Lincoln passed through Cleveland en route to his inauguration in 1861, the Grays provided the official honor guard; they were also among the first to serve in the Civil War. Grays Armory, which was built in 1893 after the group’s previous headquarters was destroyed by fire, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of Cleveland’s oldest standing buildings. For more information: 216-621-5938,


Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center and Money Museum More than 25 hands-on exhibits focus on the history of money, its effects on the way we live, and its central role in peoples’ lives. For more information: 216-579-3188,


Great Lakes Science Center Science rocks here, next door to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Come and be inspired! Admission includes NASA Glenn Visitor Center, OMNIMAX, and Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum. For more information: 216-694-2000,


International Women Air and Space Museum Located near the Rock Hall and Great Lakes Science Center, this museum celebrates the history of women in aviation with memorabilia and historical artifacts. Open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; closed most major holidays, except Labor Day. Free. For more information: 216-623-1111,


NASA Glenn Visitor Center Located in the Great Lakes Science Center, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center provides opportunities to explore the past, present and future of human space exploration. For more information: 216-694-2000,


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame This architectural gem includes a pyramid-shaped entrance/lobby and exhibits paying tribute to artists ranging from Elvis and The Beatles to Lady Gaga and The Clash. For more information: 216-781-7625,


USS Cod Unlike other submarine museums, the Cod has never had an access door cut into the side of her hull, so visitors can use the same vertical ladders and hatches that were used by her crew! 1089 E. 9th Street, Cleveland. For more information: 216-566-8770,


East Side

Baseball Heritage Museum Experience players’ stories, photographs, letters, programs, uniforms and other memorabilia detailing the contributions from the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Industrial and Barnstormer leagues, and the Negro and Women’s leagues. Free (donations accepted). For more information: 216-789-1083,


Cleveland Museum of Art 39,000-square-foot atrium serving as the museum’s light-filled centerpiece. Free. 11150 East Boulevard (University Circle), Cleveland. For more information: 216-421-7350,


Cleveland Museum of Natural History The permanent and traveling exhibits here effectively illustrate science and the natural world, enabling visitors to experience the past, see the formation of the universe and explore the lives of dinosaurs and early humans. For more information: 216-231-4600,


Dittrick Museum of Medical History The Dittrick Medical History Center explores the history of medicine through museum artifacts, archives, collections of rare books and images. The Dittrick is an interdisciplinary study center in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, but is also open to the public. Free. For more information: 216-368-5938,


Dunham Tavern Museum Once a stagecoach stop on the Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road, Dunham Tavern Museum is Cleveland’s oldest building still standing on its original site. Built in 1824 as the home of Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham, it is a designated Cleveland Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information: 216-431-1060,


Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage The stories of individuals and families — past and present — come to life through state-of-the art exhibitions, interactives and films, oral histories, photographs and artifacts. The museum includes the Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery collection of Judaica and a gallery featuring exhibitions of national and international acclaim. For more information: 216-593-0575,


Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) The dynamic architecture of MOCA Cleveland provides intimate spaces and opportunities to connect with the works of contemporary artists from around the world. Free admission for all visitors on the first Saturday of the month (sponsored by Medical Mutual. For more information: 216-261-3263,

West Side

A Christmas Story House and Museum Tour the 19th-century Victorian depicted as Ralphie’s house in the 1983 film, “A Christmas Story.” For more information: 216-298-4919,


The Capitol Theater Built in 1921, this recently renovated theater shows independent, foreign and documentary films on three screens. Detailed wall murals, classical architecture and a restored vaudeville stage combine to recreate the atmosphere of a vintage movie palace, though with modern amenities such as all-digital projection and a lounge-concession area serving beer, wine and traditional concession favorites. For more information: 216-651-7295,


Cleveland Cinematheque The New York Times proclaimed the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque one of the nation’s best repertory movie theaters. This alternative film theater shows art, independent and foreign films, as well as revived classics. For more information:  216-421-7450,


Cleveland Opera Theater Since its founding in 2006, Cleveland Opera Theater has produced more than 50 productions in the Greater Cleveland area and is known for its strong voices, elegant costumes and skilled orchestra. Its new home as of 2015 is the historic Masonic Auditorium, once home to the Cleveland Orchestra. For more information: 440-285-1874,


Cleveland Play House The 100-year-old Cleveland Play House (CPH) is America’s first professional regional theater company. Since 1915, it has produced more than 100 world and/ or American premieres and more than 1,600 productions attended by more than 12 million people. Today CPH performs in three state-of-the-art theaters — the Allen, Helen and Outcalt — at Playhouse Square. For more information: 216-400-7000,


Players Guild Theatre Founded in 1932, The Players Guild is recognized as one of the oldest continually operating volunteer-based theaters in the United States. It has staged more than 600 productions for more than 2 million audience members spanning several generations. For more information: 330-453-7617,


Playhouse Square The largest performing arts center in the country, outside of New York. It has nine theaters, six of which were built in the early 1920s, plus the world’s first and largest outdoor chandelier. For more information: 216-241-6000,


Weathervane Community Playhouse For more than 70 years, Weathervane Community Playhouse has provided audiences with high-quality live productions using volunteer artists, designers and technicians under professional direction. Enjoy an intimate live-theater experience! For more information: 330-836-2626,

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