Cleveland Ohio Museums & Hall of Fame Attractions

Downtown Cleveland Ohio with coal slag in the forefront.
Downtown Cleveland Ohio with coal slag in the forefront. | Source

Cleveland Ohio – Did You Know?

Cleveland is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie in northeastern Ohio and named after its founder General Moses Cleaveland. Records show that the “a” was dropped after there was a problem fitting the full name into a newspaper masthead.

Cleveland was founded in 1796 as a manufacturing center due to the lake shore location and connection to numerous canals and railroad lines. Interestingly, in 1879, Cleveland became the world’s first city to be fully lighted electrically.

There are many fun and worthwhile places to visit in Cleveland including unique museums and hall of fame’s. The locations described below each have a “hot link” directly to the individual website for your convenience. Enjoy!

Cleveland, Ohio is on the Southern Shores of Lake Erie

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Cleveland Police Historical Museum

1300 Ontario Street, 1st Floor Justice Center, Cleveland, OH 44113

216.623.5055

Cleveland Police Museum

FREE admission. The museum is devoted to collecting and preserving police history. A priority is to educate the public to continuously foster a mutual understanding and respect between the public and law enforcement. Educators are encouraged to use the museum as a learning resource.

Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame

605 East 222nd Street Cleveland, OH 44123

216.261.3263

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame

FREE admission. The Polka Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving and promoting polka music. It was founded in 1987 and operated by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation.

Croatian Heritage Museum & Library

34900 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095

440.946.2044

Croatian Heritage Museum & Library

This unique museum and library is committed to the collection and preservation of Croatian history, culture and fine art.

Dittrick Museum of Medical History

11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

216.368.3648

Dittrick Museum of Medical History

FREE admission. The museum originated as part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association established back in 1894. Today, it functions as part of the Case Western Reserve University College of Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary study center.

Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. | Source

Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

216.694.2000

Great Lakes Science Center

A day at the Great Lakes Science Center is a fun-filled, brain-building experience. With over 400 hands-on exhibits, movies at the giant-screen Omnimax Theatre and continuous special events, visitors are likely to return again and again.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

216.593.0575

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

The museum promotes an understanding of Jewish culture, religion and history. It serves as an educational resource for Northeast Ohio communities to build bridges of tolerance and appreciation for all ethnic backgrounds

Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. | Source

Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame Museum

751 Erieside Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114

216.781.7625

Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame Museum

Educating visitors, fans and scholars from around the world, this world-class museum is devoted to the preservation and celebration of rock and roll music.

Ukranian Museum & Archives

1202 Kenilworth Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113

216.781.4329

Ukranian Museum & Archives

Located in Cleveland’s historic Tremont neighborhood, the museum was founded in 1952 to preserve Ukranian history and culture during a time when information was being deliberately destroyed in Soviet Ukraine.

Cleveland Ohio Attractions

If you have never visited Cleveland, Ohio, I do hope you get the opportunity. There are so many attractions that make this city fun and interesting. It's a great place to visit and live too. Who knows, you may not want to leave!

In addition to the museums listed here in the Cleveland area, there are many more fascinating museums and hall of fame's to learn about and visit that are very close by. Learn more in my article Akron/Canton Ohio Museums & Hall of Fame Attractions. Thank you for stopping by!

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I was born in Cleveland and left when I was quite young. My mother decided one day she was tired of the snow. I have been back a few times...Cumberland Park ...I thought it was so big and realized that is was quite small when I saw it as an adult. You did a great job on covering important places of interest. Voting UP...andsharing...


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sharyn!! Do you live in Cleveland? I lived in Mill Creek.....34 years ago! Yes... a long long time ago....But I really liked it!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Carol ~ I understand "tired of the snow" but if all Cleveland winters could be like last year, that would be great. I am not that familiar with Cumberland Park. I am in Parma just south of Cleveland. Funny, I remember when I was young thinking how "big" things were too, ha. A trip to somewhere a half hour away was like a vacation. Thanks so much for you feedback and sharing.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Paula ~ YES, I thought you knew that? I'm in the suburb Parma which is on the south border of Cleveland. You lived in Mill Creek? Now I did not know that! Are you talking about Mill Creek in Mahoning County? Either way, you still are not that far away from me being in New York! Thanks for stopping by dear!

Sharyn


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The next time I drive through Cleveland I will not only have a reason to stay and visit you but I'd really like to see The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That building looks awesome!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I just went to a focus group that had us view some advertising for Cleveland tourism and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in particular. None of us thought of Cleveland as a tourist destination when we started, but we were all convinced at the end that it might be worth a look see. They didn't discuss the other museums, but now from reading this hub, I see there are even more things to see there. The science center seems intriguing to me as well.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OMG...Parma?? I am soooo sorry I said "Mill Creek"....I was half asleep....Mill Creek is where I lived when we lived outside the city of Erie PA .in the '80's! In Cleveland, which was 1976.....we lived in North Royalton....and were in Parma all the time...to shop and go out to eat, etc!!! I still go to N. Royalton at least once a year to stay the week-end with a friend, who was my neighbor in N. Royalton. We've remained close all these years......At the time, we lived in a development called "Independence Place"....She now lives on Edgerton Drive........I cannot believe this! I worked in Strongsville.

All this time, Sharyn, I had no idea that is where you are from....or I surely would have pointed out this "connection," sooner! So now.....you KNOW what I'm thinking!! Next time, we definitely have to get together!!

I can't believe there's a Mill Creek, Ohio.....that was a mistake on my part! :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Susan ~ you better come and visit me. You really aren't that far. It would be great to meet you and go to the Rock Hall too. Thanks for checking this out.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Shasta ~ wow, the focus group has stuff to learn. There are quite a few things to see in Cleveland that would make it an enjoyable trip. Nice to know they are working on bringing in more visitors. Thanks for your great feedback!

Sharyn


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Only one word needed here:Brilliant!!!

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Paula ~ Wow, cool! You were probably 5-10 minutes from me. You were off of York Road and I am at the bottom of State Road hill. My great aunt lives off Edgerton, has her own street named after the family last name, Prell Drive. There's like 5 houses on the street.

What fun! You better look me up if you come near here. I would love to meet you :) Thank you so much for your feedback. BTW, I've never been to Mill Creek!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Eddy ~ thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed your day too!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Well....I'll BE! Yes, it is "cool."


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Paula ~ let me know next time you are in town!

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