The Cleveland Art Museum is a place where inspiration and talent is acknowledged in one place for all to enjoy. The museum takes the art of sculptures, photographs, paintings, film, music and so much more created by creative souls willing to open their hearts and show their struggles, fears and more. Their works can be experienced in one of the most exhilarating places in Cleveland — the Cleveland Art Museum.
Cleveland Museum Of Art 
11150 E. Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7350

The museum is located in Cleveland’s east side. It was built in 1913 and opened in 1916 to the public. Since its opening, the museum has stayed true to its belief that the art museum should be free to all. With over 598,000 visitors a year, it stands as the most visited art museum in the world. It holds the largest collection of Asian and Egyptian art and holds more than 45,000 unique permanent collections. With a mixture of special exhibits, musical events, children events and more, there is always something exciting going on in this house of extraordinary things.

Admission Costs/ Hours  

The admission costs is always free. In 1958, an industrialist, Leonard C. Hanna Jr. donated $35 M. to the museum, which helps keep this facility free to the public.

Tues., Thurs., Sat., Sun- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wed., Fri.- 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed on Mon. and all major holidays

Get There/Parking

The museum is in the heart of University Circle, so parking is not a problem. The museum has it’s own garage with parking access on Jeptha Drive. It makes it easy to make a full day out of your visit and also stop by the Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens Severence Hall, etc. Getting there from Cleveland or the south is easy. Take I-77 N. toward Downtown Cleveland. Follow the signs to I-90 E. then then take Exit #177 then turn onto MLK Blvd. Follow signs to University Circle to the traffic circle then turn left onto Jeptha Dr. to the parking garage.

The museum is in the heart of University Circle, so parking is not a problem. Plus, the museum has it’s own garage with parking access on Jeptha Drive.

If you’re coming by public transit, take the HealthLine rapid transit buses from downtown Cleveland for $2.25 and avoid the possible parking hassles and headaches. Get off at either the Stokes Boulevard or Adelbert Road stop and the museum is a short five to seven-minute walk away.

Upcoming Exhibits, Events And Tours
“International Cleveland Community Day”
Oct. 4

Celebrate the rich and varied culture of Cleveland with a day full of artistic work, music, performances, etc. by over 50 different city area groups.

“Monotypes Painterly Prints”
Through Oct. 11

Monotype artwork is created by drawing images on a non-absorbent surface before pressing the image to paper. When it was introduced to the U.S. in the 1880s, it was taken up by artists John Sloan and Maurice Prendergast. See their work, and the work of other early Monotype artists at this exhibit.

“Gloria: Robert Rauschenberg & Rachel Harrison”
Through Oct. 25

Explore the world of revered and renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg through the eyes of another innovative and influential artist, Rachel Harrison.

“Highlight Tours”

The easiest way to see all the best pieces. Tours are daily at 1 p.m, weekends additional tours at 2 p.m.

“Second Sunday Family Days”

Families can explore the museum with children’s exhibits of dance, music and, hands-on art exhibits from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“MIX at CMA”

This is offered the first Friday of every month with music and cocktails from 5 – 9 p.m.

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Little-Known Facts 

The Cleveland Museum of Art came to be because of a trust that was begun by three wealthy Cleveland industrialists: Horace Kelley, John Huntington and Hinman Hurlbut. The building was constructed by a local firm called Hubbell & Benes for the cost of $1.25 million and was planned to be the centerpiece of the Eastside. The land on which the museum sits was donated to the city by Jeptha Wade. It used to be 75 acres of green and wooded space. So, the street that leads to the garage was named after him.

Jeptha Wade’s grandson opened the museum in 1916, stating the museum was “for the benefit of all people, forever” and that is the goal of the directors to keep it that way.

Also, with a partnership with Blue Star Museums, visitors who shop in the museum gift show will save 15 percent and a portion of the sales will be donated to military personnel and their families. 

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