A Christmas Story House + Museum
Location: Cleveland, Ohio (3159 W. 11th St.)
When to visit: 10 am – 5 pm Thursday through Monday (closed Tues & Wed)
Cost: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for kids
Time needed: 30-45 minutes
Much of the classic movie ‘A Christmas Story’ was filmed in Toronto, but the exterior shots of the family home were taken in a residential neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2006, that restored yellow house has been the A Christmas Story House and Museum, which hosts thousands of visitors every year with daily tours.
Though the film was released in 1983, it was set in the ’40s, so everything here is designed to look really old. The movie has become an annual holiday classic, and that makes this museum an oddly popular tourist attraction.
The interior of the house has been restored to look just like it did in the film. Visitors are encouraged to hold up the BB gun next to the tree and pose underneath the sink.
Across the street from the house itself is the museum, which houses original props and artifacts from the movie, like Schwartz’s hat and scarf, Miss Shields’s blackboard, and Grover Dill’s cap.
The house is open year-round, but you can expect much larger crowds during the holiday season. It’s a must-visit for fans of the movie. As of 2020, adult tickets cost $15, while kids over age 3 are charged $10.
The museum is open 10 am to 5 pm five days a week. It’s closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See here for a map and location directions. The house is tucked away in a neighborhood just off the highway.
A Christmas Story House in Cleveland is one of the most quirky and unique things to do in Cleveland. For more offbeat fun in the city, read about the Cleveland Police Museum, the History of Contraception Museum, and the giant FREE stamp.
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