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Museum Policies

For the protection of the works of art and our visitors, the following policies currently apply when you visit The Cleveland Museum of Art.

  • Please check all umbrellas, bags 13 x 17 inches or larger, backpacks, briefcases, and other bulky items. All items are subject to inspection and the museum reserves the right to decide what should be checked. Nothing is permitted to be carried on one’s back. 
  • For safety and health reasons, visitors should wear appropriate attire, including shoes and shirts.
  • Children 14 years of age and younger should be under adult supervision.
  • Service animals accompanying disabled individuals are welcome.
  • Smoking, including electronic smoking, is not permitted in the museum or on its grounds.
  • Food and beverages cannot be brought into the museum. Food, beverages, and gum chewing are not permitted in the galleries, library, auditorium ,and lecture halls.
  • Wheelchairs are welcome. Strollers are welcome unless otherwise noted in certain special exhibitions. Wagons are not permitted.
  • Please do not touch the artwork or any protective coverings of the artwork.
  • Maintain a safe distance from all paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. Two feet is recommended. An alarm may sound as a reminder. Refrain from gesturing near the artwork.
  • Refrain from running, yelling or disruptive behavior.
  • Courtesy to others should be exercised when using cell phones in gallery spaces.
  • Use of pencils is permitted in the galleries. Pens, markers, paint, charcoal, or pastels are not permitted. Visitors wishing to sketch or copy works of art should first request permission at the Information Desk.
  • Photography of special exhibitions, loaned objects, or objects where copyright restrictions apply is not permitted.
  • Flash photography, tripods, and professional photography are prohibited unless prescheduled through the Marketing & Communications Department.
  • Use of flashlights or laser pointers is not permitted.

The Cleveland Museum of Art appreciates your cooperation.