Fodor's Expert Review The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland's crown jewel is at the center of its cultural hub, University Circle. In its 70 galleries, the museum presents art chronologically, from the Mediterranean antiquity to the present. The museum is known for its medieval Asian, European, and pre-Columbian collections. Its holdings include works by Picasso, Michelangelo, Monet, and Van Gogh. Other popular exhibits are mummies, African masks, and medieval armor and weapons. The museum has undertaken a $258-million renovation and expansion project that will see its 1916 beaux-arts and 1971 Marcel Breuer buildings completely restored and the addition of new east and west wings and central, glass-enclosed piazza. The museum will remain open during the construction, which is scheduled for completion in 2011; galleries will be returned in phases beginning in 2008.