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Seriously, go to Cleveland!

Travels with Deb

Photo courtesy of Destination Cleveland

Inductees into the Rock Hall, from past to present, are featured, along with detailed information regarding the nomination process. Musicians become eligible for induction twenty-five years after the release of their first recording. Five to seven performers are chosen each year. For 2018, the star-studded lineup included the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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The Grand Foyer at the Cleveland Museum of Art Photo by Debbie Stone

Though the Rock Hall may be the impetus for a visit to Cleveland, once there, you’ll discover a vibrant city with a hip and happening buzz. Cultural attractions take center stage in University Circle’s Wade Oval Museum Campus, with the renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Natural History, Severance Hall and Cleveland History Center.

You’ll be wowed by Cleveland Museum of Art’s grand foyer and even more impressed with its renowned and extensive collection. And at the Cleveland History Center, the past comes alive in the exhibit, “Cleveland Starts Here,” featuring the stories that define the city from the 1790s to today. Among the artifacts on display are early survey tools and the first Cleveland map, a lunar descent engine and LeBron James’s championship shoes. First time visitors to the city will especially appreciate this concentrated, interactive dose of history. And if you’re feeling particularly nostalgic for the yesteryears, hop on the museum’s beloved, 1910 Euclid Beach Grand Carousel, a hit with all ages.

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The Grand Foyer at Severance Hall Photo by Debbie Stone

Make sure you take a tour of Severance Hall, as it’s a beaut! Home of the Cleveland Orchestra, (recently ranked the number one orchestra in the country by the New York Times), the 1931 building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its interior is a vibrant combination of design styles, including Art Deco, Egyptian Revival, Classicism and Modernism. The Grand Foyer is a splendid jewel box with a King Tut-like feel. It has jasper marble columns, a colorful terrazzo floor and exquisitely painted murals depicting the origins of music instruments. The Concert Hall is one of the most famous in the world and known for its stunning visual aesthetic, as well as its fine acoustics. If you have a chance, get tickets to a concert, either at Severance Hall or at Blossom Music Center, the orchestra’s summer outdoor venue within scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It’s a real treat to hear such talented musicians perform live.

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Dittrick Medical History Museum Photo by Debbie Stone

One of the more unique, off-the-beaten-path institutions in the city is the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Exhibits focus on the historical aspects of medicine in specialty areas such as obstetrics, radiology, cardiology and hematology. The array of artifacts from the past is extensive, with surgical and diagnostic instruments, microscopes, nursing uniforms, turn-of-the-century x-ray equipment and much more. It’s an opportunity to see just how far medicine has come over the years…and be appreciative of all the advancements that have been made!

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A Christmas Story House Photo by Debbie Stone

For another quirky attraction, there’s A Christmas Story House and Museum, a top tourism draw for fans of the beloved 1983 holiday film, “A Christmas Story.” Located in the Tremont neighborhood, the property is comprised of several buildings: the actual house used in the movie, restored by owner Brian Jones to look just like it did in the film, with lots of replica props; the museum across the street, which features original props, costumes, memorabilia and behind-the-scenes photos; the garage with the same model fire truck used in the famous scene when Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) gets his tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole; and a gift shop overflowing with movie-related kitsch.

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