Cleveland Museum of Natural History

About Cleveland Museum of Natural History

At the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, we believe that discovery starts with you. Explore our exhibits, meet our wild animals, take a hike, join a class—all while creating meaningful memories.

We make science relatable by cultivating your curiosity. When you visit the Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to delve deep into the past in our dinosaur hall, discover the outer reaches of the Universe in the Shafran Planetarium, and experience natural wonders in outdoor galleries. Children can experience hands-on learning in Smead Discovery Center, where the motto is "please touch!" Traveling exhibits bring the world to Cleveland with an ever-changing variety of new subjects to explore.

Beyond the Museum campus, we protect more than 11,000 acres through our Natural Areas Program. Each preserve harbors at least one unique natural community, including hardwood forest, Lake Erie island, fossil dune ridge, marsh, swamp, and glacial wetland. Together, these areas represent the remarkable biological diversity that was once widespread throughout the region, and now serve as educational and scientific resources. Our naturalist-led hikes and classes provide access to a wild Ohio you may never have imagined.

The Museum is also a leader in sustainability through our GreenCityBlueLake Institute.

To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.

To explore, engage, and empower for a better tomorrow.


Kirtlandia Intern in Archaeology

June 2021 - August 2021 Cleveland, OH
“It gave me a lot of good experience in my field. I got to make connections with a lot of other people who are in the field. ”

Wildlife Resource Center 2019 Kirtlandia Research Intern

May 2019 - August 2019 Cleveland, OH
“I loved getting hands-on experience with animal care! Getting to spend every day with beautiful and unique animals was a blessing. ”
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