Education Art Collection

Museum educators directly connect audiences with authentic objects with programs utilizing our extensive education art collection (EAC). The EAC spans 5,000 years of human history with about 10,000 authentic works of art from across the globe. Areas of strength include ceramics, armor, textiles, works on paper, and decorative arts from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. These works of art are used in programs both on-site and off-site. Unlike objects in the main museum collection, many objects can be handled under supervision, offering an engaging, multisensory opportunity to engage with art.  

Art to Go

The education art collection is also available to come to you. Bring a one-of-a-kind learning experience and authentic artworks from around the globe and across time into your school, library, community center, or educational space. Art to Go participants use multiple senses as they practice close observation and learn how to carefully handle art objects and artifacts from the museum’s education art collection. 

Students examining artworks in an Art to Go program

Art Up Close

Art Up Close offers museum visitors a special opportunity to get close to authentic works of art from our education art collection. Offered a few times a month and in conjunction with selected special events, find Art Up Close in the Ames Family Atrium. For specific dates, visit our calendar. 

Contact for information about Art Up Close for K–12 school groups as part of a visit to the museum. 

A visitor looking at Education Art objects in the atrium


All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Fortney, David and Robin Gunning, Dieter and Susan M. Kaesgen, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Gail C. and Elliott L. Schlang, Shurtape Technologies, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Generous annual support is provided by Gini and Randy Barbato, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, Robin Heiser, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, the late Marta and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Mandi Rickelman, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, the Sally and Larry Sears Fund for Education Endowment, Roy Smith, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Trilling Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

    Education programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.