Cleveland History Center

10825 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106 - United States

216-721-5722

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The Cleveland History Center serves as the headquarters for the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) and houses exhibits that help in telling the story of Northeast Ohio and our region. Through the use of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s extensive collections, the Cleveland History Center provides guests of all ages the opportunity to immerse themselves in history like never before. Each exhibit, each item, tells a story that personal engages visitors and helps to bring these stories to life.

From the very first map of Cleveland to LeBron James’ championship shoes, guests will journey through Cleveland’s history from 1796 to today. Take a ride on the historic Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, walk through two historic mansions, get behind the wheel of Cleveland’s automotive history when you visit the exhibits in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, and discover one of the most comprehensive costumes and textiles collections in the nation when you visit the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing.

Cleveland Starts Here®. Cleveland Starts with You!

Exhibits

Cleveland Starts Here® sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation
First-time visitors and life-long residents will immerse themselves in Cleveland’s stories from the 1790s to today. Using the latest technologies and digital media, rarely seen images, films, art and historical artifacts are now accessible for visitors to experience.

The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum
This collection highlights the technological advances and social mobility in
American society and reflects the intersection of design, art, and transportation.

Mad For Plaid in the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing
Popularized for the masses by Queen Victoria, plaid connects to history, classic chic, prepsters, grunge, and the hipster known as the urban woodsman. This exhibition showcases Northeastern Ohio’s men, women, and children who wear plaid, highlighting recognizable brands, pop culture, and the heritage behind it all.

Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel
Colorful, hand-carved wooden horses, once at Euclid Beach Park on Cleveland’s lakefront, welcome riders once again in the Carousel Pavilion at the Cleveland History Center. Visitors are able to ride the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

Two carousel ride tokens are given for each paid museum admission.

A City Worth Fighting For | Cleveland’s Role in WWI
When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, Cleveland unleashed its industrial might to aid the cause of Allied victory. A City Worth Fighting For | Cleveland’s Role in WWI illustrates many of the key contributions made both by Cleveland’s businesses and its citizens, including George Crile, Myron Herrick, and Newton D. Baker. The exhibition examines the war’s effects on Cleveland and its ethnic makeup.

Carl & Louis Stokes Making History
This exhibit honors Mayor Carl B. Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, and is built as a continuation of their legacy of leadership, advocacy and action.

The stories of the political careers of Carl & Louis Stokes illuminate and define broader issues in African-American and American urban history. While the exhibit celebrates the achievements of Carl and Louis Stokes, it also uses their experiences to reflect on and explore topics such as the Civil Rights Movement, social and economic disparity and the rise and importance of heroes and exemplars.

Hay-McKinney and Bingham-Hanna Mansions
These houses, which previously belonged to prominent Clevelanders, showcase the Society’s outstanding collection of fine and decorative arts. Both mansions are available for self-guided tours, and guided tours of Hay-McKinney Mansion are available Friday-Sunday.

Kidzibits Playzone
Kidzibits inspires our young visitors, from pre-school through age 9, to explore and engage with history. Adults will find something for them as well—so bring the whole family!

Research Library
Since its founding, the primary focus of the WRHS Research Library has been the documentation of the many facets of the history of Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio. This portrayal includes religion, politics, immigration, gender, ethnicity, transportation, business, labor, war, philanthropy, medicine, leisure, and countless other dimensions of life in the region. These diverse collections appeal to a wide spectrum of users including scholars, students, genealogists, historians, hobbyists, government, media, and others.

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