Cleveland Grays Armory Museum
1234 Bolivar Rd.
Hours: Public tours the first Wednesday of the month from noon to 4pm
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 and they were among the first to serve in the Civil War. The Grays’ Armory was built in 1893 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cleveland Police Museum
1300 Ontario Street (Justice Center)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm
Here at the police station you’ll find an unusual collection of weapons used by the good guys and bad, a real jail cell, a still from the prohibition era, and more.
Dittrick Museum of Medical History
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 4:30pm
The Dittrick Medical History Center explores the history of medicine through museum artifacts, archives, rare books collections, 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.
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center and Money Museum
1455 East Sixth St.
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10am to 2pm, except bank holidays
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.
Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Ave.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Admission (includes NASA Glenn Visitor Center, OMNIMAX, and Steamship Wm. G. Mather): adults $23; youths (ages 2 to 12) $21.
Science rocks here, next door to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Come and be inspired.
International Women Air and Space Museum
Burke Lakefront Airport
1501 N. Marginal Rd., #166
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. Closed most major holidays, except Labor Day
Located near the Rock Hall and Great Lakes Science Center, this museum celebrates the history of women in aviation with memorabilia and historical artifacts.
NASA Glenn Visitor Center
601 Erieside Ave.
Hours/Admission: See Great Lakes Science Center info.
Located in the Great Lakes Science Center, here you can explore the past, present, and future of human space exploration.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
1100 E. 9th St.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday: 10am to 5:30pm; Wednesday, 10am to 9pm; Saturdays through Labor Day, 10 am to 9pm.
Admission: adults $22; seniors (65+)/military $17 (with ID); children (ages 9 to12) $13; children (ages 8 and under), FREE with purchase of adult admission
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.
1089 E. 9th St.
Hours: Every day, 10am to 5pm
Admission: adults $10; seniors and veterans $9; students (grades K through 12) $6; children (under 6 years) with paying adult, military in uniform, and wives and family of active duty submariners are admitted FREE.
Unlike other submarine museums, the Cod has never had an access door cut in the side of her hull so visitors can use the same vertical ladders and hatches that were used by her crew.
Baseball Heritage Museum
6601 Lexington Ave. (League Park)
Hours: Saturday, 10am to 2pm
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.
Children’s Museum of Cleveland
10730 Euclid Ave. (University Circle)
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10am to 4:45pm
Admission: $8 per person; infants 11 months and The Children’s under, free
Now in its 33rd year, this museum is dedicated to providing impactful experiences, exhibits, and education programming to help foster learning and development in all children, from newborns to age 8, with a special emphasis on birth-5.
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd. (University Circle)
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am to 5pm; Wednesday and Friday: 10am to 9pm. Closed January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Admission: FREE, with a charge for some special exhibitions
One of the country’s most celebrated museums features more than 45,000 works and a dramatic 39,000-square-foot atrium serving as the museum’s light-filled centerpiece.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval (University Circle)
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Wednesday, 10am to 10pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm
Admission: adults $14; youths (ages 3 to 18 $10; college students with ID $10; seniors (60+) $10; toddlers (2 and younger) FREE; $7 flat rate after 5pm on Wednesdays
The permanent and traveling exhibits here effectively illustrate and 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.
Dunham Tavern Museum
6709 Euclid Ave.
Hours: Wednesday and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm
Admission: adults $3; children $2
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. in the city of 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.
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Rd.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday,11am to 5pm; Wednesday, 11am to 9pm; Saturday, noon to 5pm
Admission: adults $12; seniors $10; students (12+) $10; children (ages 5 through 11) $5
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 collecgtion of Judaica and a gallery featuring exhibitions of national and international acclaim.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
605 E. 22nd St. (University Circle)
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm; Thursday, 11am to 9pm.
Admission: adults $8; seniors (65+); students $5 (with valid ID). FREE admission for all visitors on the first Saturday of the month (sponsored by Medical Mutual)
The dynamic architecture of MOCA Cleveland provides intimate spaces and opportunities to connect with the works of contemporary artists from around the world.
Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 E. 22nd St.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11am to 4pm
The history of Cleveland’s homegrown sound—from its roots in the old Slovenian neighborhoods to nationwide popularity—comes alive here with audio exhibits, photographs and original instruments. The archive preserves 6,000 vintage recordings, dating back to 1913.
Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Blvd. (University Circle)
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm
Admission: adults $10; seniors (62+) $9; children (ages 3 to 12) $5; children (age 2 and under), free; active members of the military free. Closed most major holidays.
Experience a treasure trove of unusual finds celebrating the area’s past. The collection here includes vintage turn-of-the-century automobiles, the Euclid Beach Park carousel featuring 58 hand-carved horses, the gondola from the Spirit of Goodyear blimp and much more.
A Christmas Story House and Museum
3159 W. 11th St. (Tremont)
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, Noon to 5pm
Admission: adults, $10; seniors, $8; children, ages 7 to 12; children, 6 and undeR FREE
Tour the 19th-century Victorian depicted as Ralphie’s house in the 1983 film, A Christmas Story. Just don’t shoot your eye out.