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About the Museum

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes more than 63,000 artworks and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, and performing arts and is a leader in digital innovations. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation, recognized for its award-winning Open Access program and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the University Circle neighborhood.

“For the Benefit of All the People Forever”

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

The CMA announces its diversity, equity, and inclusion plan. The plan outlines a comprehensive and concrete series of initiatives that will advance the CMA’s recently adopted strategic plan, Making Art Matter, as the museum activates and strengthens its commitment to all audiences. While many strate...

Our Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan formulates a series of initiatives through which the museum will leverage the power of place to deepen visitors’ engagement with art and culture. 

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Indigenous Peoples and Land Acknowledgment

The Cleveland Museum of Art acknowledges the many Indigenous peoples who have been dispossessed from this region. For millennia they occupied, traversed, lived from, and cared for land and waterways in Ohio.

Museum History

Mission, Vision, Promise

The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever.”1 We strive to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world’s great art while honoring the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards.

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