Spring is here and so are a number of new experiences in Cleveland, Ohio — home to the first indoor shopping mall and where the phrase “rock ’n’ roll” was coined. As the second-largest city in the state, Cleveland is a top destination for educational opportunities and cultural immersion for student groups.
“In Cleveland, students can experience world-class arts, culture and rock and roll,” said Gordon Taylor III, vice president of convention sales & services at Destination Cleveland. “Groups can enjoy the most concentrated square mile of arts and culture institutions in the nation, one of the country’s only free art museums and a performance by one of the top orchestras in the world. Plus, we’re located within 500 miles of nearly half the country, so it is an easy-to-get-to and convenient stopover destination for many.”
The Cleveland Museum of Art will open the “Medieval Treasures From Münster Cathedral” exhibit in May, which will feature masterpieces from Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Münster, Germany. Students will see well-preserved church treasures and objects from the Middle Ages.
Learn about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s career and personal life with photos, historical documentation, art and multi-media installations at Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” is on display through Aug. 29.
Looking for something a little more thrilling? The Roller Coaster Capital of the World — Cedar Point — is only an hour west of the Cleveland city center. New this season is the Snake River Expedition, in which riders will have to perform secret tasks and avoid “danger.”
In February, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame debuted the expanded “Legends of Rock” exhibit — now spanning four floors, including artifacts from Prince, Stevie Nicks, Bon Jovi, The Roots, Jimi Hendrix and others. Students will also see items from the museum’s vault that have never been on display before or haven’t been on display for years.
This April, Cleveland will hold the 86th NFL Draft, which will coincide with the opening of the “Super Bowl Halftime Show” exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Students will relive some iconic halftime shows through costumes, instruments, photos and video clips.
For more information on student groups in Cleveland as well as new experiences coming to Cleveland this year, visit thisiscleveland.com.