Best Cleveland Museums

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, the greatest stories and biggest names in rock and roll shine on at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Designed by I.M.Pei, the building consists of seven levels housing more than 55,000sf of exhibition space, including four theaters and multiple interactive stations that tell the story of the world’s most powerful art form. The Museum first opened on September 1, 1995 with an ensemble including Yoko Ono and Little Richard before a crowd of more than 10,000 people.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is just one of many wonderful museums Cleveland has to offer. Click on the links below to find out more about all of our Museums.

A Christmas Story House

“A Christmas Story House,” located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, was the main set for the well-loved 1983 Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story.” The house is newly restored and opened as a tourist attraction and museum in November of 2006.

Children’s Museum of Cleveland

The Children’s Museum is the only institution in Cleveland completely dedicated to the overall development of young children, ages birth to eight years, through family learning. In its twenty-first year of operation, the museum continues in its mission to provide exhibits and programs that enhance child development – a place where thousands of young children annually discover the world and learn through play. To find out more about where else Cleveland kids can play click here.

Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is a great place to spend an afternoon and admission to the general collection is FREE. The new addition to the museum was recently completed and includes a large enclosed atrium which hosts many events including MIX, a monthly event of art, music, and mingling. The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever.” The museum strives to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world’s great art while honoring the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards. The museum has remained historically true to the vision of its founders, keeping general admission free to the public and with a $600 million endowment it is “one of the wealthiest in the nation.”

Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art

“MOCA” – The Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), located on Euclid Avenue in University Circle, hosts eleven temporary exhibitions each year, featuring emerging international artists as well as notable artists, in all genres, from Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

This innovative museum carries out its mission to “help people discover and explore the natural world” through a series of displays involving everything from dinosaur bones to astrological equipment plus “Lucy,” one of the oldest skeletons of humanity’s earliest ancestors.

Dunham Tavern Museum

Once a stagecoach stop on Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road, today Dunham Tavern Museum is the oldest building still standing on its original site in the city of Cleveland. The 1824 home of Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham in MidTown Cleveland is a designated Cleveland Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In stark contrast to the cityscape that surrounds it, the museum and its gardens offer a glimpse of history and insight into the lifestyles of early Ohio settlers and travelers.

Great Lakes Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center at Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor, next door to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, invites visitors of all ages to “learn by doing” with their 400 hands-on exhibits. You’ll find features on technology, the environment, the body, and the Great Lakes. There are interactive traveling exhibitions year-round, as well as an adjacent OMNIMAX theater.

International Women’s Air & Space Museum

The International Women’s Air and Space Museum (IWASM), located inside the lobby and west wing of downtown Cleveland Ohio’s Burke Lakefront Airport, celebrates the contribution of women in air and space flight with a rotating schedule of temporary exhibits. The museum is is open seven days a week and admission is free.


The USS Cod is a retired World War II SS-224 submarine, moored at Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor, near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The USS Cod, a National Historic Site, is the only such vessel to be kept intact and visitors climb the vertical ladders through its hatches, just as the sailors did during active duty.

Western Reserve Historical Society

Located in University Circle, an arts and culture district of Cleveland, the Society houses and curates collections of cultural artifacts and documents from various people of the Western Reserve. In addition, it’s filled with interesting exhibits about Cleveland from the days of Moses Cleveland to the present.

William G. Mather Museum

The William G. Mather Museum, located just north of the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland, is a retired 1925 Great Lakes bulk freighter, permanently docked and open to visitors between early May and late October. Touring this historic ship is a wonderful way to learn more about life and commerce on the Great Lakes.

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