University Circle is the cultural center of greater Cleveland. With it’s myriad museums, restaurants, green spaces and other local attractions, you could spend days here without running out of things to do, and places to explore.
“The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever.” We strive to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world’s great art while honoring the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards.
We are proud to be one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of northeastern Ohio’s principal civic and cultural institutions.” — CMA
CMA has 44,617 works of art in its permanent collection. View their online collection to get a taste of what you’ll see. Admission is Free!
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
“To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health and leadership to a sustainable future.” — CMNH
This is where you go to see the dinosaurs, but there’s far more. CMNH also features the Shafran Planetarium & Mueller Observatory, the Perkins Wildlife Center and exhibits such as the Sears Hall of Human Ecology, Reinberger Hall of Astronomy, Ohio Archaeology, the Wade Gallery of Gems & Jewels, Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life and the recently renovated Human Origins Gallery.
“Founded in May 1867, the Western Reserve Historical Society is Cleveland’s oldest existing cultural institution. It was established as the historical branch of the Cleveland Library Association which dated from 1848. The Society’s creation was part of an important trend in the United States, the establishment of private organizations to oversee the collection and preservation of documents and objects relating to various aspects of national, regional and local history. While its original focus was on the history of “Cleveland and the Western Reserve, and generally what relates to the history of Ohio and the Great West,” it now concentrates on the history of Northeast Ohio.”
“The new MOCA Cleveland, the first building designed in the United States by Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA), serves as a catalyst for creativity and growth in a cosmopolitan Cleveland neighborhood, which is home to one of the country’s largest concentrations of cultural and educational institutions.” Free admission for all visitors on the first Saturday of the month.
Parks & Greenspaces
Art Museum Lagoon
The area around the Art Museum Lagoon is a great place to take a stroll, have a picnic or simply sit down with a good book. It’s also popular with Canada Geese though, so watch your step.!
Cleveland Botanical Garden
“When you visit Cleveland Botanical Garden, you’ll find inspiration and enrichment through fabulous gardens, an exotic Glasshouse and enchanting events. Beyond the memorable experiences it offers at its home in University Circle, the Garden makes our community greener and healthier by growing young lives and restoring land throughout the city.” — Cleveland Botanical Garden
Lake View Cemetery
Lake View Cemetery is Cleveland’s outdoor museum. It provides a tranquil place to walk and offers a variety of tours covering geology, architecture, horticulture, nature, animals, and history. Home to the Garfield Monument and Wade Chapel, the cemetery provides a unique glimpse of Cleveland History.
If your route to the Spider takes you along Martin Luther King Blvd., you’ll drive through Rockefeller Park, home to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and the Rockefeller Greenhouse. The gardens represent 29 cultures and are located along both MLK and East Blvd. If you play tennis you may also enjoy the courts located at MLK near 105th.
Wade Oval is an open park located in the middle of the circle. It’s a great place to throw a boomerang or fly a kite. The Oval is also home to many events throughout the year including Wade Oval Wednesday concerts in the summer and Ice Skating in winter.
“The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation’s leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. For more than 130 years, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.” — CIA. In addition to the collegiate program, CIA offers classes for young artists and continuing education classes, such as “Drawing for the Absolutely Terrified” for adults. If you aren’t feeling creative yourself, you may wish to explore one of the faculty or student exhibitions or catch a movie at the Cinematheque. Afterwards stop by the Spider to discuss what you saw.
Cleveland Institute of Music
“Since its founding in 1920, CIM has offered a world-class education to students from age 3 to 93. Located in University Circle, Cleveland’s cultural hub, CIM is easily accessible to all music lovers – providing hundreds of concerts annually, most free of charge. CIM graduates play important musical roles in our world as composers producing meaningful new repertoire, as eminent instrumental and vocal soloists, as world-renowned chamber musicians and as members of premier orchestras around the globe. More than half of the members of The Cleveland Orchestra are connected to CIM as members of the faculty, alumni or both.” — CIM
The Barking Spider is located on campus, so it’s no surprise that we’re a popular hangout for university faculty, staff and graduate students. But you don’t need to be affiliated with the University to enjoy it’s many offerings. The school offers countless lectures, programs, films and concerts throughout the year, many of which are free and open to the public. Explore the campus Events calendar (and the addtional calendars shown below that to learn more. After the lecture come by the Spider for some music.
University Circle is home to the world famous Cleveland Orchestra. Stop by the Barking Spider to enjoy a beverage before or after the concert.