Best Museum Exhibits To See This Fall In Cleveland

September 17, 2012 11:00 AM


Whether your interest is in photography, sea creatures or American history, this city offers plenty to explore this fall when it comes to art. There are even events planned for the whole family, perfect for children of any age. Mark these dates for a dive into area arts like you’ve never had before.

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DIY: Photographers and Books
Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 421-7350

Date: Aug. 11 to Dec. 30
Price: free

It’s no secret digital print technology has changed the game when it comes to photography. Programs such as Photoshop and Snapfish have made professionals out of everyone, but there’s still something to be said for true talent. Beginning in August the Cleveland Museum of Art will host its first ever exhibit to focus on the effects of print-on-demand publishing on the practice of contemporary photography. Participants will be allowed to choose from a selection of more than 100 photo books to handle and read for themselves, and before the exhibit is over will be given the opportunity to produce their own photo book at the museum’s computer station.

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Inside Out and From the Ground Up
Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art

11400 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-8671

Date: Oct. 8 to Feb. 24
Click here for info on membership fees

From its founding in 1968 all the way up to 1990, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art rented a modest space in University Circle. From 1990 on, it rented second-story space from the Cleveland Playhouse on Carnegie Avenue. All of that is about the change, however. The new MOCA Cleveland will be housed in the first building designed in the United States by Farshid Moussavi Architecture, and you won’t want to miss its grand opening this October. Its inaugural exhibition, “Inside Out and From the Ground Up,” will feature all of the creativity of both established and emerging artists as well as exciting work from such well-known innovators as Louise Bourgeois, David Hammons and Gordon Matt-Clark.

Related: Best Art Museums in Cleveland

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Centuries of Childhood
Children’s Museum of Cleveland

University Circle
10730 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 791-7114

Date: opening Sept. 22
Price: $7 per person/free infants 11 months and younger

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland will make history come alive for your little ones this fall through its upcoming exhibit “Centuries of Childhood: An American Story.” In this event, children will relate their own experiences to the lives of five historical children and their families from throughout the nation’s history, each with its own unique environment based on the location and period of time in which those children lived. Complete with detailed replicas of artifacts, home settings and traditional dress, parents and children alike will enjoy this lively re-enactment and may even learn a bit of history along the way.

Related: Cleveland’s Best Stuff for Infants & Toddlers.

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Maultz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 593-0575

Price: $12 adults/$10 seniors 60 and older and students 12 and older/$10 children ages 5 to 11/free to members and children younger than 5

Jewish heritage viewed through the lens of the American experience: That is what Maultz Museum of Jewish Heritage is all about. Founded in 2005 with a simple mission to build bridges of tolerance, appreciation and understanding, as well as to promote a thorough understanding of Jewish religion and history, the Maultz Museum is a place of splendid cultural diversity. Stay on the look out this October for a new exhibit featuring contemporary artwork, including photography, jewelry and architecture by graduates of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel’s leading art school.

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Whales | Tohorä
Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland OH 44106
(216) 231-4600

Date: Oct. 20 to Jan. 27
Price: $5 adults ages 19 and older/$10 youth ages 7 to 18 and college students with ID/$8 seniors/$7 children ages 3 to 6/free toddlers ages 2 and younger

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History seeks to inspire a passion for nature through science and education. What began in 1920 as an outgrowth of a century’s worth of interest in the natural sciences by frequent visitors to a small wooden building crowded with animal specimens on Cleveland’s Public Square known as “the Ark” is now considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America. Alongside its regular offerings of traveling exhibitions, lecture series and public programs, the museum will host a new exhibit this October called “Whales | Tohorä,” an interactive event for both adults and children featuring the latest in international cetacean research.

Joshua Lawson is a husband to Sarah and a father to Joshua, Hope, and Allison. Once upon a time he was a halfway decent basketball player, but his dream since becoming a father has gone from playing in the NBA to one day getting a full night’s sleep again. Joshua lives in Portsmouth, OH. His work can be found at

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