The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is quite an interesting museum. It rose from humble beginnings in 1920 from the vision of a small group of people passionate about the natural sciences. When I think of CMNH, I picture dinosaurs, fossils, and animal shows. Oh no!, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is far more than that.
“The Museum offers an extraordinary visitor experience. Permanent exhibits of special interest include the 3 million-year-old human ancestor Australopithecus afarensis, known as “Lucy,” and the 150 million-year-old Haplocanthosaurus delfsi, one of the most complete mounted sauropods on display anywhere in the world.
The Museum also features a planetarium, observatory, discovery center, live animal shows and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna, including bobcats, river otters and birds of prey. Traveling exhibitions, lecture series and public programs are offered frequently. Amenities include the Museum Store, Blue Planet Café, outdoor picnic tables and on-site parking.
Behind the scenes, curators work in 11 natural science disciplines. Their research helps inform the Museum’s many educational programs. Outside Museum walls, the Natural Areas Program protects more than 4,000 acres of rare habitat in Northern Ohio.
The Museum is located in the heart of University Circle, just five miles east of downtown Cleveland. It is open daily, except for major holidays, and is accessible for those with physical challenges,” boasts their website.
I was very excited to see that the museum offers “the Natural Areas Wine Tour”. Imagine that, wine-tasting while exploring some of Ohio’s great wineries and all offered by a museum, who knew!
Although not FREE! I still think that this is a great deal and a great way to socialize….. exercise…… and explore!
About the Natural Areas Wine Tour
Trips will be limited to 30 participants. Hikes start at 10 am and end around noon. Participants will then travel to the designated winery for a light lunch and wine tasting. Group leaders will recap the morning’s events and answer questions about the natural areas visited. Each trip is $35 per person. There are a total of 5 tours running from June 1, 2013 through to September 28, 2013.
There are some great lectures and programs that are open and FREE to the public! So check out the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s website http://www.cmnh.org or I click on the link at the top of this post for your convenience.
Stayed tuned for the 5th and final day of “Museum Week” !