CLEVELAND (February 2, 2024) – Come February 24, when guests enter the main exhibits area on the first floor of Great Lakes Science Center, they will be greeted with an all-new permanent exhibition gallery just beyond the familiar blue welcome arch.

The Cleveland Creates Gallery presented by The Sherwin-Williams Company is a new addition to the museum’s permanent exhibits, and it is inspired by the innovative spirit of the city that lies just outside the museum’s doors. The new gallery underscores Northeast Ohio’s story of manufacturing technology and represents a $2.25 million investment in changing the Science Center’s visitor experience.

Inside the gallery, guests will engage with interactive exhibits that dive into the realms of technology, sensors, data and remote robotics, and will give them an opportunity to explore the tools and skills that are driving advances in Northeast Ohio.

“The interactive exhibits within this new entrance gallery are an outgrowth of the Science Center’s programs,” said Science Center President & CEO Kirsten Ellenbogen. “Many of our programs for schools have explored these topics and led us to this moment, including our Robotics Initiative for youth, our annual Manufacturing Day event, and workshops that introduce the Internet of Things, blockchain and more.”

“Sherwin-Williams is thrilled to support the creation of the Cleveland Creates Gallery. This fun and engaging exhibit is a testament to the Science Center’s commitment to bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to life for the people of our community,” said Diana Strongosky, Sherwin-Williams, Senior Vice President, Global Innovation. “Their extensive workforce development programming is given a new home here, providing the next generation of innovators the building blocks of emerging technology and STEM career opportunities that exist right here, in our own backyard.”

Stationed throughout the gallery are real-life representations of STEM professionals from across the community, covering industries such as aeronautics, automation, remote robotics, steel and chemistry. These authentic and representational members of the community are embedded into the exhibits that will inspire guests to see themselves confidently in the STEM-rich workforce of tomorrow. The gallery was developed, designed and fabricated with a multi-lingual approach including dual language interactives, videos and labels for broader inclusion.

The Cleveland Creates Gallery opens to the public officially at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, and is included with general admission to the Science Center.

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(Editor’s note: the Science Center’s winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.)


About Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center is one of the top ten museums in the nation as celebrated by the 2023 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award for Best Science Museum. The Science Center is home to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, historic Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, and more. The Science Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, earned a 2023 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid, a leading provider of insight and data about the non-profit world. The Science Center is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Visit for more information.