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The Cleveland Museum of Art - A World-Class Museum
By Mark Traston

The Cleveland Museum of Art is the only major art museum in the U.S. that still offers free general admission. Entry fees are charged for a few special exhibitions. First built in 1913, it is located in the University Circle area, a section of town home to several other Cleveland, OH museums and places of interest. The museum's permanent collection boasts more than 43,000 items created in different mediums including paintings, textiles, sculptures, photographs, and drawings. It is well-respected for its impressive collection of medieval European Art, Pre-Columbian Art, and Asian and Indian Art. Its paintings collection includes works by artists such as El Greco, Dali, Renoir, Matisse, Warhol, Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, and more. Many museum visitors enjoy viewing the Armor Court exhibit, a collection of medieval and Renaissance armor considered to be one of the most impressive in the U.S.

The museum provides valuable educational programs to the community, namely art classes for children and adults, lectures, group tours, school field trips, and more. Performing arts events such as organ recitals and chamber music are also offered by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Throughout the year, it provides entertaining festivals, namely the Chalk Festival, Parade the Circle, and the Winter Lights Lantern Festival. Families are encouraged to come to periodic Family Events where they can participate in hands-on art activities designed for people of all ages. Are you a movie buff? You'll be happy to know that the museum boasts film series throughout the year where movie lovers can see a variety of films from different genres and eras. If you're the studious type, you may want to check out the Ingalls Library. Housed within the museum, it provides a pleasant research area for museum staff, college students and faculty associated with the Art History and Museum Studies program of CMA, and the public.

Those who love to shop will want to stroll through The Museum Store, a gift shop offering items such as art books, jewelry, educational toys, and more. Hungry museum visitors will want to head down to the Museum Café where they can sample light sandwiches, soups, desserts, and other delicacies.

The museum's operating hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesdays and Fridays they're open 10 a.m to 9 p.m. It's closed on Mondays. The museum is accessible for the disabled, providing ramps and elevators at the north entrance. Wheelchairs are available for those who require this service. Listening devices are provided to the hearing impaired in the lecture and recital halls.

Mark Traston is an associate with Portrait Painting. The company specializes in turning a photo to painting. Each portrait artist specializes in a specific area including wedding paintings, pet portraits, and executive portraits.

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