Planes, (Dress) Trains & Automobiles New Year, New Discoveries at NEO Museums

Planes, (Dress) Trains & Automobiles New Year, New Discoveries at NEO Museums

- in Featured, Fun, January/February 2019, Magazine


Maybe you’re planning a nice, long hibernation this winter. Go ahead and cozy up by the warm open fire, but afterward, be sure to warm up your mind with these special exhibits and events at Northeast Ohio museums.

From car culture to French fashion, you’re certain to find a few (or more) that are worth venturing out for this year.

Canton Museum of Art

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Canton Artists League Spring Show


The Canton Artists League presents its annual exhibit in the spring. The league is a group of Stark County artists and rising artists. This group encourages and supports artists of all professional levels by creating a mixture of exhibits, shows, community support programs, educational workshops and field trips. The 2019 show is set to feature about 60 works of art, which will be judged and awarded (reception is held March 3).  


When: 3/1-4/7


Details:, 330-453-7666, 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton


Cleveland History Center

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness: Church, Community, Cleveland
    On MLK Day, the Cleveland History Center opens a new exhibit honoring Cleveland’s beloved pastor for over 50 years of The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church, the Reverend E. Theophilus Caviness.


When: Opens 1/21



  • RADwood: Cleveland Goes Rad


This brand-new exhibit celebrates the 1980s and 1990s car culture and lifestyle.


The exhibit is set to feature the 80s- and 90s-era cars from the Western Reserve Historical Society Crawford Collection, as well as vehicles from private collectors. Each scene is completed with expressions of the era’s lifestyle and fashion. 


When: 1/11-3/24 



  • Somewhere in Time: 1969 | A Year of Change


Travel through this pivotal year of protest and revolution at Cleveland History Center’s costume party and public program fundraiser. This evening raises money that supports education and public programs for approximately 35,000 students, seniors and families. This event includes a full bar, costume contest, prizes and a silent auction.


When: 2/2


  • Black History on Tap


Explore Cleveland’s rich history of African American communities. At this event, you’ll learn about the remarkable folks who trailblazed in our city’s fine arts, music and theatre. Celebrate their legacies with contemporary performances and an exclusive look at the collections.


When: 2/16

  • Si Jolie! French Fashion in Cleveland

Enough said!


When: July 2019

Details:, 216-721-5722, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Class of 2019 Exhibit
    Here’s what we know for sure: the Class of 2018 Exhibit will remain in the new Inductee Exhibit space through March. This, of course, means they will be rolling in the Class of 2019 in no time.

    2019 Inductees include: The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Rocky Music and The Zombies.


When: TBD


Details:, 216-781-7625, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland

Cleveland Museum of Art

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern
    Check out the cherished icon of 20th Century American art. The exhibit features an exceptional look into the captivating connections among the personal style, paintings, and public image of O’Keeffe. There are nearly 140 objects, including drawings, paintings, and sculptures as well as her attire.
    When: Now open



  • Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de’ Medici’s Valois Tapestries
    This exhibit is available for viewing for the first time in North America. It offers a truly unique set of 16th Century hangings. Woven with wool, silk, and precious metal-wrapped threads, these tapestries were commissioned by the indomitable queen mother of France, Catherine de’ Medici.
    When: Now-1/21


Details:, 216-421-7350, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland

Akron Art Museum

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Nick Cave: Feat.
    Cave’s work is featured in a wide variety of mediums, including installation, sculpture, performance and video. These creations boast color and texture that can be appreciated by all. A close examination reveals that his work also explores prominent social justice issues.
    When: 2/23-6/2


Details:, 330-376-9185, 1 S. High St., Akron

International Women’s Air & Space Museum

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Women Airforce Service Pilots
    This group of women were volunteer civilian women pilots. Formed during WWII, they were tasked to relieve men for overseas combat duties. This exhibit features the graduation picture, class number, and hometown of each of these incredible WASP graduates.
    When: Now openDetails:, 216-623-1111, 1501 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland


Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:

  • Drop-in Tour Israel: Then & Now
    The Maltz Museum always offers several drop-in tours on various topics. No reservation needed and no extra charge. Check out the museum’s online calendar.

    When: Israel tours for February 2019 take place on Sundays and Tuesdays

    Details:, 216-593-0575, 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood

Kent State University Museum

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:

  • Focus: Fiber 2019
    The National Contemporary Fiber Art Exhibition is the museum’s first new exhibit of 2019.

When: 3/1-7/28



  • Ohio Quilts
    Check out the stunning collection of Ohio Quilts.

    When: 7/26-4/12/2020


  • Culture/Counterculture: Fashions of the 1960s-70s
    This compelling exhibit is set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of May 4, 1970

    When: 9/27/2019-9/6/2020




Details:, 330-672-3450, 515 Hilltop Drive, Kent

MAPS Air Museum

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Ohio Military Museum
    At the MAPS Air Museum, you get to experience the history of aviation. The Ohio Military Museum is located inside of MAPS, which makes it considered a museum within a museum. This section honors Ohio’s m ilitary veterans by featuring a wide range of artifacts, which includes uniforms from most U.S. conflicts, some even dating back to the Civil War. 
    When: Now openDetails:, 330-896-6332, 2260 International Pkwy., North Canton


The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum 

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • REVolution – The Automobile in America
    Start your engines. This fabulous exhibit features over 50 cars. The fantastic collection tells the story of the American automobile.
    When: Now openDetails:, 216-721-5722, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland


ARTneo Museum

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Recent Acquisitions 2018
    The ARTneo Museum’s growing collection of significant art is all created by Northeast Ohio artists. Check out this exhibit for the latest and greatest.
    When: Now-2/13Details:, 216-227-9507, Lower Level, Suite 016, 1305 W. 80th St., Cleveland


Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle
    Don’t miss this new exhibit that celebrates the beauty and significance of the Great Lakes. This exhibit also grapples with threats like climate change and globalization.
    When: Now-1/27




  • Aleksandra Domanovic´ Untitled (In My Feelings)
    Visit this first U.S. solo Domanovic´ exhibition.
    When: Now-3/24




  • 50th Anniversary Exhibits
    moCa is celebrating 50 years. Be sure to see “Sunrise,” the special legacy exhibition created to honor the museum’s three female founders.

    When: 3/15-7/28


Details:, 216-421-8671,11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Playlist
    This new exhibit is a unique, musical experience for children. Kiddos are encouraged to express themselves with props and make-believe instruments that create changing silhouettes on a vividly lit shadow wall of moving shapes. A child can choose to become a conductor, dancer or musician, all to celebrate the magic of music.
    When: Now open




  • Theater
    At this exhibit, youngsters can be set designers or directors who create their very own theater productions. Or maybe they’ll want to be an actor, dancer, costume designer, or stagehand. No matter the role, they get to engage in teamwork with other children to put on their very own performance.

    When: Now open

    *It is important to note that for safety purposes, adults must be accompanied by a child to enter, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required and can be done online.



Details:, 216-791-7114, 3813 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

What to See & Why You’ll Want to See It:


  • Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species
    This complete set of Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species collection is one of only 150 complete sets in the world. It features Warhol’s silkscreen work, displaying some of nature’s most incredible endangered species all while raising awareness for conservation efforts.


When: Now-3/10

Details:, 216-231-4600, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland

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Breanna Mona is a Northeast Ohio freelance writer specializing in entertainment features and theater reviews.

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