Hours of Operation
Monday through Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday: noon to 5 pm
Box office for phone calls and ticket sales: Monday through Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Closed: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas
Day and New Year’s Day. The Museum closes at 4 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
General Admission Tickets
Adults (ages 19 and up): $12; $6 after 5 pm on Wednesdays
Youths (ages 3 through 18): $10
College students with ID: $10
Seniors (60 and up or with a Golden Buckeye Card): $10
Toddlers (age 2 and under): FREE
Click here for additional information about discounts and special offers.
$4 each with general admission
FREE for members and their guests
FREE for toddlers (children’s planetarium programs scheduled weekends and school holidays)
Group rates are available for parties of 12 or more who wish to see the Museum on their own (self-guided). Groups or individuals may arrange for a docent-guided tour of our galleries for a small additional fee. Please reserve these rates in advance.
Please 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 216-231-8002 or email Groupsales@cmnh.org.
Methods of Payment
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, traveler’s checks and in-state personal checks with photo ID.
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 are hand held; no extra lighting or tripod set-up
No photography for commercial use without prior Museum 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 Images or video of the Museum may not be published in any format without prior consent.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.
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.
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. Museum members at and above the Friend membership level receive free parking with a valid admission receipt. 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.
The Blue Planet Café offers full lunch service from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday, and from noon to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Soups, salads, sandwiches and other lunch specials are available along with fountain beverages, coffee, fresh fruit and more. Cash and credit cards are accepted.