Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates centennial

Happy 100th birthday to the Cleveland Museum of Art!

On June 7, 1916, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) opened its doors to the public for the very first time. Since then, the museum has more than doubled in size and earned an international reputation. Some of its most famous art pieces include Water Lilies by Claude Monet, Mademoiselle Ravoux by Vincent van Gogh, and the Crucifixion of St. Andrew by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

The museum is hosting a birthday celebration in honor of this milestone. Celebrations started yesterday and will continue throughout the rest of the day. Today, head to the museum to enjoy the art, eat free ice cream, attend one of the gallery talks, or participate in the Footsteps of History walking tour. There will also be art-inspired cake displays from local bakeries, including Bon Appetit, Fire, Luna, and Lucy’s Sweet Surrender. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Currently, CMA has several centennial exhibitions on display. Leaving the museum on June 12th is Pharaoh: King of Ancient EgyptThis centennial exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and CMA. It takes viewers back about 3,000 years with ancient Egyptian pieces, from fine jewelry to sculptures, which are enhanced with pieces from the CMA collection.

Coming on July 31st is the centennial exhibition titled Art and Stories from Mughal India. The Mughal Empire (1500-1857) was famous for its distinctive architecture, including the Taj Mahal, and its colorful, spirited paintings. This exhibition celebrates CMA’s recent ownership of the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Ralph Benkaim Collection of Mughal paintings, which are known as “one of the most significant Indian painting collections assembled in the 20th century.”

For more information about CMA, its programs, hours and admission, visit


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