Displaying an impressive array of work, the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most visited art museums in the US. The recent $320 million expansion and renovation encompasses works by Picasso, Warhol, Monet, Michelangelo and Van Gogh, as well as a fascinating showcase of mummies, African masks and medieval weapons. But one of the most unique features of the CMA is that it’s free! The museum is located in University Circle, along with The Cleveland Institute of Art, where I studied Industrial Design. The museum was an amazing place to learn from the masters in my foundation arts classes, as well as appreciating craft and design when I entered industrial design.


In the early 20th century, four Clevelanders bestowed a combined $750 million “for the benefit of all people, forever”. To this day, the CMA remains historically true to the vision of its founders, meaning visitors will never have to pay a dime to enter on non-event days. The CMA is a must-see for all those who appreciate world class art and architecture. Whether you’re passing through, or a lifelong Clevelander, there’s no excuse to not visit this beautiful building and all of its cultural antiquities. Did I mention it’s free??

Tim Hayes