Cleveland Ohio and Northeast Ohio are known for their many cultural institutions. If you're looking for a gift for a "hard-to-buy-for" Cleveland Ohio resident, consider giving a museum membership. Not only will they be able to enjoy a year's admission, but most memberships come with extra benefits, such as museum store discounts and special events.
Yes, admission to the permanent collection of Cleveland's world-class museum is free, but not the temporary exhibits. Museum members also receive reciprocal admission at dozens of museums around the US as well as invitations to special museum events and discounts at the Cleveland Museum of Art store.
In the just over 10 years that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been open, it has become a symbol of Cleveland. Membership give you a year's admission to see the artifacts, costumes, memorablia, and special exhibitions. The museum also includes a half-year (26 issues) subscription to Rolling Stone Magazine.
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, located south of Cleveland in Akron's northern neighborhoods, is a wonderfully restored 1920s "Industrial Age" estate, once the home of Goodyear founder, F.A. Seiberling and his family. Members of Stan Hywet get a year's admission to the manor house and grounds, two tickets to the annual "Ohio Mart", a discount on special events at the estate and at the museum shop, and reciprocal admission to over 150 gardens around the US and Canada.
The Western Reserve Historical Society, located at Cleveland's University Circle, tells the story of Cleveland from the early pioneer days to the present. Also on site is the Crawford Auto/Aviation Museum. Members get free admission to the two museums as well as Hale Farm and Lawnfield, the home of President James A Garfield. They also receive guest passes, a discount at the museum shop, and invitations to members-only events at the museum.
The Cleveland Botanical Garden, at University Circle, features a magnificent Glasshouse biodome as well as an outdoor herb garden, rose garden, and fanciful children's garden, among others. Members to the Garden receive free admission to the Glasshouse and the gardens as well as a discount in the museum's fabulous giftshop.
The Great Lakes Science Center sits along the harborfront in downtown Cleveland. Exhibits include over 250,000 square feet of hands-on learning experiences plus an adjacent Omni-Max theater. Members get free admission to the GLSC, free passes to the Omni-Max theater, a discount at the museum store, and reciprocal admission to over 200 other science museums across the US.
The Cleveland Museum of Modern Art (MOCA), located adjacent to the Cleveland Playhouse, hosts three exciting and varied exhibits each year. Members receive unlimited admission, the museum's newsletter, invitations to exhibit openings, free parking, and discounts at ArtSpace, the museum store, as well as other area cultural events, including the Cleveland International Film Festival.