Welcome to the FAQ page


Q:When will The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC) open?

A:The Museum will open to the public on Monday, November 6, 2017.

Q:Where is the Museum located?

A:The Museum is located at 3813 Euclid Avenue in MidTown Cleveland, between E. 36th and E. 40th streets. The museum moved from its former location in University Circle to its current spot in the former Stager-Beckwith mansion, one of the original homes on Cleveland's "Millionaire's Row." The building, former home to The University Club, has been fully renovated with all newly designed and built child exhibits.

Q:Why did the Museum move?

A:The Museum’s lease at its University Circle location was non-renewed in January 2016 to make way for a new high-rise apartment building. Its new location is nestled in the heart of MidTown Cleveland, a midpoint between downtown Cleveland and University Circle.

Q:How can I get to the Museum?

A:Walk, run, bike, drive or ride the RTA! The Museum is centrally located in MidTown Cleveland.


By car:
The museum is 3 minutes from the Downtown Cleveland Central Business District and less than 8 minutes from the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve University. It is 20 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and close to 8 major access points to the interstate highway system (I-71, I-77, I-90 and the East 55th Street link to I-490). Most Greater Cleveland suburbs are within 10 miles.


By RTA (Regional Transit Authority):
The museum is 8 minutes from the Public Square hub for RTA’s HealthLine bus and train system. RTA's HealthLine, a state-of-the-art bus-rapid transit system, offers rail-like convenience with the flexibility of a bus. See RTA's HealthLine fees, schedule and pass information here.


By bike:
Bike racks are available on the grounds of the museum. Visitors should secure their bikes and bike trailers with a lock.

Q:If I drive, where can I park?

A:The Museum has fenced-in onsite parking for more than 100 vehicles in our private lot, more than double that of our previous location. CMC members park for free when visiting the Museum, space permitting. Non-member parking is $5 for the entire day during the museum's hours of operation. Should the parking lot fill up, spaces are not guaranteed.

Q:What will the Museum’s hours of operation be?

A:Beginning November 6, 2017, the Museum’s hours of operation will be:


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday: Closed

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Q:What is the price of admission?

A:Adults and children: $12 per person for adults and children.

Free for infants 11 months old and younger.


Members: Free with valid ID.


Admission is good for the entire day. To leave and return the same day, keep your receipt or ask the front desk attendant for a hand stamp to return later that day.

Q:What age range is the Museum best suited for?

A:The Children’s Museum of Cleveland is the only museum in Northeast Ohio dedicated to early childhood development. With the introduction of all new exhibits, the Museum has a broader appeal for children of all ages and abilities. We recommend family memberships for families with children in a wide age range.

Q:Can I purchase a membership before the Museum opens?

A:Yes! Museum members are a valued part of the CMC family. Memberships will soon be available for purchase online.

Q:Can I be notified when memberships can be purchased online?

A:Yes, sign up for our e-newsletter on the home page to be the first to learn when memberships are available for online purchase.

Q:Can I schedule my child’s birthday party before the Museum opens?

A:Yes! The Museum is a great place to host a child’s birthday party. Birthday party reservations will be available beginning Fall 2017. See our Birthday page link for details and to reserve a party room from the convenience of your home or office. Birthdays must be reserved a minimum of two weeks prior to the party date. Sign up for our e-newsletter on the home page to be the first to learn when birthday parties can be reserved online.

Q:Why must adults pay admission?

A:The Museum is committed to the idea that the parent is the child’s first teacher. We support family engagement in all of our exhibits and encourage adults to play and enjoy the exhibits alongside their children.

Q:Can adults enter the Museum without a child?

A:For the safety of our visitors, we do not allow adults without children or children without adults to enter the Museum. Please note that the Museum defines an adult as any person 18 or older. Adults interested in learning more about forthcoming information on historic mansion tours may sign up for our e-newsletter on the home page to be the first to learn of tour dates/time/admission fees. Please note that unauthorized parties are not allowed inside the Museum or on the Museum grounds at any time. To host a birthday party, family reunion, or other gatherings at the Museum, visit our Birthday Parties page to reserve a party room.

Q:Is the Museum accessible for persons with disabilities?

A:The Museum provides programs, exhibits, and spaces that are accessible to ALL visitors. CMC staff members are always available to answer questions or provide assistance.

Q:Are service animals permitted in the Museum?

A:Yes, service animals are permitted with proper documentation.

Q:Can I bring food and beverages into the Museum?

A:Yes! Guests are allowed to bring in food or have food delivered from local restaurants to enjoy in the Museum’s eating area. If placing a delivery order, please greet the delivery person outside, as they are not permitted inside the Museum. Food and drinks, other than water, are not permitted in the Museum exhibit areas. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited on the Museum property.

Snacks, beverages, and limited food selections are available in the vending machines located in the Museum’s eating area. MidTown Cleveland offers a diverse selection of restaurants from coffee shops, fast-food and fine dining. Click the link for a list of MidTown Cleveland's dining establishments.

The eating area features vending machines for snacks and beverages only. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages into the museum to enjoy. The MidTown Cleveland neighborhood has an array of restaurants nearby. Visitors may even have food delivered to the Museum while on the premises. No food or beverages, with the exception of water, are permitted in the museum exhibit areas.

(The Museum does not contract with a food service company so that our visitors are allowed to bring their own food and beverages into the building, an important aspect for families with dietary restrictions and food allergies.)

Q:May I donate dollhouses, dolls, or other objects to be included in the Making Miniatures exhibit?

A:Per the Museum’s Collections Policy, the Museum may not accept any donations to its permanent collection, which is on display in the Making Miniatures exhibit. The Museum does not have the space, resources, or staffing to properly care for any additional items in perpetuity.

Q:May I volunteer at the Museum when it opens?

A:Yes! We have a variety of volunteer positions available. Please contact us at volunteer@cmcleveland.org for more information.