Museums Offer Historical Presidents Day Activities

Mon 2/17

With schools closed for President’s Day, many area institutions are open that wouldn’t usually be, with special programming relating to American history.

That includes, appropriately, the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society, which will be open from 10am-5pm. In addition to its current exhibits, there’ll be a presidential scavenger hunt and family-friendly crafts centering on your own personal political heroes. It’s very likely they’ll be spotlighting the seven presidents from Ohio — more than any other state — including Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881), who owned the first Siamese cat in America.

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is another museum that’s normally closed on Monday. But not only will it be open from 11am-5pm but admission will be free. It’s a great chance to see the special exhibit Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music before it closes Sun 3/1. There’ll also be a “Meet the Presidents” program in the gallery at 1pm with the chance to hear from Washington, Lincoln, FDR and more, take pictures with them and nosh on kosher cookies. There’ll be president-themed crafts for kids going on all day as well.

Maltz Museum


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