As Michigan’s premiere museum of natural history, Cranbrook Institute of Science offers the opportunity to explore the science in our everyday lives. Through its impressive collections, educational programs, special events, changing exhibitions and educational experiences the Institute is able to make science tangible in a friendly, easily accessible way.
A trip the Cranbrook Institute of Science allows guests to:
Acheson Planetarium & Cranbrook Observatory
Explore the galaxy in the observatory, or take a virtual roller coaster ride through our solar system in the Acheson Planetarium.
In the Family Discovery Center, children and families learn about the world we live in through hands on experiences. Visitors explore with microscopes and binoculars, learn about children around the world or choose from 22 discovery boxes offering a wide range of topics like dinosaurs, magnetism, rocks, and the solar system. Learning is exciting and fun!
Take a school field trip (virtual or physical) to bolster the concepts taught in the classroom. Planning a field trip with us is easy. We offer programs at our beautiful Bloomfield Hills museum, at your school or virtually through videoconferencing.
Observe a habitat of Michigan trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers throughout the seasons. The garden has a formal look, yet it is planted with wild plants demonstrating how the native plants of Michigan can be cultivated in the home landscape to stunning effect.
Investigate a diverse collection of objects and artifacts from around the world. Objects in the CIS Collections document the richness and complexity of the natural world; and artifacts in the CIS Collections illuminate the creative and practical applications of human effort.