The Best Artistic Things to Do in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio has a rocky history, but over the years the city has worked hard to prove that it rocks. With numerous artistic attractions worthy of a visit, beautiful public spaces, urban improvement, and countless hip hotels and eateries, Cleveland has become a classic American city.

While there’s plenty of history and science to marvel at, the arts have also become a major attraction in this city. Whether you enjoy the grit of rock and roll or the sophistication of fine art, there’s an artistic attraction for you in Cleveland.

1. Rock Out at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, and it’s the city’s top attraction. Here, you can immerse yourself in the history and culture of rock and roll. You’ll want to plan to spend several hours in this mecca of influential and renowned artists, producers, and sound engineers who shaped the development of rock and roll.

Lose yourself amongst memorabilia, multimedia exhibits, performance videos, and artifacts. You can take a look at Jimi Hendrix’s Stratocaster, John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper suit, and hate mail sent to the Rolling Stones. Thanks to the innovative displays, you’ll find joy in learning about the history, social context, and influence of this music genre.

2. Cleveland Museum of Art

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The Cleveland Museum of Art is a world-class museum, and it’s free to explore. This is a true gem in Cleveland. This museum underwent several years of renovation and expansion, making it one impressive building.

This art museum houses a vast collection of European, Egyptian, Asian, African, and American art that spans thousands of years. The collection includes more than 45,000 works of art from artists like Picasso, Matisse, and Monet, plus lots of classical and ancient pieces. You can find interactive touchscreens through the galleries to provide you with fun ways of learning. It’s a must for art lovers.

3. Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall

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Speaking of world-class, Severance Hall was also renovated into a beautiful concert hall, making it an architectural gem inside and out. The hall has been the home of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1931. The acoustics are wonderful, and the music is impressive. Music lovers shouldn’t miss a concert here.

4. Playhouse Square

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If the three above attractions haven’t convinced you to visit Cleveland, take a look at the biggest performing arts theater district in the U.S. outside of New York. Constructed in the 1920s, these nine theaters were closed but later revived through a grassroots effort to revitalize downtown Cleveland. It was a great success. Just pick a play at one of the historic theaters, such as the Allen Theater or the State Theater, and enjoy a night out!

Whether you prefer rock and roll, fine arts, orchestra music, or performing arts, you’ll find it all in Cleveland. Immerse yourself in exceptional, high-quality arts that will leave you wanting more.

4 thoughts on “The Best Artistic Things to Do in Cleveland, Ohio

  1. I am not used to you posting about the mid-western states in the U.S.! I think it goes to show that there is variety, entertainment and adventures awaiting us just about anywhere!


    1. Absolutely! There are so many places out there with a lot to offer.


  2. Those are all wonderful places captured beautifully by EDrost88. I loved reflections of the Museum of Art.


  3. Nice post! I have really become interested in visiting Cleveland over the last couple of years. Maybe this summer? 🙂


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