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The King of Dinosaurs


In the 1830s, Cleveland’s first natural history collections were housed in a small wooden building on Public Square. Its two rooms were crowded with animal specimens, earning it the nickname “the Ark.”

The gentlemen who frequented the Ark had a passion for the natural sciences. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History was founded in 1920 in the spirit of this group.

Today, the Museum is considered among the finest institutions of its kind in North America.