News Release

Cleveland Museum of Art South Doors NOW OPEN for Spring and Summer

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Kelley Notaro Schreiber

The Cleveland Museum of Art
knotaro [at] clevelandart.org
Celebrate spring with special outdoor programming

Cleveland, OH (April 2, 2019)
– The south doors of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s historic 1916 building are now open for the spring and summer seasons. Celebrate the warmer weather and enjoy a walk through the museum’s Fine Arts Garden, which was masterfully designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park in New York City. 

The Fine Arts Garden is a parklike setting featuring a selection of exceptional public statuary. Highlights include Edith Barretto Stevens Parsons’ Turtle Baby; Malvina Hoffman’s Boy and Panther Cub; and Chester A. Beach’s Twelve Signs of the Zodiac and marble Fountain of the Waters.

Cherry Blossom Picnics

On Sunday, April 14 and 28, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., gather with friends and family in the Fine Arts Garden to appreciate the fleeting, stunning beauty of Japan’s unofficial flower, the cherry blossom, at the museum’s free Cherry Blossom Picnics. Plan a picnic or potluck or purchase sushi and snacks on-site. Enjoy music, performances, art activities, tours and more. Picnickers wearing pink or white will be given free admission to Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. 

About Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art

The exhibition presents artworks of Shinto, Japan’s unique belief system focused on the veneration of divine phenomena called kami. Organized by the CMA, with the special cooperation of the Nara National Museum, the exhibition presents about 125 works in different media—calligraphy, painting, sculpture, costume and decorative arts—assembled from Japanese and American museums, shrines and Buddhist temples. The exhibition includes treasures never before seen outside Japan. 

A significant number of works are designated as Important Cultural Properties by the Japanese government, and can be shown for no more than several weeks each year to balance accessibility with the preservation of the artwork. Because of this and the light-sensitivity of other works on view, the exhibition will have two rotations: April 9–May 19 and May 23–June 30, 2019. Almost half of the works on view during the first rotation will be replaced with entirely new works in the second rotation.


Adults $10; seniors and college students $8; adult group rate $7; children 6–17 and member guests $5; children 5 and under and CMA members free.

Groups of 10 or more may secure tickets at the discounted rate of $7 per adult. Call the ticket center at 216-421-7350 or email groupsales [at] clevelandart.org for more information.

Nonmember tickets purchased during the first rotation (April 9–May 19) can be redeemed to view the second rotation for free starting on May 23, 2019. Ticket holders should present their original tickets or use an order confirmation receipt to redeem them on-site.

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About the Cleveland Museum of Art

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.

The museum is supported in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and made possible in part by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. For more information about the museum and its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit cma.org.