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LIST: Free things to do in NEO to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Jan 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-10 14:55:15-05

Celebrations will take place in Northeast Ohio this weekend in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of the Jan. 16 federal holiday that commemorates the activist and chief spokesperson for the Civil Rights Movement. The best part is, you can participate in the festivities for free.

Great Lakes Science Center
You can enjoy free general admission at the Great Lakes Science Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the science center. There will be special programming, such as Seeing Sound, Bubblemani, hands-on science activities and an open-forum discussion with employees from NASA. Adult and youth tickets for the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater will be discounted to $5 for the day. Find more info here.

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Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art will have free activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate MLK Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16. The museum invites attendees to explore the theme “It Starts with Me: Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems” through storytelling, art making, and reflective writing prompts. Find more info here.

Maltz Museum
The annual HEAR OUR VOICES MLK Jr. celebration will be a the Maltz Museum Monday, Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with online and in-person programs. Tour the museum's permanent collections, enjoy the "This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement" special exhibition and other hands-on activities free of charge. Find more info here.

Akron Art Museum
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 enjoy free entry to the Akron Art Museum in honor of MLK Jr. Day Find more info here.

Discovery Day at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
During Discovery Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Jan. 16, attendees will have the opportunity to watch wildlife presentations, connect with museum scientists and take part in hands-on activities free of charge in honor of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Find more info here.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame invites attendees to "become inspired to find your voice and do your part to contribute to a more equitable world" at their free Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Monday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy live performances, exhibits and film screenings. Virtual options are available too. Aside from being free on MLK Jr. Day, the Rock Hall is free every day for Cleveland Residents. Find more info here.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium
This one isn't free but tickets to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium are discounted to $14.95 for adults and $8.95 for children up to age 12 during Difference-Makers Days from Jan. 16-27. The aquarium has partnered with the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland (UBF), with $1 from every ticket being donated to UBF. Find more info here.

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