At the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, we believe that discovery starts with you. Explore our exhibits, meet our wild animals, take a hike, join a class—all while creating meaningful memories.
We make science relatable by cultivating your curiosity. When you visit the Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to delve deep into the past in our dinosaur hall, discover the outer reaches of the Universe in Shafran Planetarium
and experience natural wonders in outdoor galleries
. Children can experience hands-on learning in Smead Discovery Center
, where the motto is "please touch!" Traveling exhibits bring the world to Cleveland with an ever-changing variety of new subjects to explore.
Beyond the Museum campus, we protect more than 6,400 acres through our Natural Areas
program. Each preserve harbors at least one unique natural community, including hardwood forest, Lake Erie island, fossil dune ridge, marsh, swamp and glacial wetland. Together, these areas represent the remarkable biological diversity that was once widespread throughout the region, and now serve as educational and scientific resources. Our naturalist-led hikes and classes provide access to a wild Ohio you may never have imagined.
The Museum is also a leader in sustainability through our GreenCityBlueLake Institute
To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health and leadership to a sustainable future.
Northeast Ohio Intermuseum Council
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is a proud member of the Northeast Ohio Intermuseum Council. Since 1942, this organization has served more than 130 institutions in Cuyahoga County and six adjacent counties, bringing together leaders from organizations large and small to better support all member institutions in their missions to serve the Northeast Ohio community and to envision a vibrant future the preservation of art, culture, history and nature in our region. Click here to find out more about the Northeast Ohio Intermuseum Council.