Free day at Cleveland Museum of Art, Botanical Garden, Natural History Museum, Western Reserve HS

Cleveland Foundation's May gift to community

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Foundation is holding another FREE Saturday event.

The foundation’s May gift to the community is a FREE day at four Wade Oval institutions in University Circle: Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Western Reserve Historical Society.

Each institution is offering something unique to visitors May 24, the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are pleased that our May centennial gift to the community will make the first-class institutions on Wade Oval available to all Greater Clevelanders,” said Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation. “This concentration of cultural institutions is unmatched anywhere in the world. As part of Memorial Day weekend festivities, we invite the community to take advantage of this cultural heart of our city.”

Because the Cleveland Museum of Art always offers free admission, the Cleveland Foundation has made it possible for the museum to offer a special gift; all available public tickets to the Van Gogh Repetitions exhibition will be free for the first 500 visitors. The special exhibition is scheduled to close on May 25.

 Cleveland Botanical Garden will debut its highly anticipated Nature Connects exhibit, which will feature 14 LEGO brick sculptures depicting plants and animals.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will include free entry to Shafran Planetarium for the first time ever.

The Western Reserve Historical Society has extended its popular Dior & More – For the Love of Fashion exhibit through May 25. WRHS will have curators and experts available in the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection, as well as in other exhibits. Tour guides in the Hay-McKinney House and the Research Library will answer questions from visitors.

On May 24, University Circle will offer free shuttle service between the Wade Oval institutions to/from both Louis Stokes VA Medical Center garages (the patient garage on Magnolia Drive and the employee garage on E. 105th Street), which will be free to Cleveland Foundation Day visitors. Traffic will be rerouted in one direction around the Oval to help with flow. Visitors are being encouraged to carpool or take the RTA’s HealthLine to the Adelbert Road or Ford Road station. For more information, go to .

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