The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is many things to many people. It’s a highly anticipated field-trip, a first-date, an escape from a hot summer day or cold and snowy afternoon. Free admission year-round makes going to the Cleveland Museum of Art an experience everyone can enjoy, just as founders intended when they proclaimed the museum would be “for the benefit of all the people forever” and a vast collection keeps people coming back for more.
One of Cleveland’s most visited attractions, the Cleveland Museum of Art is currently undergoing a massive $350 million expansion and renovation. Upon completion the museum will offer 20,000 square feet of new educational space and 35,300 square feet of new gallery space for total museum space of 595,500 square feet.
CMA’s collection boasts more than 30,000 works of art ranging over 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, and includes masterpieces from all over the world. Currently there are more than 40 galleries open with more to come. The museum’s permanent collection includes African Art, Ancient Egyptian Art, Ancient Near East, Greek and Roman Art, American Painting and Sculpture, Contemporary Art, Decorative Art and Design, Drawings, European Painting and Sculpture, 1500 to 1800, Medieval Art, Modern European Painting and Sculpture, Photography and Prints. 13th century through 16th century Europe, Western Medieval, Art of the Americas, Islamic, Textiles, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian and Southeast Asian Art will not be on view until the end of the building project.
In addition to the staple permanent collections, each year the museum offers world-class traveling exhibitions, musical performances, educational programs, festivals, guest speakers and a parade which attracts one of the largest crowds of any Cleveland event.
CMA is situated amongst a slew of other popular attractions in Cleveland’s University Circle. The most densely packed square mile of arts and culture in the county, UCI is also home to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Glidden House, Case Western Reserve University and more.
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