As the 2021-2022 academic year kicks-off, we are thrilled to welcome you and your students back to the Institute of Science. With the return of learning experiences outside the classroom, we invite you to reignite your students’ curiosity in science and natural history at Cranbrook Institute of Science. All curious minds are welcome to explore and discover here. Our programs are NGSS-aligned and address state standards. Our curriculums in social studies, Earth science, life science, physical science, engineering, and water-related programming bring your students new ways to learn and grow. Field trips to the Institute of Science and in-classroom experiences with our educators are powerful ways to learn and are opportunities that were not available to you or your students last year.

We cannot wait to see you and your students this school year!

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PRICING & PAYMENT

Prices include admission, permanent and changing exhibits, parking, and program-related scavenger hunts for chaperone use during museum visit.

PER STUDENT
1 PROGRAM $13
2 PROGRAMS $16
3 PROGRAMS $18

ADDITIONAL CHAPERONES/ADULTS +$10 (Pre-K and K groups are allowed one free chaperone for every three students; 1st-12th groups are allowed one free chaperone for every 5 students. Additional chaperones/adults are $10/person.)

SCIENCE ON THE GO!
SMALL GROUP PROGRAMS (MAX 30 STUDENTS PER PROGRAM) $300
PHYSICS OF FLING! $550
FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PROGRAM $200
SEE BELOW FOR APPLICABLE TRAVEL FEES

ACHESON MOBILE PLANETARIUM
FIRST SHOW $450
ADDITIONAL SHOWS $250
SEE BELOW FOR APPLICABLE TRAVEL FEES

CALL FOR MULTI-PROGRAM, LARGE GROUP, AND CUSTOM PROGRAM PRICING AT 248.645.3210

TRAVEL FEES (by county):
Macomb, Oakland, Wayne: $60
Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw: $85
Ingham, Monroe, St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola: $110
Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Lenawee: $135
Calhoun, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Midland: $150
Arenac, Barry, Branch, Clare, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent: $185
All other counties: Please call 248.645.3210

SCIENCE ON THE SCREEN!
PRICE PER PROGRAM (MAX 5 CLASSROOMS PER PROGRAM) $150

A FEW NOTES ABOUT REGISTRATION:
Field trips require a minimum of 20 paying guests to qualify for group rates. Cranbrook Institute of Science membership discounts and admission do not apply to field trips.

CANCELLATION POLICIES:
Cancel in writing more than 30 calendar days before the date of your visit and reschedule with no additional fees. Your 50% non-refundable deposit will be credited towards a future field trip before June 3, 2022. Any remaining pre-payment greater than 50% will be refunded.

Cancellations made fewer than 30 calendar days before your visit: Deposit is forfeited, and any remaining payment will be credited to a future field trip before June 3, 2022.

STEPS TO REGISTER
Plan your experience with Cranbrook Institute of Science through the prompts below. Register online or call us at 248.645.3210 Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.

STEP ONE: Read through program descriptions at the right to find the right experience for your class.

STEP TWO: Consider the following… Here’s what we will ask you during registration!

  • Will this experience be virtual or in-person? If in-person, would you like a field trip at the Institute, or should we come to you?
  • What time of year are you considering? (Sooner than three weeks from now? Call us!)
  • What are your top 3 date choices? We will try to accommodate your top choice and knowing alternate options is helpful.
  • How many students, teachers, and chaperones will attend?
  • Does anyone in your group have special needs?
  • If you’re coming to the museum, will you be coming by car or bus?
  • Do we have permission to take photos of your students during the program?

STEP THREE: There are three ways you can register your class

  1. Online with deposit via credit card. Visit our Field Trip, Science on the Go!, or Science on the Screen! registration pages.
  2. Online with deposit via check. Fill out our Request a Date form (deposit must be paid within 2 weeks of submission).
  3. Phone. Call us at 248.645.3210.

STEP FOUR: Get ready! Review pre-visit materials with students and recruit chaperones.

STEP FIVE: Have fun at the Institute of Science or with our educators at your school!

Group Visit FAQs

How many people are required to receive group rates at Cranbrook Institute of Science?
20 participants. This can be any combination of adults and students.

What if my group is less than 20, but I still want a private program or tour?
You may pay for 20 people at the group rate (even if your group is smaller) and you can still receive a program for your group.

We only want to see a planetarium show. Can’t we just pay for the planetarium?
The planetarium may be rented out for private shows at mutually agreeable times. Private rentals do include museum admission. For school groups, planetarium programs may be selected as one (or more) of the group’s programs.

Can we visit the museum without seeing a program?
School group visits have the cost of programming factored into ticket prices. Foregoing programming will not affect pricing. Admission pricing for senior/private groups is independent of program charges.

What are your group rates for homeschool groups?
Admission is $13 per student for 1 program, $16 for 2 programs, $18 for 3 programs. Chaperones are $10 per person, with one chaperone admitted free of charge for every 5 students, after the 20-person group minimum has been met. Teachers are free provided the 20-person group minimum has been met.

How far in advance should I secure my group visit?
Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend scheduling at least 21 days in advance of your desired date of visit.

When are my final attendance numbers due?
21 calendar days in advance of your group’s visit.

What if fewer people come on the day of our scheduled visit?
You are responsible for the amount due for your group based upon the number of attendees reported to us or on file with us 21 calendar days in advance of your visit, OR the number of attendees present the day of your visit, whichever is greater. Please plan accordingly.

What if I need to cancel my group’s visit?
Deposits are non-refundable. However, cancellations received 30 calendar days or more in advance may have the deposit applied to another visit occurring before June 3rd, 2022.

Cancellations less than 30 days in advance of a scheduled group visit forfeit your deposit.

What deposit is required to secure my group’s visit?
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to schedule your visit.

How long are your educational programs?
Most programs are approximately 45-minutes in length.

When are programs offered?
Group programs are generally offered Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, on the hour, beginning at 10:00 am.

How far in advance of my group’s program do I need to arrive?
Groups are expected to arrive no less than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled program start time.

What if my group is running late?
Please call the Reservations Office at 248.645.3210.