Cleveland Arts are moving up on critics lists, thanks to well-received expansion by the renown Museum of Art, an eye-catching Museum of Contemporary Art, a bold Jewish history Museum and diverse and deep collections at the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Cleveland Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: Currently expanding to over 430,000 square feet, visitors can see internationally acclaimed exhibitions of art from ancient Egyptian statues to Impressionist works from Renoir, Van Gogh and Monet; if you love classical art, this place is must visit; also features a new public entryway, sculpture garden and 54,000 square feet of new gallery space
ADMISSION: prices vary depending on the exhibit
DAYS & HOURS: Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun 10a–5p; Wed, Fri 10a–9p
ADDRESS: 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH MAP
PARKING: paid lots on premises
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
DESCRIPTION: Founded as The New Gallery in 1968, and then renamed the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art in 1984, it is still an emerging repository for contemporary visual arts in the Cleveland Playhouse Complex
ADMISSION: $4 Aults, $3 Seniors and Students
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun 11a-5p
ADDRESS: 8501 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH MAP
PARKING: $7 on premises
Western Reserve Historical Society
DESCRIPTION: Founded to preserve and present the history of all of the people of northeast Ohio in 1867, WRHS possesses one of the top four genealogical collections in the nation and nearly 200 autos and aircraft; also home of the African American Archives, encompassing a Civil War collection with photos and journals of African- American regiments, historic African American individual and institutional documents, the Congressional Papers of Louis Stokes, manuscripts from writer Charles W. Chestnutt and exhibits highlight the achievements of Cleveland’s Black community, among other items; primary center for the study and presentation of northeastern Ohio’s human history
ADMISSION: $10 Adult, $7 up to Age 17, Active Military save 50% off general admission
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH MAP
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2005, this 15,000 square-foot museum displays a renowned collection of Judaica and interactive exhibits from Jewish museums around the world. It celebrates the achievements of Jews in Northeast Ohio and explores the impact of the Holocaust. Paul Newman has a featured exhibit.
ADMISSION: small fee, Free until Age 12
DAYS & HOURS: Sun, Tue-Fri 11a-5p, Sat Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 2929 Richmond Road, Beechwood, OH MAP
DESCRIPTION: Between 1921 and 1922, five opulent theaters opened on Euclid Avenue between East 14th and East 17th streets and just around the corner: Allen Theatre, Ohio Theatre, State Theatre, Palace Theatre and the Hanna Theatre. Collectively, they constitute one of America’s oldest, largest and Top 3 theatre districts. By 1969, four had closed, and the fifth was limping along. Preservationists intervened in 1972 when two theatres were threatened to be razed. In 1973 within the State Theatre lobby, a new play opened with expectations of a three-week run. Buoyed by patron support, it played for two years. Preservationists continued to stave off demolition, assembled a professional management team and raised $40 million in a public/private partnership. In 1982, Ohio Theatre reopened. By the end of the 1980s, State Theatre and Palace Theatre reopened. In 1998, a restored Allen Theatre reopened with a weekend-long celebration. In 1999, Hanna Theatre began its restoration process, adding a revenue-generating street-level retail component. Today you can see all manner and sizes of Broadway plays, regional plays, repertory plays and concerts in Playhouse Square, which includes an U.S. Bank outdoor plaza.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 11a-6p at State Theatre lobby
ADDRESS: 1519 Euclid Avenue MAP
PARKING: $7.50 Playhouse Square parking garage
PHONE: 216-241-6000 or 800-766-6048
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
DESCRIPTION: Nestled along curvy banks of the Flats by Cuyahoga River, this attractive music pavilion is more like an elegant tent-covered 5,000-seat amphitheatre. Its a popular concert venue where you are likely to catch everyone from Jay-Z to John Clesse. Its a Live Nation venue.
BOX OFFICE: Noon on the day of the show
ADDRESS: 2014 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH MAP
PARKING: $5 in adjacent lots
PHONE: 216-241-5555 box office
Cleveland Public Auditorium
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1922, it has served as a concert hall, sports arena and an underground convention center with several renovations over the years. The venue seats 11,500, plus a 2,800-seat Music Hall. As you might imagine, this hall has hosted many historic political conventions and concerts. The good news is that it was recently refurbished.
BOX OFFICE: Noon on the day of the show
ADDRESS: East 6th Street at St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH MAP
PARKING: paid lots nearby
Cleveland Play House
DESCRIPTION: As the country’s first permanently established professional theatre, founded in 1915, more than 1,300 productions have played at The Cleveland Play House — more than 130 of which were American and/or world premieres. At 300,000 square feet, the Philip Johnson-designed complex houses five performance spaces, making it the largest regional theatre complex in America.
ADDRESS: 8500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH MAP
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1931 and recently completed a $36 million restoration of the artistic detailing, acoustics and patron amenities again make this landmark building one of the best concert venues in America and home to the Cleveland Orchestra; the piece de resistance is the fully restored original 6,025-pipe organ
ADDRESS: 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH MAP
Cleveland Institute of Music
DESCRIPTION: An international conservatory with graduates who perform with the world’s most acclaimed musical organizations, including 35 members of The Cleveland Orchestra. CIM recently completed a $40 million expansion for teaching, practice, rehearsal space and performance space.
ADDRESS: 11021 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH MAP