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Best Museums in Cleveland

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The Cleveland Museum of Art, housed in a historic building dating back to 1916, displays some very precious paintings by renowned artists. You can check out the works of the Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams and Mario Avati. If you do not have the time to leisurely browse through all the exhibited works, sign up for guided tours that give you details of all the major exhibits. After you have explored the place, stop by the cafe for refreshments.

As the name would suggest, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History showcases exhibits on the wonders of nature. You will get to see different types of dinosaurs along with rare plants and animals. If stars and constellations interest you more, then visit the museum's Nathan and Fannye Shafran Planetarium that opened in 2002. This is a highly informative and interesting center that appeals to all ages.

When Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed coined the phrase “rock and roll,” he was laying the foundation for a cultural phenomenon and, incidentally, this museum. In 1986, three years after the creation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Cleveland became the home of the dramatic glass and steel pyramid called the Rock Hall, designed by the architect I. M. Pei. With an impressive multimedia permanent collection and continually changing temporary exhibitions, visitors can enjoy listening to songs, watching films, and looking at rock memorabilia ranging from a Cub Scout shirt worn by Jim Morrison to Madonna's bustier.

If scientific wonders intrigue you, then a trip to the Great Lakes Science Center is definitely a must. The science center offers an array of activities from fun sci-fi movies in their giant Omnimax Theater to interactive workshops for students and teachers in the classrooms. There are more than 400 scientific exhibits in different galleries to look at. After all these activities, if you are in a mood for more, sign up for one of their workshops or overnight camps. If your appetite is worked up after the brain-building experience, there are plenty of refreshment stalls and cafes to satisfy your hunger pangs.

Kids get the chance to learn, explore, and play at The Children's Museum of Cleveland. Toddlers will love the Big Red Barn, where they can play in tunnels, climb ramps, and watch barn animal puppets. Older kids will love Splish! Splash!, an exhibit about the weather and the water cycle. Raincoats are available for kids here to prevent their clothes from getting wet.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as the MOCA, has been credited with helping change the contemporary art scene in the city. MOCA features artwork from local, national and international artists. You will come across works by the likes of Iona Rozeal Brown, Julian Stanczak and Christain Wulffen. Apart from the permanent exhibits, the gallery also has temporary exhibits. The artwork displayed at MOCA redefines the art scene in Cleveland with its bold and outspoken displays.

The Akron Fossils & Science Center is noted for its hands-on guided tours and science activities. The exhibits here display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. This 4,500 square-foot museum also has an outdoor adventure park called Truassic Park. The museum is devoted to informing the people about the creationist theory on the universe's origin.

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