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An educational way to spend Christmas break

Cleveland has several exhibitions for CSU students to visit

By Alberto Paneccasio

December 5, 2013

The Greater Cleveland area offers several museums that can make winter break this year fun and educational for students at Cleveland State University.

Students can visit the Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Greater Cleveland Science Center and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Some museums are free to enter and some you have to pay a small fee to get in, but it is worth it when you have nothing else to do this winter break.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has several new exhibits and attractions that all can have interest in.

“Students can explore interesting galleries and thought-provoking exhibits, as well as attend a special Ice Age event over the school break. They should also check out our live planetarium shows in the state-of-the-art Shafran Planetarium,” said Kimberley Gillan-Shafron, director of marketing and communications at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

This winter, the Museum is hosting the North American debut of “Nature’s Mating Games: Beyond the Birds and the Bees,” a provocative exhibit from London about the science of seduction. Nature Mating Games Exhibit at the Cleveland History Musuem

Visitors will discover nature’s intimate secrets through real specimens, astonishing taxidermy and photography, and surprising film footage.

Students can visit the new Human Origins Gallery, featuring an amazingly lifelike “Lucy,” the famous early human ancestor with a Cleveland connection. (A former curator at the Museum discovered the fossil.)

The Museum has a great selection of shows in the Shafran Planetarium all week, including a new show, “Life: A Cosmic Journey,” narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster. Students can also walk outdoors in the Perkins Wildlife Center & Woods Garden where they’ll meet bobcats, eagles and otters enjoying winter.

This outdoor gallery is home to native Ohio animals that were injured or abandoned and have come to live at the Museum.

The Cleveland History Museum is open late every Wednesday night until 10 p.m. Starting in December, they will offer a cash bar on those nights. Guests can enjoy an evening out with a planetarium show, and if it is a clear night, go up in the Mueller Observatory with one of our astronomers to view the night skies and a chance to see Jupiter this time of year, according to Shafron.

“The Museum is a great place to spend time with friends or bring a date because there will always be something to spark a conversation,” said Shafron.

On these Wednesday nights, admission is $6 and students with a valid ID can tour the mating games exhibit for free. Cleveland State University students check it out.

“Students spend so much time writing, reading and doing research during the semester, they need a break from note-taking and an opportunity to experience science and nature in a fun way. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is a great place to spend a couple of hours seeing things you don’t get to see every day. When was the last time you stood next to a dinosaur? Watched otters playing in a pond? Or saw the stars and planets?” said Shafron.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and
Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The Cleveland Museum of Art also has several different options for the average student from exhibits such as exhibits on “Sicily,” which is the art and invention between Greece and Rome and many other exciting exhibits that the museum has to offer.

The art museum presents ‘Fragments of the Invisible: The Rene and Odette Delenne Collection of Congo Sculpture,’ an exhibition showcasing a recently-acquired group of Congo sculptures from Belgian collectors Rene and Odette Delenne that elevates the museum’s central African art collection to among the finest in North America.

“The chance to accept a group of works like the Congo sculptures from the Delenne collection would be envy of an curator, and it is a rare privilege to have the opportunity to present this transformative acquisition to both local and international audiences,” said Constantine Petridis, exhibition organizer and the curator of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This is one of the museums that is free.

The museums hours as follows: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m., and closed on Mondays.

If you have a music passion, the Rock Hall is for you. If you have a science bug inside you, than the Great Lakes Science Center is for you. Greater Cleveland Science Center

All museums here in the Greater Cleveland area are educational and fun to take part in. One day you may need to know about some topic of history, and that trip over winter break may provide you with the right information.

“Take some time to visit the Museum and other cultural institutions in Cleveland for a unique experience and a chance to discover something new,” said Shafron.