Cleveland History Center


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The Cleveland History Center houses exhibits that tell the story of Northeast Ohio through items, documents and artifacts. Through the use of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s extensive collections Cleveland History Center provides the public with a much-needed sense of place in today’s mobile society. Each document and artifact tells a story that personally engages individuals, young and old to make these stories come alive.

From the very first map of Cleveland to LeBron James’ championship shoes, journey through Cleveland’s history from 1796 to today, with the extensive collection and interactive exhibits at the Cleveland History Center. Ride on the restored Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, walk through two historic mansions, experience the evolution of the automobile in Cleveland and the world in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, and discover why Cleveland is Mad For Plaid. Cleveland Starts Here®. Cleveland Starts with You!

Our exhibits include:

Cleveland Starts Here®

 Crawford Auto-Aviation MuseumEuclid Beach Park Grand Carousel

Mad For Plaid |Carl & Louis Stokes Making History 

 Kidzibits Playzone | Research LibraryBingham-Hanna & Hay-McKinney Mansions


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So many cars…Make sure you take a ride on the carousel! – 5 Stars on Trip Advisor (05/2018)

This was by far one of the best places that we went in Cleveland. We took the guided tour through the 2 homes that are a part of the museum, which was wonderful. Lots of history that you would miss if you didn’t take the tour. My husband loved the antiques cars. The last thing we did before we left is take a carouel ride. Such fun.”

“Stopped here while visiting CWRU with our teenage son and delighted that we did. Our favorite exhibit was the classic car display of more than 30 rare automobiles, airplanes, motorcycles and even campers like the one featured on an episode of I Love Lucy. My favorite classic was the Willy’s Wheeler. Aside from the car collection, the carousel and mansion exhibits, which are impeccably maintained, take the visitor back in time to the great industrial time period in Cleveland with its grandeur and attention to finery and detail. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable too.”

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