Seasonal & Special Events

Passport to Adventure

December 26 - 30, 1 - 4pm

This Holiday season visit the Cranbrook Institute of Science and fill up your “Passport to Adventure.” National Geographic’s Women of Vision exhibition of photography from around the world provides the inspiration for an array of family friendly, hands-on activities available free with admission December 26 - 30.

Get your passport at the front desk and fill it with stamps from countries around the globe as you visit different experiences throughout the museum.  Stop in Iraq and create your own cut-and-fold Babylonian lammasu figure.  Travel to Argentina and assist with the cleaning of an actual meteorite from space, and take home some of the rust with you. Then visit Libya as you investigate desert glass created from a prehistoric meteorite impact.

Other experiences await you in...

Our World

  • Special Appearances - seldom-seen artifacts and specimens from our “vaults” are on display.
  • Make-And-Take-It -activities relating to countries and cultures represented in the “Women of Vision” exhibition, including India, Iraq, Kenya, and USA.
  • Big Cats - A special display of taxidermy lions and leopards, along with “touchables” relating to African wildlife.
  • “Women of Vision” – Join CIS curator Cameron Wood for a 20 minute mini-lecture that explores the exhibit’s themes and provides a glimpse into some of the stories behind the photographs. “Women of Vision” at 2pm on December 28, 29, and 30….

And Beyond!

  • Meteorite or Meteor-wrong - learn to identify meteorites and bring in your unknown specimens for examination by CIS staff.
  • Save John King’s meteorite – help restore local book dealer John King’s giant iron meteorite from Argentina and keep some of the meteoric rust as a souvenir.
  • Meteorite Exploration – examine and handle the major types of meteorites and learn about their origin.
  • New Meteorites – see nine new meteorites in the institute’s revised Rocks from Space meteorite exhibition.
  • Libyan Desert Glass – check out new specimens of this enigmatic glass from western Egypt. 
  •  Cranbrook Geologist John Zawiskie presents The Mystery of the Desert Glass – Tutankhamen’s Fireball at 2pm on December 26 and 27.

Planetarium programs will be offered daily December 22, 23, and 26 through 30.

Dec. 22 and 23

12:30pm Let It Snow
1:30pm Michigan Sky Tonight
2:30pm Mystery of the Christmas Star

Dec. 26 through 30

10:30am One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
11:30amRobot Explorers
12:30pm Let It Snow
1:30pm Michigan Sky Tonight
2:30pm Mystery of the Christmas Star
3:30pm Michigan Sky Tonight
Ages 6 & Above Only

Bat shows will be offered December 22, 23, and 26 through 30 at 1:30 and 2:30pm.

Reflections Café is open December 22, 23, and 26 through 30.

The Science Shop is open 11am until 4pm Monday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and 11am until 9pm on Friday.   From December 22, 2014 through January 4, 2015, the Shop will offer 25% Off Women of Vision books and T-shirts, and 25% OFF Magic and Illusion Products.

Download a Holiday Wish List.

The Institute is closed on December 24, 25, and 31, 2014, and January 1, 2015.

Happy Holidays!