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Cleveland Museums

Cleveland's museums are some of the best in the country -- even the world. Find out more about this diverse set of attractions.

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame
The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, located in Euclid, just east of Cleveland, chronicles the history of Polka from the early part of the 20th century to the present. The free museum features a variety of artifacts, including Frank Yankovic's accordion and stage costumes.

Hubbard House
Hubbard House was one of over 30 stations along the "Underground Railroad" located in Ashtabula County, an hour's drive east of Cleveland. Many of these simple, mid-19th century homes still stand today, a tribute to the brave men and women who lived there. One such home is the William and Catherine Hubbard House, right on Lake Erie. Today,...

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, in the eastern Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, opened in late 2005. It is a beautiful, 24,000-square foot building that tells the story of the Jewish community in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio -- from the 18th century to the present -- with exhibits, interactive computer displays, and video.

Dunham Tavern Museum
Dunham Tavern, located on Euclid Avenue between downtown Cleveland and University Circle, is the oldest building in Cleveland still on its original site. The clapboard structure, built in 1824, was an important stop along the stagecoach route between Buffalo and Detroit. Today, the museum houses period art and furnishings and hosts periodic...

William G. Mather Museum
The William G. Mather Museum, located just north of the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland, is a retired 1925 Great Lakes bulk freighter, permanently docked and open to visitors between early May and late October. Touring the ship is a wonderful way to learn more about life and commerce on the Great Lakes.

Children's Museum of Cleveland
The Children's Museum of Cleveland is an interesting and interactive place for kids and adults to learn and have fun together. Located in the University Circle neighborhood, the museum, established in 1981, welcomes visitors year round.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, located in Cleveland's University Circle area, is a treasure trove of over 4 million specimans. Exhibits include Dinosaur bones, natural gemstones and fossils, and a huge section on Ohio birds, plant life, insects, and archeology. A planetarium teaches kids and adults all about the moon, the stars, and...

Western Reserve Historical Society
The Western Reserve Historical Society, located in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood, is acutally two musueums -- the History Museum and the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum -- plus an extensive library. It's rarely crowded and it's filled with interesting exhibits about Cleveland from the days of Moses Cleaveland to the present.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Learn about Cleveland's top attraction, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cleveland Museum of Art
Learn about one of Cleveland's greatest treasures -- the Cleveland Museum of Art. Admission is free to the permanent collection.

Inside Cleveland's Crawford Auto Museum
Cleveland, from 1890 to 1920, had a dozen quality automobile manufactures, including Winton Motors, White Motors, and Peerless. Examples of these early autos can be found in Cleveland's Crawford Auto Museum, created by TRW founder and early aviator, Frederick Crawford.

The Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art
The Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, located behind the Cleveland Playhouse on Carneigie Avenue, hosts eleven temporary exhibitions each year, featuring emerging international artists as well as notable artists, in all genres, from Northeast Ohio. What's more: admission is FREE on Fridays.

Favorite Rock Hall Memory
Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not just for visitors. Residents also enjoy the museum's diverse collection of costumes, music, and memorabilia. Do you have a favorite Rock Hall memory? If so, share it with About.com Cleveland readers.

USS Cod
The USS Cod is a retired World War II SS-224 submarine, moored at Cleveland's North Coast Harbor, near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The USS Cod, a National Historic Site, is the only such vessel to be kept intact and visitors climb the vertical ladders through its hatches, just as the sailors did during active duty.

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