From Superman to Rolling Stone magazine: These 5 exhibits show just why Cleveland rocks

Posted at 7:00 AM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 07:00:34-04

Cleveland's cultural offerings include some of the best exhibits and artifacts in the country--all right here in our own backyard.

These five exhibits showcase Cleveland's involvement in the arts, influential music, medical innovation and our role during the Civil Rights movement.

1. Rolling Stone Magazine at the Rock Hall

Rolling Stone Magazine's influence has been profound across all musical genres and generations. The magazine celebrates 50 years. Visitors will see the first issue of the magazine with John Lennon on the front cover published in 1976.

Exhibit runs until winter 2017.

2. Superman Exhibit at the Cleveland Public Library

Superman was born in Cleveland, so it's only right that Cleveland has an exhibit dedicated to Superman himself. The library has three floors of exhibits, ranging from life-size memorabilia to art and artifacts from the beginning of Superman to now.

Exhibit runs through December 31, 2017

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3. Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., observed that post-slavery America for African-Americans was anything but freedom. This exhibit looks at the life of blacks during Civil Rights through the eyes of Louis Draper, a black fine art photographer, and Leonard Freed, a white photojournalist. Draper was born and raised in Virginia and moved to New York City to pursue photography. Freed was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn.

Exhibit runs through July 30, 2017.

4. Dittrick Medical History Center: Case Western Reserve University

What may come as a surprise to Clevelanders is our deep roots in medical history, inventions and institutions. While this isn't one specific exhibit, this museum showcases old medical tools that look like something from an old horror movie. Books, tools and rare images are all here. It's something to see!

Tours available Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

5. Constant as the Sun: Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland

The title references the poem "Allison," by Peter Davis, written following the shootings of four Kent State students in 1970. Art in this exhibit reveals socially-conscious art that is relevant to current issues in the regional and throughout the world. It brings together artists from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, among others.

Catch this exhibit at June 2 through September 17, 2017