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There’s no shadow of a doubt— this groundhog is the cutest “meteorologist” ever.
We’re thrilled to announce that a mythical meteorologist has joined the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The Museum’s new groundhog ambassador, also known as Murray, has been dubbed Ohio’s next weather-predicting whistle-pig, Buckeye Chuck!
Since Chuck arrived at the Museum in June 2023, he has been training for educational and medical purposes. As all the Museum’s animal ambassadors participate in training and enrichment on a voluntary basis, our Wildlife staff will begin to introduce him to a “den” so he can choose to participate in a hands-off weather prediction on February 2, 2024. Stay tuned for video updates on his training progress!
Honey, we shrunk the doggo. 🐺
It’s official: our Digital Asset Manager is a wizard. Check out this 1:4 scale model of Museum icon and famous sled-dog, Balto! Using 3D technology—specifically, the Artec Leo—we began experimenting with 3D scanning the unique texture of Balto’s fur. After a successful print, the Museum’s archivist meticulously painted the model to perfectly capture Balto’s good looks. What do you think?
You can visit Balto in the Museum’s new Visitor Hall! Remember—Cleveland and East Cleveland residents can enjoy free admission every Sunday as part of the Mandel Foundation Community Days.
Loving the videos from our kick-off Think & Drink with the Extinct event!
Don't miss the final days of Andy Warhol's Endangered Species series on display in Corning Gallery! The screenprints will be going back into the collection on Monday, January 8 to make room for our newest exhibit, "Discovering Dunk." Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming exhibit!
With your support, we spent this last year furthering scientific research, encouraging curiosity within the Museum community, stewarding Ohio’s precious natural areas, and inspiring the next generation to protect our planet—thank you. Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year! 🎉
These tiny screech owls made the most polite (and adorable) appearance in the Museum’s special-edition wildlife calendar! The Professor (left) and Alastor (right) both came to the Museum in 2018 with eye injuries that would not allow them to hunt in nature. Two-thirds of the eastern screech owl population are gray phases like Alastor, while the remaining third are red phases like Professor.
View more residents from Perkins Wildlife Center when you support the Museum. Make a gift to the Annual Fund of $100 or more to receive our 12-month 2024 calendar filled with beautiful photos of our rescued animals. All photographs were taken and donated by the nationally recognized lifestyle and animal photographer, Greg Murray Photography. Thank you, Greg, for contributing to the Museum’s mission through your talent and art!
Extended by popular demand! 🌘
Couldn’t snag a holiday showtime? No worries! Guests can now catch Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon in the Shafran Planetarium until April 7, 2024. For scheduling and registration:
Wishing the happiest of birthdays to the Museum's inspirational, stylish, and dinosaur-loving Community Science Ambassador, Myles Garrett! Cheers to another trip around the Sun. ☀️
LOOK CLOSE: It's your passport to family-friendly experiences that bring science and nature to life! A Museum membership gives you access to:
🔬The new Smead Discovery Center—Presented by PNC where interactive, play-based activities will ignite your children's curiosity and inspire a love of learning.
🦉The Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden—Presented by KeyBank, a beautiful outdoor space offering up-close and encounters with coyotes, otters, and other native Ohio wildlife.
🦕The new Visitor Hall, where you’ll reconnect with Museum favorites—such as the dinosaur Haplocanthosaurus (Happy), the heroic sled dog Balto, more!
For membership levels and information, visit:
We were delighted to have Senator Nickie J. Antonio and her family visit the Museum today and explore the new Visitor Hall! We hope you had a jaw-some time. 🦕
Couldn't snag a show over the holidays? We have new dates added!
Cleveland Museum of Natural History celebrates 50 years of “Dark Side of the Moon” in Shafran Planetarium show.
This weather is for the ducks! 🦆
These stunning ducks—called Hooded mergansers—have been spotted at the Museum’s Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve. Adult males boast sharp black-and-white patterns, while females get their elegance from a cinnamon crest. They’re in full courtship mode, so visit Shipman Pond to observe their vocalizations and behaviors!
Or, join naturalists from Mentor Marsh on Saturday, December 30 for our annual Christmas Bird Count! This longstanding early-winter bird census has collected citizen-science data for more than 120 years. To register:
📸: Nan Patrick
Team Nice or Team Naughty? 🤔
Trick question. All of the Museum’s animal ambassadors are nice! Our amazing Wildlife Department provided some extra holiday enrichment to keep them both mentally and physically stimulated. When multiple items are offered, our wildlife can choose which is most interesting to them—some may have chosen based on color, scent, proximity or even location of left or right.
As a reminder, the Museum is CLOSED today and will reopen tomorrow, December 26 at 10am. Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays to everyone but these plants.
Did you know that the Museum protects more than 12,000 acres of Ohio’s natural areas? As stewards of these locations, our Natural Areas Division battles invasive species all year-long! So, make sure not to mention these names at the Museum’s holiday party:
❌Lesser celandine: Outcompetes native ephemerals and nectar sources.
❌Multiflora rose: Dense thickets trample bird-nesting plants.
❌Garlic mustard: Release chemicals that impede growth of native plants.
❌Porcelain berry: Grows rapidly and is poisonous to animals.
❌Phragmites: Grows quickly and crowds out native species to create dense monocultures.
We love welcoming our elected officials! Recently, Ohio Senator Kent Smith and Ohio Representatives State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney, Steve Demetriou
Brennan for Ohio, State Rep. Darnell T Brewer - OH18, and State Rep. Juanita Brent stopped by to explore the Museum’s new spaces (and met some of our animal ambassadors!).
A moment 300 million years in the making!
Our Smead Discovery Center—Presented by PNC welcomed this young scientist, who arrived with two fossils found in his family’s backyard stream. After a quick call to the Paleo lab, the Museum’s Collections Manager of Earth Science, Sarah Hennessey, arrived with a mini magnifying glass in hand. Together, Sarah and the family identified the fossils as coral and a cephalopod! We absolutely loved seeing this kiddo’s eyes light up as he learned more about his backyard treasures.
Help us create more lasting memories! Give the gift of a Museum membership to inspire spark curiosity for generations to come. Learn more about our membership levels: https://www.cmnh.org/join-support/become-a-member
This is your last chance to snag tickets for tonight's grand return of Think & Drink with the Extinct! Beginning at 6pm, we're celebrating the longest night of the year with live animal encounters; special Planetarium programming; music from Burning River Entertainment Group; and special guests from the NASA Graphics and Visualization Lab, Cleveland Astronomical Society, and Geauga Park District Observatory Park.
👉 Save on tickets for Think & Drink with the Extinct when you become a Museum member!
These models are the cutest. 😍
Snag a calendar for a cause! Make a gift of $100 or more to receive this 2024 12-month calendar filled with beautiful pictures of the Museum’s rescued animal ambassadors. It’s a great way to support our mission to inspire and educate about nature, and a reminder of the vital cause of preserving our precious natural world.
All photographs of the Museum's animal ambassadors were taken and donated by nationally recognized lifestyle and animal photographer, Greg Murray Photography. Thank you, Greg, for contributing to the Museum's mission through your talent and art!
Donate and receive your calendar:
"What are you doing in my swamp?" - Shrek
Join us on Saturday, December 23 as we explore the new Weaver tract at Geneva Swamp! Before it was acquired by the Museum this fall, the Weaver tract had been scheduled to be timbered. This preserve—which looks now as Cleveland looked 300 years ago—provides critical habitat for a variety of rare species, including the globally declining rusty blackbird.
For more information:
We love early mornings with Kenny Crumpton! Thank you for checking out our new Visitor Hall, special planetarium programming, and more. 🦕
To view all of today's segments:
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Fox 8’s Kenny Crumpton checks out the first completed phase of the huge remodel happening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The new visitors center con…
Explore the wonders of the natural world—for a whole year! Become a Museum member to unlock a world of knowledge and family-friendly fun. You'll enjoy:
🔭 Unlimited admission at a great value—membership pays for itself in just two visits!
🖍 Interactive, play-based activities for children in the new Smead Discovery Center—Presented by PNC
🦦 Animal encounters and daily Keeper Talks in the Perkins Wildlife Center.
🦕 A stunning new Visitor Hall featuring eight iconic Museum favorites!
Join today: https://www.cmnh.org/join-support/become-a-member
The return of Think & Drink with the Extinct also means the return of The Dunk!
Thanks to our partners at Fat Head's Brewery, a limited supply of Dunkelweizen beer will be available for purchase as we kick off the return of the series with a Winter Solstice celebration. We'll also cheers the opening of our new Visitor Hall, and the return of Dunk—one of our favorite specimens.
Limited tickets remain! Snag em' now:
Stay after-hours! Friday Night Lights programming begins tonight at 5pm. Be sure to catch the extra 7pm showing of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon—now showing in the Shafran Planetarium for a limited time!
Time to shop, Museum Members! 🎁
Today through Sunday, December 17, Museum members can enjoy an additional holiday discount in the Museum’s gift shop. While members always receive 10% off gift shop purchases, they will receive 20% off during this special time frame. It’s an excellent way to support the Museum while crossing a few items off your gift list.
Not currently a member? There’s still time to become one:
Get festive! 🎄
Join us on Friday, December 15, as we spend the day with Santa Claus. Starting at 1pm, Santa will be on site to spread holiday cheer throughout the afternoon and into the evening during Friday Night Lights, the Museum’s after-hours program. Join Santa for cookie crafts, story times, and science experiments co-hosted by Museum educator Lee Gambol—all while making unforgettable holiday memories.
It’s an astronomer’s favorite day of the year! 🌠
Join Museum astronomer, Monica Marshall, on Thursday, December 21, to celebrate the longest night of the year: the winter solstice. With the celestial start of the winter season, the Northern Hemisphere will experience 14–16 hours of darkness—an exciting time for stargazers. Register for this free lecture to learn how you can enjoy a stellar experience when you look to the skies! You’ll discover which of our favorite and most famous celestial objects you can observe as we explore the significance of the longest night of the year.
Congratulations to the Museum’s Board Chair, Sally Zlotnick Sears, for her recognition as a 2023 Notable Nonprofit Board Leader by Crain's Cleveland Business!
This award honors those making their mark in the corporate world, while also bringing their expertise to organizations throughout Cleveland—from civic leadership to education and beyond. Sears is among the Museum’s most dedicated leaders and supporters— leading 54 active, life, and honorary board members, serving on several committees, raising funds to support the Museum’s mission, and contributing to the design and development of new exhibits.
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For nearly 100 years, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has been recognized as a global leader in scientific research. With vast collections containing more than 5 million research specimens and artifacts, it is Ohio’s largest museum devoted to the natural sciences and one of the top natural history museums in the United States. The Museum’s renowned curators conduct world-class research, advancing the frontiers of scientific knowledge by making groundbreaking discoveries and contributing to top peer-reviewed journals and publications.
A cornerstone of the Museum’s mission is science education. The discoveries we make every day enrich and enhance our educational programs for learners of all ages. At the Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to delve deep into the past in our dinosaur hall, discover the outer reaches of the Universe in the Shafran Planetarium, and experience natural wonders in outdoor galleries. Our talented educators help curious minds forge connections with science and nature.
Beyond the Museum campus, we protect almost 11,000 acres through our Natural Areas Program. Each preserve harbors at least one unique natural community, such as hardwood forest, Lake Erie island, fossil dune ridge, marsh, swamp, and/or glacial wetland. Representing the remarkable biological diversity that was once widespread throughout the region, these areas now serve as educational scientific resources.