The Story of Us

The Story of Us showcases the very best of the Institute’s nationally-regarded anthropology collection and offers an immersion experience unprecedented at Cranbrook. Visitors will experience the exhibition with the help of a virtual holographic-like personal guide and use individual touch-screen interfaces to learn more about objects that interest them.

Life Changes Over Time

Come face to face with a full-sized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton cast and examines natural selection and evolution by exploring the question "Are birds the descendants of dinosaurs?"

Ice Ages Come And Go

This exhibit presents climatic variations that have buried Michigan under ice over and over again. Hands-on interactives and visual diagrams help visitors explore issues like seasons, heat distribution and how heat travels across the globe.

Mastodons Did Not Survive

This exhibit examines extinction through the example of the mastodon, which used to be plentiful in Michigan during the last ice age.

Peoples of the Woodlands: Objects of Great Lakes Native America

The rich culture of Great Lakes native peoples reflects a complex connection between objects, practices and the environment.

Reading Objects

Every object - a pair of shoes, a necklace, a flag - holds different meanings for different people, and how we decode objects varies depending on culture, previous experience and prior knowledge.

Flint Anthropology Gallery

Cranbrook Institute of Science's newest gallery highlights more than 100 Native American objects from the Institute's collections in an exhibit entitled By Native Hands.

Woodlands Den

Retained as originally created, these dioramas of Michigan plant associations capture both a reminder of the Institute's past and a glimpse of habitats increasingly threatened throughout the state.

The Motion Gallery

Lose your fear of physics with hands-on experiments that demonstrate the basic yet profound concepts of matter in motion.

Every Rock Has a Story

Was Michigan once located in the tropics? Will California crumble into the Pacific Ocean? The earth is constantly changing right under your feet and the exciting results range from earthquakes and volcanoes to granite and diamonds.

Astronomy Lobby

The Astronomy Lobby includes ViewSpace, a self-updating exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Mineral Study Gallery

Cranbrook founder George Booth started this mineral collection in 1926 with only a few hundred specimens. Since then, it has grown to more than 11,000 specimens.

Acheson Light Lab

Light Lab, an ingeniously subtle science lesson, is a space designed to encourage curiosity.

Water is Like Nothing Else

See the power of water on the bed of an ancient sea, make a storm, and find out how much of your body is water.