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Ohio: Cleveland – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

For our second day in Cleveland, we planned to spend a couple of hours at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, before heading out for a general wander around the city. Located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, the Hall of Fame recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had a major influence on the development of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Atlantic Records founder and chairman Ahmet Ertegun. In 1986, Cleveland was chosen as the Hall of Fame’s permanent home.

The 150,000 square-foot museum features seven floors, four theatres for films and ever-changing exhibits. The exhibits are mainly film and memorabilia, with some stations where you can listen to music. It is all very well done and we had an absolute blast watching the films of old stars (most of whom are admittedly dead) like Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and Elvis Presley. To be fair Jack and Emily didn’t know who these people were but it was a chance for them to be educated that good music did exist at the time of their parent’s childhood. This is probably not a place to take young children. Having originally planned to spend no more than an hour or so at the museum we ended up being there for more than for hours and were some of the last people to leave.

Planning your visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Address:601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland
Telephone:T:(216) 694-2000

Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday : noon – 5 p.m.

Check the website for the most up to date information on opening hours

Admission Fees

Adult $16.95
Youth (2-12) $13.95

Best time to visit Cleveland

The best time to visit Cleveland is from September through October or from April to May when the temperatures aren’t freezing cold like in the winter or hot and humid as in the summer. During these months, you’re likely to see pleasant weather with temps between the 60s and 70s that taper off in the evenings.

Other things to do whilst in Cleveland


Whether a science fan or not, a visit to Great Lakes Science Centre is sure to be fun! It has on display permanent and temporary exhibitions aimed at educating the visitors about various aspects of Science.

Opened in 1996, Museum supports a STEM model Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It also has a NASA Glenn Visitor Centre one of the very few centres in the Country get a feel of how the scientists stay and work in space! Invoke the scientist in you at Science Phenomena and explore electricity, motion, magnetism, sound etc. Understand how science impacts our lives with latest innovations and discoveries at BioMedTech gallery, Get aboard on a steamship William G. Mather to learn and understand a 618-foot flagship and its cargo storage, quarters and engine room!


The Cleveland Museum of Art was first built in 1913 and officially opened in 1916.

Today, it is an extremely famous place to visit in Ohio, receiving more than half a million tourists from all across the world.

Within its classic and elegant Gregorian marble structure, a collection of near to 45,000 works of art sit, some dating back to 6,000 years prior.

Stunning exhibits are arranged neatly in a chronological fashion, allowing you to witness the true majesty of famed and brilliant artists in all their glory as you watch art evolve over the centuries.

Children can have a great time, too, in a special play studio full of great things to do.


The Museum of Contemporary Art houses some of the world’s best selection of modern art from a variety of artists, both local and international.

This includes over 2,000 artists’ work, a mix of permanent fixtures and traveling showcases, and plenty of enchanting and fresh pieces by newcomers to the scene.

Its architecture is equally astonishing, with its current building just been completed in 2012 in an imposing and fascinating new-age hexagonal shape.

Where to stay in Cleveland


In Central Cleveland, just a 4-minute walk from Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena, this hotel features an on-site restaurants and a fitness center. Free Wi-Fi access is available.

Flat-screen cable TV and an iPod dock are included in all guest rooms at Metropolitan at the 9, Autograph Collection. There’s a coffee machine, hairdryer, and free toiletries as well.

The Metropolitan at the 9 has many on-site restaurants. Guests can choose between modern Mediterranean at Adega, American cuisine and entertainment at Alex Theatre, or rooftop cocktails at Azure.


Featuring a 24-hour business centre and complimentary daily appetizers and beverages, this Drury Plaza Hotel is located in downtown Cleveland, just 2 blocks away from the Cleveland Convention Center. Free WiFi access is available.

Each room at Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown provides an LCD TV, microwave and refrigerator. An iron and ironing board are also available.

Guests can enjoy the indoor pool, hot tub and 24-hour fitness centre at the hotel. Complimentary hot breakfast and afternoon popcorn and soda are offered daily. On-site guest laundry and a guest pantry are also available for convenience.


This Fairview Park bed and breakfast offers free WiFi and individually decorated rooms equipped with a fireplace and a television. Little Met Golf Course and Big Met Golf Course are 1 miles away.

A sofa bed or private deck is featured in each uniquely decorated guest room at Emerald Necklace Inn Bed and Breakfast. An private bathroom is also included.

A full country breakfast is served each morning in the Tea Room and it features hot coffee or tea along with fresh fruit and pastries.

Guests have access to laundry facilities. A gift shop and a hiking trail are also available along with tea tasting.

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