What's New? Children's Museum of Cleveland

November 7, 2017
Children's Museum of Cleveland

What's New?


After nearly two years of work, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland has made its grand reopening in the historic former Stager-Beckwith mansion—one of the last remnants of Cleveland’s famed Millionaire’s Row.

The museum features a number of new, interactive experiences for children, such as Adventure City, which is a two-story city-themed playground with a market, construction site, garage, and the kind of climbing opportunities that kids live for (while fostering imagination and burning some of that amazing youthful energy).

A Making Miniatures exhibit features an incredible display of dollhouses, including a replica of the Stager-Beckwith mansion that actually resembles a dollhouse from the exterior, creating an open invitation for imagination and play.

Clearly a favorite, the Wonder Lab gives children a chance to play and learn at large water tables featuring whirlpools, rivers, water jets, and bubbles in this industrial science lab. Here, kids can shoot scarves through a long, twisting, clear pneumatic tube that ultimately drops the scarf from the ceiling to float to the ground like a feather. Cue the fascinated look of awe.

Finally, kids can explore their own creativity in the Arts & Parts Studio, where young artists can don a paint-shirt and create with all sorts of materials to channel their inner Picasso or Rodin.

The museum first opened in a remodeled Howard Johnson’s restaurant on University Circle in 1986. With a lease set to expire, the museum acquired the historic Stager-Beckwith mansion in late 2014, and invested nearly $10 million into the facility. The former mansion provides four times the space it had in its former location and features a large, easily accessible parking lot, a gift shop, café, family restrooms, a sensory friendly room, and space for birthday parties.

Hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. (closed Thursdays), Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday noon–5 p.m. Admission is $12 for children and adults. Children 11 months and younger are free.

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