From classic to modern, featuring the famous to the aspiring, Cleveland offers a variety of venues to see art. Here are some of the best art museums in the city. – Kurt D. Moore

The Cleveland Museum of Art

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

The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever.” Today, the museum is considered one of the world’s greatest, offering more than 40,000 works of art as well as free admission to the permanent collection. Visitors can see the museum’s Asian, medieval European and pre-Columbian artwork, as well as pieces by masters like Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh. Its medieval offerings include arms and armor, as well as brass tombs and artifacts. The Italian Renaissance gallery features depictions of the holy family and saints.The Cleveland Museum of Art itself has been called an “architectural crown jewel” overlooking a Grecian-style courtyard. Along with the artwork are concerts, lectures, classes and a film series. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The museum is closed on Monday.

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

8501 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-8671

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland started out in a dry cleaner’s storefront in the late 1960s. Now part of the Cleveland Playhouse area, it continues to celebrate innovation, creativity and expression through its artwork, as well as lectures, readings, films and performances. The museum does not have its own permanent collection, instead hosting temporary exhibits that are switched out during the year, meaning there’s always something new to see. Its artwork includes pieces by internationally known contemporary artists. There are also pieces by emerging artists from northeast Ohio that offer patrons a local taste of culture. In addition, the museum offers workshops for children and classes for adults. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The museum is closed on Monday. Admission is free for MOCA members, $4 for non-members and $3 for students and seniors with valid identification. Children under 12 are admitted free. In 2012, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is scheduled to move to the corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road, where it will be part of the University Arts and Retail District currently under development.

The Sculpture Center

1834 East 123rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 229-6527

The not-for-profit arts institution The Sculpture Center aims to give a hand to Ohio’s emerging sculptors. It also works to preserve outdoor sculptures, giving the public a view of art that could have otherwise been lost. Features include the Outdoor Conservation Program, which hosts restored sculptures that date back from 1899 to 1929. Each fall, The Sculpture Center features works of northeast Ohio sculptors in various stages of their careers. The winter and spring seasons bring a look at the works of four to six sculptors early in their careers. The summer is dedicated to more than 20 northeast Ohio artists chosen through a juried art show. There is also an exhibition each year by students from The Cleveland Institute of Art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; other weekday times by appointment. Admission is free.

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