Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Thursdays.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum Eating Area and Gift Shop
Open during normal hours of operation. 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 also 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.)
Spring/Summer Food Truck lunchtime series
Share lunch with us! The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC) partners with neighboring MidTown organizations to offer a 2018 Spring/Summer Food Truck lunchtime series for employees, residents, and visitors to the neighborhood, including CMC museum-goers.
A food truck will be parked in the CMC parking lot for anyone to purchase food and beverages on select Mondays and Fridays. See schedule here.
Food Truck vendors should contact Kristin Gardner, Outreach Coordinator for Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Division of Children and Family Services, 3955 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 at Kristin.Gardner@jfs.ohio.gov or 216-881-5301, to inquire about available dates.
Infants 11 months and younger: Free
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC) offers a “Museum for All” program which allows families who show their Ohio EBT card to receive a discounted admission rate of $2 per person for up to 4 people in the same household. CMC is fully ADA accessible. Families with an active military ID receive $2 off admission per immediate family member. There are no discounts on memberships to keep the cost low for all.
Members with valid ID receive free parking in the museum lot during normal hours of operation, space permitting. The parking lot is accessible through the museum’s main entrance at 3813 Euclid Avenue, between E. 36th and E. 40th streets. Should the parking lot fill up, spaces are not guaranteed.
Non-members may park for a $5 daily fee.
Parking restricted for CMC visitors. Violators are subject to ticketing and towing.
Bike racks are available on the museum grounds. Visitors should secure bikes and trailers with bike locks.
RTA (Regional Transit Authority) stop
Visitors are encouraged to ride the RTA HealthLine on Euclid Avenue and exit at the E. 40th Street stop. Please cross safely at the crosswalks.
Diaper changing tables are available in the restrooms on each floor. Seating throughout the museum allows for mothers to nurse comfortably in any area, including a private nursing area in the Level One women’s restroom. If a more private and quiet space is preferred, we recommended these areas: Reading Nook, Lower Level Restroom Lobby, Eating Area, and Making Miniatures. Please find a Museum staff member for other nursing accommodations.
A coatroom is located on the 1st floor. A limited number of free lockers are available on a first-come first-served basis. Please be advised that valuables should not be left in this area and the Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Inappropriate Language and Behavior
Swearing and offensive language are not permitted in the Museum. Any behavior that is disruptive or dangerous to any visitor will result in removal from Museum property.
Admissions and Information Desk
Our Information Desk is located in the 1st floor lobby. Services provided include Visit Planning, Directions/Wayfinding, Lost and Found, First Aid, and Lost Persons.
First Aid and Lost and Found
First Aid and Lost and Found are located at the 1st floor Admissions and Information Desk in the lobby.
For the safety of all, adult caregivers should stay with their children (under the age of 18) at all times during their visit and should have a plan in place in case of accidental separation. If a child and adult become separated, a CMC staff person should be notified. The Museum has a procedure in place for reuniting children with their adult caregiver.
Museum maps are available at the Admissions and Information Desk. The Museum will offer maps in the following languages: English, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Large-print maps will also be available.
Male and female restrooms are located on each floor of the Museum. For the convenience of our visitors, a family restroom is located on each floor.
Our Museum Gift Shop is located on the 1st floor. Please visit to browse a variety of books, educational and plush toys, T-shirts, logo gifts and more!
Gift cards are available for purchase in any denomination at the Museum’s front desk or by calling 216-791-7114. For gift memberships, call 216-791-7114.
Smoking, vaping, firearms or weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden on Museum property.
Stroller parking space is limited in the Museum. Please consider leaving your stroller at home or using a small umbrella-style stroller. Strollers may be parked in the 1st floor coatroom. Please note that some exhibit spaces cannot accommodate strollers. Valuables should not be left in unattended strollers.
Free Wi-Fi is available to visitors in the Museum’s Cafe.