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The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for its extensive collection of nearly 45,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of art history. Following a recent multi-phase renovation and expansion project, it has become a major international hub for exhibitions, scholarly research, performing arts, and art education. It ranks among the top comprehensive art museums in the United States and is free for all visitors.

The museum was established in 1916 with significant contributions from Cleveland industrialists like Hinman B. Hurlbut, John Huntington, and Horace Kelley, as well as Jeptha H. Wade II, who donated the Wade Park property for its location. These founders' endowments continue to support the museum. The original neoclassical building, designed by the Cleveland firm of Hubbell & Benes and constructed for $1.25 million, remains a centerpiece in the Fine Arts Garden north of Wade Lagoon.


Visiting the museum’s collections is always free to the public. Some special exhibitions may carry a charge and tickets may be purchased online, at the ticket center, or by calling 216-421-7350.


The museum has its own parking garage, accessible from Jeptha Drive. The garage is conveniently located within a few minutes’ walking distance to all major University Circle institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Western Reserve Historical Society, Case Western Reserve University, and Severance Hall.

  • Designated accessible parking, noted with signage, is available on the top level of the parking garage, a short distance from the museum’s north entrance, and on level P2 in the parking garage, which connects to the lower level of the museum through an interior tunnel.
  • Parking fees for the museum’s garage may be paid in advance during the ticket reservation process. Visitors can also pay on-site at the garage entrance using a credit card. The museum highly recommends paying parking fees in advance.

Alternatively, metered street parking is available near the museum.


Museums & Galleries

Parks & Gardens

1. Cleveland Botanical Garden

4 minute walk
For seventy-five years, Cleveland Botanical Garden has been one of North...

Universities & Libraries

1. Harold T. Clark Library at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

3 minute walk
The Harold Terry Clark Library, Rare Book Collection and Museum Archives...

2. Ingalls Library & Museum Archives at the Cleveland Museum of Art

< 1 minute walk
The Ingalls Library mission is to support the museum’s current and...

Shopping and Retail

1. Cleveland Botanical Garden Store

4 minute walk
The Garden Store is an inspiring place to shop for the gardener – ...


1. The Garden Café at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

4 minute walk
All year long, the Garden Café uses fresh ingredients to make art...

2. Provenance Café at the Cleveland Museum of Art

2 minute walk
Provenance Café features lunch, dinner, and snack options made in...

3. Provenance Restaurant at the Cleveland Museum of Art

2 minute walk
Provenance is a 50-seat contemporary restaurant and lounge that features...

4. Origins Café at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

3 minute walk
Origins Café is the Museum's new on-site, year-round café ...

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