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Out ​of ​the ​Ordinary: Unusual ​Attractions ​in ​Cleveland

Street chandelier

The Playhouse Square chandelier lighting up the theater district

Cleveland is known for many things. Nicknamed the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, it’s been hailed as one of the best places to live in the country.

But the city is also home to many curious sights and attractions. Check this slightly-out-of-left-field travel guide we’ve prepared for you:

Museum of Divine Statues

This attraction is a curious collection of religious statues from the Christian tradition. Many of the pieces were recovered from churches that have closed, while others were donated by private collectors. A team of experts carefully restore each statue, allowing visitors to appreciate the pieces in their near-original glory. Fittingly, the museum is located in a former church in Lakewood.

A Christmas Story House & Museum

If you’re a fan of the holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” add this attraction to your travel itinerary. Thanks to the movie’s loyal fans, the Cleveland home has been converted into a museum, where you can take tours and learn fun behind-the-scenes trivia. Originally, only the house’s exterior was used in the film, but the interiors have since been renovated to match those seen in the movie.

The Largest Chandelier in the World

Talk about a statement piece! At the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 14th Street, you will find a 20-foot chandelier that’s adorned with some 4,200 crystals. Originally installed in 2014, the fabulous fixture has become a key attraction in the Playhouse Square district, one of the country’s theater hotspots. If you’re catching a show or doing some shopping in the area, stop by and take a selfie with the chandelier.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center and Money Museum

This attraction is one of the few museums that’s dedicated to teaching kids about financial literacy. Here you’ll find over 30 interactive exhibits that tackle everything from the history of money to fun facts about world currencies. The price of admission is free and you and your kids will come home with a wealth of knowledge.

Frozen Cleveland Lighthouse

Is it an iceberg? Is it a mirage? Nope, it’s a lighthouse – a frozen one. This ice-encased attraction has an otherworldly feel to it, but it’s all Mother Nature’s doing. Back in the winter of 2010, gale force winds splashed water from Lake Erie onto the lighthouse, which eventually froze into ice. Before long, the entire lighthouse was completely wrapped in ice, making it one of the most unique sights in Cleveland during the colder months.

Buckland Gallery of Witchcraft and Magick

Think witchcraft is just the stuff of legend and Hollywood movies? Think again! At this attraction, you’ll see a collection of genuine Wiccan artifacts and occult paraphernalia personally assembled by Raymond Buckland, the leader of the Long Island Coven. There’s even a special box that purportedly imprisons a demon caught by Buckland in the 1970s.

With so many cool, weird, and awe-inspiring sights to behold in Cleveland, you’ll never run out of interesting things to do here.

Thinking about living in Cleveland, Ohio? Get in touch with Cici Riley at 216.410.3114 or e-mail her at ciciriley(at)howardhanna(dotted)com to get expert real estate advice.