AAA Editor Notes
Cleveland Museum of Natural History is at 1 Wade Oval Dr. in University Circle. The Shafran Planetarium features more than 5,000 stars, nebulae, galaxies and planets. The Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life includes a Haplocanthosaurus delfsi, T. rex and triceratops dinosaurs. The Wade Gallery of Gems and Jewels showcases more than 1,500 dazzling objects, including a moon rock.
Lifelike and skeletal reconstructions of “Lucy,” whose partial skeleton was discovered in 1974, is displayed; she is one of the oldest known human ancestors. The Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center and Woods Garden—Presented by KeyBank includes flora and fauna indigenous to Ohio, including oak and maple trees, bald eagles, bobcats, owls and river otters plus innovative overhead animal trailways. Other exhibits showcase Ohio archeology, birds, dinosaurs and cultural artifacts from seven continents. An observatory, the hands-on learning Smead Discovery Center and live animal shows also are offered.
The museum is undergoing a major renovation and expansion that is expected to be completed in 2020; the museum intends to stay open throughout the project.