• Birthday

Official CMA Birthday Party

Tuesday, 6/7/2016
Open hours: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

On June 7, 1916, the museum officially opened its doors to the public. This year, on the museum’s 100th birthday, guests can participate in a day-long celebration of this historic milestone. Visitors are invited to pose for a centennial group photograph and enjoy special programs for all ages, surprises, and cake. This event is free and open to the public. 

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

All-Day Activities

  • Red carpet entrance, centennial photo opportunity
  • FREE entry to Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt (no advance ticket reservations)
  • Pop-Up restaurant in the atrium
  • Pierre's Ice Cream offers centennial celebration flavor: Sundae at the Museum
  • Live music throughout the museum (galleries, cafe, restaurant, north court lobby)
  • Studio Go

Scheduled Activities

  • Art Stories (30 min.): 11:30-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-1:30 p.m. “Celebrate!” Meet in gallery 229
  • Studio Activities: 1:00-7:00 p.m.: Silkscreened CMA memento, posters, bags/step into our art: These photo backdrops let you get a picture in some of our most famous works./Birthday Card: Help the museum adorn a giant birthday card celebrating its centennial.
  • Gallery Talks Meet at the atrium desk (free, ticketed): 12:00 p.m., Sooa McCormick, Royal Banquet Culture of 19th-Century Korea/3:00 p.m., Cory Korkow, Sibling Rivalry: CMA Collectors John Long Severance and Elisabeth Severance Prentiss/4:00 p.m., Barbara Tannenbaum, BIG: Photographs from the Collection/5:00 p.m., Beau Rutland, Contemporary Galleries/6:00 p.m., Sinéad Vilbar, Renewal: Designing for Japanese Art.
  • Centennial Chats Meet in the galleries: 11:30 a.m., Robin Koch, Mark Tansey’s Soft Borders (gallery 229)/Gold from Ancient Peru, Sue Bergh, curator of Pre-Columbian and Native North American art (gallery 231)/3:30 p.m., Maggie Wojton, Kifwebe mask (gallery 108)/4:30 p.m., Louise Mackie, Royal Persian Tent (gallery 234)/5:30 p.m., Stephen Harrison, Fabergé in the CMA (gallery 211)
  • Centennial Remarks: 2 p.m. Cleveland centenarians + visitors invited to be a part of a centennial group photo/Remarks by Bill Griswold
  • Cake and Ice Cream, 2:30 p.m. (following remarks)
  • Art Study Room (30-45 min.) Prints and Drawings viewing (free, ticketed): 1:00 p.m., Heather Lemonedes, Master Drawings: Michelangelo to Degas/3:30 p.m., James Wehn, Rembrandt: The Artist as Printmaker
  • Docent Tours: 11:00 a.m., Highlights/1:00 p.m., Highlights
  • Performances in galleries throughout the day
  • Library Tours: Reading Room drop-in tours

Art-inspired Cakes

What’s a birthday party without cake? On June 7, the CMA presents a special, one-day-only installation of art-inspired cakes! See masterful creations by bakeries from all over Cleveland, each cake's design inspired by a highlight of the CMA’s collection. 

Schedule at a Glance

10:30     Performance: Christopher Bagan, clavichord/harpsichord 

11:00     Hands-on Art: Make Your Own Green Glasses begins

11:00     ArtLens 2.0 Information Session

11:00     Museum Highlights Tour

11:00     Performance: Opus 216 String Trio

11:30     Art Stories: Celebrate!

11:30     Centennial Chat: Mark Tansey, Soft Borders

12:00     Gallery Talk: Royal Banquet Culture in 19th-Century Korea

12:00     Performance: Russell Gelman-Sheehan Duo

1:00       Museum Store Trunk Show begins

1:00       Ingalls Library Drop-In Tours begins

1:00       Art Cart: Cool Knights begins

1:00       Hands-On Art: Centennial Memento, Birthday Card begins

1:00       ArtLens 2.0 Information Session

1:00       Museum Highlights Tour

1:00       Art Study Room Talk: Master Drawings: Michelangelo to Degas

1:00       Performance: Russell Gelman-Sheehan Duo

1:30       Family Activities: Art Trading Cards game begins

1:30       Performance: Ariel Clayton, violin

2:00       Director’s Remarks, Commemorative Photo, and Trumpet Fanfare

2:30       Birthday Cake and Pierre’s Ice Cream 

2:30       Centennial Chat: Gold from Ancient Peru

3:00       Gallery Talk: Sibling Rivalry: John and Elisabeth Severance Collecting for CMA

3:00       Performance: Cleveland School of the Arts JazzArt Ensemble

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

3:30       Centennial Chat: Kifwebe mask

4:00       ArtLens 2.0 Information Session

4:00       Gallery Talk: BIG: Photographs from the Collection

4:30       Centennial Chat: The Royal Tent Made for Muhammad Shah

4:30       Performance: Ariel Clayton, violin

5:00       Gallery Talk: Highlights in the Contemporary Galleries

5:30       Centennial Chat: Fabergé in the CMA

5:30       Performance: Christopher Bagan, harpsichord 

6:00       Gallery Talk: Renewal: Designing for Japanese Art

6:00       ArtLens 2.0 Information Session

All Day: Centennial Cakes, I Spy, Footsteps of History, Studio Go, Newly redesigned Studio Play, and the reinstalled Japanese and Korean galleries will be open to all for the first time, and ArtLens 2.0 will be available to download.