1. Jack Desmond

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    If you’ve never been here, probably worth it to bring the kids. But the place is seriously outdated, in terms of exhibts, decour, everything. Like a lot of general purpose non-profit museums, the administration here just does NOT get that you have to spend money (and fundraise) to make money. I understand that there are plans for an expansion, but I’m told donations aren’t enough to make it so.

  2. Marie Meszaros

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    Great exhibits, consistent upgrades, nice programs, well worth the membership fee. Could spend days there exploring.

  3. Amber Wallace

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    I was an intern there this summer so… I had gone through the museum a couple of times while I was working there and Still don’t think I got to see every thing, even when I went through it a 3rd time after my research presentation with my mother a boyfriend. There are some really fun exhibits. Like the Gem stones… This exhibit may not have been as large as the Smithsonian of Natural History’s was but it was still great! And the Opals in the collection far surpassed the ones in the Smithsonian’s collection. I also was impressed by the fact that they have an actual Ice Core on display. Of course this is the home of the Hammond Todd Collection and there is a great deal of prestige attached to that. The animals out side while it might be cool to show some city kids what lurks in the woods in Ohio some parts are honestly kind of sad… The Raccoons, 3 of the very fat Raccoons were pacing back and forth on a 3 foot stretch of the fence like they had gone crazy, poor things. The Fossils are great! I just loved this museum. The gift shop is absurdly priced,like most places like that. For a tiny Balto stuffed animal they wanted 16 bucks thats a dollar less than the larger stuffed animals that weren’t of an item on exhibit. But they did have some good sales, a salt lamp for only 15 bucks and my mom got a shirt for only 7 bucks. One thing that you cannot pass up is the Cafe. Now you may think it like many attraction’s food places is over priced but I didn’t think this one was. I found the prices to be extremely reasonable especially for the amount of food you got. And the food… I worked at the museum every day for 8 weeks and I’m a starving college student. The food is amazing a prepared right in front of you. And they have daily specials. But I recommend The chicken strips with the home made chips or a Chicken Philly sandwich. The Staff at this museum is amazing. They are so nice. Everyone from the curators to the security guards and the cafe staff were some of the most friendly and nice people I ever had the pleasure of meeting. In fact one security guard, knew my name by the second day of my internship, and he always brightened my morning. I really do love this place and I will be going back one day.

  4. Rachael Anson

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    My boyfriend and I visited here on a Saturday. We made sure to arrive shortly after opening, so parking was no problem and there was no line for admission. Most of the exhibits were very, very good – I particularly enjoyed the Whales Tohora special exhibit – however, the paleontology and anthropology sections were extremely outdated. For example, an Apatosaurus skeleton is labeled as a Brontosaurus, even though that classification has been out of use for over a decade. Also, a section dedicated to the history of Native Americans in Ohio contains information that has been disputed by scholars for quite some time. In addition, the outdoor Ohio animal exhibit made me more sad than interested. The songbird aviary was closed with no explanation (too cold?) and the enclosures for the animals that WERE present were small and unembellished. I wish there was more information about conservation efforts in place. Perhaps a collaboration with the zoo would be in order?We were able to make our way though the museum, including special exhibitions, within 4 hours. Trying to navigate around whatever special event was being set up for was a pain, but most of the exhibits were easily accessible. The cafe was overpriced but the food was decent, and I was pleased to see that all utensils and dishes were compostable. The gift shop is mostly aimed at children.Overall, it was a decent experience, but my visit did not meet the expectations I had set for similar Cleveland establishments after visiting the Cleveland Zoo and the Museum of Art.

  5. Patrick Daugherty

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    Highly recommended, but our experience was similar to Rachael’s review. The special exhibits and newer areas present well. First time in the planetarium for me, great facility, solid program and the host was great, ready for serious questions if the kids give him a break. However, I was surprised that the paleontology area hasn’t changed substantially since I was a child some forty years ago: the text material presentation is overdue for an update, Overall, still a great place packed with enough inherently amazing material about the formation and history of our world to make it worth your while.

  6. Joewysteph

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    I bought a membership on 2015 because as a kid I went to this museum and loved it. Especially the dinosaur display used to move and very fun. Now that I have a 2 year old I took him it was super boring everything is outdated!!!!!!! Dinosaurs dont mov