• Birthday

Members–Only Birthday Celebration

Monday, June 6, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
MEMBERS ONLY. No registration required*

It was on this day in 1916 that the Cleveland Museum of Art gathered its members and supporters to formally announce that the building was complete. Join us as we embark on our next 100 years! Members will enjoy a red-carpet entrance, behind the scenes access, walking tours inspired by key figures in the museum’s past, gallery talks, musical performances, and a commemorative gift.**


  • Explore the exhibition Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt* in its final days at the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Attend gallery talks with a curator!*
  • Learn more about our centennial loans during Centennial Chats*
  • Lead your own Footsteps of History walking tour
  • Enjoy lunch or dinner at a pop-up restaurant by Provenance
  • Listen to music in the galleries
  • “Celebrate!” with Art Stories*
  • Attend a behind the scenes tour of the Library, or the Art Study Room*
  • Make sure to join us at 2:00 p.m. in Gartner Auditorium for a special Birthday Organ Recital by Karel Paukert, master organist and curator of musical arts emeritus of the Cleveland Museum of Art

And much more!

Share your experience! Be sure to hashtag your photos with #HappyBirthdayCMA and #100YearsofCMA

*Some events may require a ticket. Tickets are available day of at the ticket center. 

Admission is limited to 2 adults per membership household. (1 adult for members at the Friend level). As always, all children 17 and younger are free when accompanied by a member.

**Supplies are limited.

Schedule at a Glance

10:30     Performance: Christopher Bagan, harpsichords

11:00     ArtLens 2.0 Information Session

11:00     Performance: Opus 216 String Trio

11:00     Drop-In Board Room Tours begin (until 12:00) 

11:15     Behind the Scenes Tour: Textiles Conservation

11:30     Art Stories: Celebrate!

11:30     Art Study Room Talk: Master Drawings: Michelangelo to Degas

11:30     Performance: Paul Cox, percussion & electronics

12:00     Performance: Russell Gelman-Sheehan Duo

12:00     Pierre’s Ice Cream, Dewey’s Popcorn Shops samples

12:15     Behind the Scenes Tour: Asian Art Conservation

1:00        ArtLens 2.0 Information Session

1:00        Performance: Russell Gelman-Sheehan Duo

1:00        Gallery Talk: Homecoming: Japanese Art from the Kelvin Smith Collection

1:00        Art Stories: Celebrate!

1:00        Art Cart: Cool Knights

1:00        Drop-In Board Room Tours begin (until 2:00) 

1:15        Behind the Scenes Tour: Paintings Conservation

1:30        Art Trading Cards game begins

1:30        Centennial Chat: Creating the Armor Court

1:30        Art Study Room Talk: Master Drawings: Michelangelo to Degas

1:30        Performance: Ariel Clayton, violin

2:00        Performance: McMyler Memorial Organ Concert, Karel Paukert

2:00        Gallery Talk: Highlights of the Korean Collection

2:15        Behind the Scenes Tour: Ingalls Library

2:30        Centennial Chat: The Guelph Treasure

3:00        Gallery Talk: Highlights in the Islamic Gallery

3:00        Drop-In Board Room Tours begin (until 4:00) 

3:15        Behind the Scenes Tour: Objects Conservation

3:30        Centennial Chat: Pottery of the American Southwest

3:30        Art Study Room Talk: Rembrandt: The Artist as Printmaker

3:45        Behind the Scenes Tour: Ingalls Library

4:00        ArtLens 2.0 Information Session

4:00        Gallery Talk: American Landscape Painting

4:00        Gallery Talk: Homecoming: Japanese Art from the Kelvin Smith Collection

4:15        Behind the Scenes Tour: Paper Conservation Lab

4:30        Centennial Chat: Vik Muniz, The Thinkers

4:30        Performance: Ariel Clayton, violin

5:00        Gallery Talk: Highlights in the Contemporary Galleries

5:00        Gallery Talk: Highlights of the Korean Collection

5:30        Performance: Christopher Bagan, harpsichords

5:30        Centennial Chat: The Royal Tent Made for Muhammad Shah

6:00        Gallery Talk: The Goddess and the Lion

6:00        ArtLens 2.0 Information Session


All day: Step Back in Time, Footsteps of History, Studio Go, Newly redesigned Studio Play, and the reinstalled Japanese and Korean galleries will be open to all CMA members for the first time, ArtLens 2.0 will be available to download