Special Sub-Topic: Museums of Cleveland, Ohio
|This museum that opened to the public in 1941 was once a stagecoach stop an the Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road for over twenty years, starting in 1832. It was also a tavern and held meetings of the Whig party. It is the oldest building in Cleveland still standing on its original site. |
Dunham Tavern Museum. Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham built their beautiful home in 1819 and added onto it to open the tavern in 1832. It was open for business until about 1857. Upon closing, it was privately owned until 1940 when the Society for American Collectors purchased it and decorated it as it had been in the mid-1800s. The Heritage Trail on the 14 acres of land surrounding the museum goes through beautiful gardens with silhouettes at many places depicting daily life in past times.
|At which museum in University Circle can one see a sample of moon rock, a skeleton of a T-Rex named Nano, and watch an indoor fiber-optic presentation of the stars?|
Cleveland Museum of Natural History. One of my favorites, this museum holds many permanent exhibits including a large collection of dinosaur bones and skeletons. It also has an observatory open to the public on clear Wednesday nights and a fiber-optic star dome for daytime visitors. They always have interesting special exhibits such as the "Race" exhibit of September 2008-January 2009.
|What is the main exhibit at the William G. Mather Museum?|
A steamship. The 618ft steamship was built in 1925. In 1987, it was donated to the Great Lakes Historical Society by the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company after it retired as its flagship. It's a great tour because you are allowed to walk through the entire ship, but I don't recommend it for claustrophobic people. It is open from May until the end of October every year.
|This museum, located on Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, built a giant wind turbine in front of it as part of its new exhibits about renewable energy. It is also home to the six-story OMNIMAX Theater. |
Great Lakes Science Center. The center has over 400 hands-on permanent exhibits and is always hosting special exhibits as well. The Polymer Fun house is great for kids 7 and under. My favorite permanent exhibit is the Bridge of Fire, a static generator. It causes your hair to stand on end if you touch it!
|Admission to the Cleveland Museum of Art is free, but the works I have seen there are priceless. Which of these paintings is NOT a part of their permanent exhibit at this time?|
Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa". Cleveland is lucky enough to have one of Monet's "Water Lilies," the other two are currently in Kansas City and St.Louis. They also have Leonardo Da Vinci's "Virgin and Child," and Picasso's "Woman with a Cape." The "Mona Lisa" is famously displayed at the Louvre in France.
|At which Cleveland museum would you be able to see tributes to Valentina Tereshkova, Sally K. Ride, Judith A. Resnik, and many other women in the same field?|
International Women's Air & Space Museum. Valentina Tereshkova, of Russia, was the first woman in space. Sally K. Ride was the first American female in space, and Judith A. Resnik was killed on the ill-fated 1986 Challenger mission. By the way, the Bata Shoe Museum really exists and is in Toronto.
|This museum on Lake Erie looks like a giant glass pyramid from the front with white geometric shapes making up the rear of the building. It opened in 1995 and has attracted visitors from all over the United States and the rest of the world. |
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (Cleveland Cultural Center and Museum, Football Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Ethnographic Museum). The 143,000sq.ft. building was designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of New York City. The amazing museum takes up most of the large building, whereas the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a relatively small, dark room at the top of the museum displaying white back-lit names and autographs of the inductees. Nevertheless, it is still an amazing museum that I would recommend to anyone who gets a chance to visit Cleveland.
|The Crawford_______ Museum on E108th St. is one of the top ten in the nation out of every public collection like it. What is this museum famous for?|
Auto-Aviation. The Crawford Collection of The Western Reserve Historical Society has over 200 antique and classic cars, motorcycles, and aircraft. Admission to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum ($8) also gets you into the adjoining History Museum which houses one of the top ranked costume collections from the late 1700s to the present.
|This museum on Ontario Street opened in 1983 and includes the "Kingsbury Run Death Masks" and the first telegraph-telephone alarm system. There is also a full-size model of a horse. Which museum is this?|
The Cleveland Police Museum. This museum is attached to the Justice Center and has many exhibits on police accomplishments, and it also displays many cases and people associated with the CPD since its inception in 1866. The 13 Kingsbury Death Masks are molds formed from the heads of the decapitated victims of a serial killer from the 1930s. The detectives made these and put them on display to try and get the public to help identify the victims, but it was almost totally unsuccessful. Some are even made with hair from the actual victims. The police investigated for years, but the killer was never caught.
|This museum is a smaller one that is located in an eastern suburb of Cleveland, called Eastlake, where many people of this heritage reside. An example of an exhibit that has been featured there is Castles of Zagorje. The heritage of what country is celebrated and displayed at this museum?|
Croatia. The Croatian Heritage Museum and Library is inside of the American Croatian Lodge. Admission is free. The exhibits change roughly every month, and anyone who lives in the area with Eastern European heritage or who wants to learn about one of those cultures should check it out.
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