Today's hours: 10am to 5pm 216.231.4600
The King of Dinosaurs

Hours & Admission

Museum Hours

Monday through Saturday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday: 10am-10pm
Sunday: Noon-5pm
Closed: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Museum closes at 4pm Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Smead Discovery Center Hours

Monday through Saturday: 10am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 1-4:30pm

Exploration Restaurant Hours

Monday through Friday: 10am-3pm (Breakfast 10-11am)
Saturday: 11am-3pm
Sunday: 12:30-3:30pm*
*Closed on Easter Sunday

General Admission

Adults (19+): $14
Youths (3-18): $10
College students with ID: $10
Seniors (60+ or with a Golden Buckeye Card): $10
Toddlers (2 and younger): Free
$7 flat rate after 5pm Wednesdays
Members are always free!

Planetarium Tickets

$5 with general admission
Free for members and toddlers
Planetarium Schedule


Guarded, well-lit parking is available, space permitting, in the Museum's lot off of Wade Oval Drive during Museum hours. Accessible parking is available.
Members receive $5 flat rate parking and members at the Mentor level receive free parking. General parking is $8 minimum for the first two and a half hours, $1 for each additional half hour, with a daily maximum of $14. Special event parking is $10. Museum sponsored special event parking is $6. Parking is provided on a first come, first served basis and is intended for use by Museum visitors. Commuter parking is not permitted. Space is limited—please don't abuse this privilege.
The city of Cleveland offers 24 metered parking spaces on Wade Oval Drive. Meters are coin-operated and offer short-term parking only, limited to two hours. These may be inaccessible during special events such as Wade Oval Wednesday.

Group Rates

Group rates are available for parties of 12 or more who wish to see the Museum on their own self-guided tour. Groups or individuals may arrange for a docent-guided tour of our galleries for a small additional fee. Please reserve these rates in advance. Ask us about special needs or alternative language tours.

On the day of your visit, one representative of your group should check in at the admissions desk and make a single payment for your group. To pay for a group tour using a purchase order, we must receive the purchase order in advance of your visit.

To arrange a group tour, call (216) 231-1177 or email
To arrange a school group or field trip, see Planning a School Visit.

Methods of Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, traveler’s checks and in-state personal checks with photo ID.

Photography Policy

The general public is welcome to take photographs of any permanent exhibit. Flash photography is permitted; however, please ask at the admissions desk if an event or class is occurring in the galleries that will not allow the disruption.

  • All cameras and video cameras must be hand held; no extra lighting or tripod set-up
  • No photography for commercial use without prior permission
  • All traveling exhibits are subject to photographic and video restrictions

Professional photographers are required to obtain a photographic release. Images or video of the Museum may not be published in any format without prior consent. Direct inquires to the admissions desk or security.