If art imitated life and life imitated art, then everyone would own a jet boat and more portraits would depict jean shorts. Scope out artworks from a variety of cultures and time periods with today's deal. For $30, you get one family/dual membership to The Cleveland Museum of Art on East Boulevard. One of the nation's most respected institutions, The Cleveland Museum of Art is home to a permanent collection of more than 40,000 coveted objects.
A family/dual membership to The Cleveland Museum of Art applies to two adults in the same household plus children or grandchildren younger than 22 years old. Membership to the CMA is rife with benefits to delight seasoned museum farers and fledgling art fans alike. While anyone can access the museum's permanent collections of textiles, photography, drawings, paintings, armor, and sculpture from all over the world, members also gain access to visiting ticketed exhibitions. Previous itinerant picture shows have included the works of Paul Gauguin and the luxurious creations of Fabergé and Tiffany, and the current exhibition, Art of the American Indians, features approximately 145 objects that include masks, dramatic beaded works, and works by contemporary Native artists. Though Art of the American Indians is a free exhibit, your membership gets you in to all ticketed exhibits for the duration of your year-long membership with express admission. The museum store provides a generous 15% discount, ensuring a steady supply of reasonably priced posters, art books, and aesthetically pleasing knickknacks. As a member, you can deepen your engagement with new exhibits and concepts through discounts on classes, lectures, concerts, and films, in addition to parking discounts on certain days and times. You can also stay abreast of museum happenings from the comfort of the dentist's waiting room with a subscription to CMA Members Magazine.
More than a weekend activity, The Cleveland Museum of Art is a built-in network for social interaction and intellectual enrichment. Whether you're new to the city and searching for a group of fellow arts-minded people or you're looking to find friends for a book club, membership at the CMA will put you in contact. You'll get invites to a variety of special member events, including new-member receptions, preview parties, and member shopping days. The CMA treats its members and visitors well and is loved by the community in return: more than 10,000 Facebook fans follow the virtual curator's regular updates, special offers, and event announcements.
As the city guides at Frommer's point out in their review, The Cleveland Museum of Art is currently renovating some of its wings to prepare for new exhibits. But there's still plenty to see and do. Citysearchers give the museum a perfect five stars, while art buffs at TripAdvisor and Judy's Book give it 4.5:
- We are so fortunate to have the Cleveland Museum of Art in our city. It has on display some of the most amazing artworks from various famous artists. Although part of the building is now closed due to renovation and expansion, it is worth a trip to enjoy the rest of the space. – Mirela Q., Judy's Book
- In a city with many unique and fabulous museums, the Museum of Art must take first place. One of the three best "balanced" art museums in the nation, it also boasts the continent's finest collection of Chinese art, Colonial American pewter (with examples by Paul Revere), significant medieval European tapestry, and European armour. – grumdrop, Citysearch
- The Cleveland Museum of Art is a wonderful place to go and see beautiful works of art…They have plenty of paintings on display and many sculptures, pottery, mid-evil [sic] decor, and jewelry too. – artgalla, TripAdvisor
Cleveland Museum of Art
Since it's founding in 1913, the Cleveland Museum of Art has operated under a simple—yet lofty—mission statement: "For the benefit of all people, forever." In the spirit of that all-encompassing philosophy, the museum features works as disparate as ancient artifacts from the Classical world, lush landscapes from Dutch masters, and pieces from modern icons.
- Size: the museum stretches across nearly 600,000 square feet, and contains 19 galleries spotlighting 5,800 years of art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas
- Eye Catcher: an original cast of Auguste Rodin's Thinker sculptures, this one damaged by a pipe bomb attack in 1970—a crime for which no one was ever charged
- Permanent Mainstays: internationally renowned Asian, Egyptian, and Indian collections
- Visiting Exhibit: Yoga: The Art of Transformation, which includes Islamic divination texts, three stone yoginis from a 10th-century Chola temple, and Thomas Edison's Hindoo Fakir, the first film about an Indian subject ever produced
- Don't Miss: Gallery One, a digital interactive gallery that lets visitors explore works by Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and Chuck Close on the largest multi-touch microtile screen in the United States