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Directions and Parking

Traffic Advisory

We are located at 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 in the heart of University Circle.

The museum has its own parking garage, accessible from Jeptha Drive. The garage is conveniently located within a few minutes' walking distance to all major University Circle institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Western Reserve Historical Society, Case Western Reserve University, and Severance Hall.

In the map below, the parking garage entrance is labeled blue, and the main museum entrance is labeled green .

Alternatively, metered street parking is available near the museum.

 

From Downtown Cleveland, Lorain, Toledo, and Detroit

Take I-90 East to the University Circle/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exit (#177) and turn right (south) onto MLK Boulevard. Follow the maroon University Circle signs for approximately 3 miles. Continue across East 105th Street through two lights; then take a left turn onto Jeptha Drive. Take the first right to enter the parking garage.

 

From Akron, Canton, and Massillon

Take I-77 North to downtown Cleveland and follow route signs to I-90 East. Take I-90 East to the University Circle/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exit (#177) and turn right (south) onto MLK Boulevard. Follow the maroon University Circle signs to the traffic circle, approximately 3 miles. Continue on MLK through the rotary; then take an almost immediate left turn onto Jeptha Drive. Take the first right, which is the entrance to the parking garage.

 

From Mansfield, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Take I-71 North to downtown Cleveland and follow route signs to I-90 East. Take I-90 East to the University Circle/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exit (#177) and turn right (south) onto MLK Boulevard. Follow the maroon University Circle signs to the traffic circle, approximately 3 miles. Continue on MLK through the rotary; then take an almost immediate left turn onto Jeptha Drive. Take the first right, which is the entrance to the parking garage.

 

From Painesville, Buffalo, and Upper New York State

Take I-90 West to the University Circle/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exit (#177) and turn left (south) onto MLK Boulevard. Follow the maroon University Circle signs to the traffic circle, approximately 3 miles. Continue on MLK through the rotary; then take an almost immediate left turn onto Jeptha Drive. Take the first right, which is the entrance to the parking garage.

 

From Warren, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh

Take Ohio Turnpike to Exit #187 (previously Exit #13); go west on I-480. I-480 merges with I-271. Take I-271 North to I-90 West. Take I-90 West to the University Circle/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exit (#177) and turn left (south) onto MLK Boulevard. Follow the maroon University Circle signs to the traffic circle, approximately 3 miles. Continue on MLK through the rotary; then take an almost immediate left turn onto Jeptha Drive. Take the first right, which is the entrance to the parking garage.

 

By Rapid Transit Train from Cleveland Hopkins Airport or Tower City Center in Downtown Cleveland

The museum is located in University Circle, which is served by the Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) Red Line, which connects the airport, downtown Cleveland, and University Circle. The RTA Green and Blue Lines serve the downtown waterfront attractions and extend through the eastern suburb of Shaker Heights. All the lines intersect underground at Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland. If you need to switch trains, you might consider a pass or trip card, as RTA no longer offers free transfers on regular cash fares. A one-way fare is $2.25. An all-day pass is $5.00. There are discounts available for seniors, the disabled, and children. A complete listing of RTA fares can be found here

 

To get to the museum from downtown or the airport, take the RTA Red Line toward Windermere to the University Circle stop (about 15 minutes from Tower City). There is a small sign in the station pointing toward the hospitals and museums. When you step off the train, walk to your right. A free Circlelink shuttle bus serves the museum and major destinations in University Circle. Circlelink runs every 15 minutes from 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

By Bus

The HealthLine rapid transit buses ($2.25) also serve University Circle, traveling Euclid Avenue from Tower City in downtown Cleveland to the city’s east side. Use the Stokes Boulevard stop or the Adelbert Road/Severance Hall stop. The museum is clearly visible north of Euclid Avenue between Stokes and Adelbert; the walk from either stop to the museum is 5 to 7 minutes. The #48 bus connects University Circle and the Cleveland Clinic to Shaker Square and Marymount Hospital, eventually intersecting all three rapid transit lines along its route. For fares, schedules, and general public-transit information, visit http://www.riderta.com.

Special Instructions for Bus Drivers

Bus drivers should note that there are a number of arched stone bridges in Rockefeller Park, and tall vehicles should therefore stay toward the center of MLK Boulevard if arriving by that route. Buses arriving by this route also may have difficulty negotiating the sharp turn onto Jeptha Drive. There are two alternatives: proceed past Jeptha Drive, cross Chester Avenue, turn left onto Euclid Avenue, and turn left again onto East Boulevard in order to approach the museum from the other side; or, at the East 105th Street traffic circle, instead of staying on MLK Boulevard, go a half-turn counterclockwise around the circle, and then bear right uphill onto East Boulevard; then turn right at the first intersection, Wade Oval. Bus unloading is at the museum’s main (north) entrance, which faces Wade Oval.