Situated in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, the Cleveland Museum of Art is an impressive facility with an ever growing permanent collection. Established in 1913 for the "benefit of all the people forever,'' the museum boasts a collection of more than 43,000 objects of art, making it one of the largest in the Midwest.
The holdings in the Cleveland Museum of Art are quite diverse. Currently, the museum - which continues to expand physically - is divided into nineteen different departments or galleries, each touting a different time period or medium. The departments include African Art, American Painting and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Drawings, Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art, European Paintings and Sculpture, Greek and Roman Art, Indian and South East Asian Art, Islamic Art, Japanese Art, Korean Art, Medieval Art, Oceania, Photography, Prints, and Textiles.
Literally hundreds and hundreds of artists specializing in various mediums are represented in the Ohio's Cleveland Museum of Art including such famous individuals as Ansel Adams, Botticelli, David, Dali, Cassatt, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Warhol, and so many others. Not all pieces are on display, of course, but rotations sometimes occur so that visitors can experience a variety of art work each time they visit.
In addition, the museum hosts quite a number of temporary exhibitions each year. Exhibitions generally remain at the museum from one month to about three months, some staying a little longer. They cover a wide area of topics and media. Exhibitions are enjoyed on a ticketed basis and carry a fee separate from the general admission to the museum.
Each year, Cleveland Museum of Art hosts a wide variety of special events for the general public. Some are designed to complement the permanent collection or a visiting exhibition and may include lectures and gallery talks as well as less formal activities for younger museum visitors. In addition to these events, the museum's division of performing arts, music, and film, which is the longest-running classical music program at a United States museum, presents myriad music and dance performances all year long. Performers include regional artists as well as nationally known personalities.
There are also a number of annual events at the museum that locals have come to expect each year. For example, each December, the museum sponsors the Winter Lights Lantern Festival and participates in the Holiday Circle Fest, when it joins with other cultural institutions in the area for an annual community open house. There's also the annual Chalk Festival, Mask Festival, and other gala events.
Cleveland Museum of Art is open daily except Mondays, with some exceptions on Monday holidays. It is also closed on major holidays. Dining is available at the museum caf‚ and the Museum Shop offers a plethora of art-related products for sale, including books, videos, home d‚cor, posters, apparel, jewelry, and merchandise related to visiting exhibits.
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