Interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of objects, artifacts, and changing exhibitions offer something for every member of the family. Stand beneath a T.rex, feel a mastodon’s fur, or touch a meteorite.

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Cranbrook Observatory

Three new telescopes, architectural changes in the viewing space, a new dome, and compatibility with the planetarium will create an experience unparalleled anywhere in the Midwest. 

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Cranbrook Institute of Science hosts, partakes in, or sponsors an eclectic array of programs and events. From seasonal, hoilday, scouts, educational and summer camps we’ve got great opportunites for you!

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Scouting at Cranbrook

Erb Family Science Garden

Designed by Landscape Architect Peter Osler, the Erb Family Garden is situated in the courtyard of Cranbrook Institute of Science. Within a dynamic garden of Michigan native plants that change with the seasons, the science garden displays water for which the Great Lakes are famous – featuring water in its vapor, liquid, and solid states.

Current and Future Featured Exhibits

Mark your calendars so you don't miss out on our current and future featured exhibits. We have unique and special exhibitions that we bring to the community on a routine basis. 

Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars

Closing July 3, 2018

Da Vinci Machines and Robotics

Opening July 21, 2018

Acheson Planetarium

The planetarium at Cranbrook Institute of Science is an intimate theater that allows you to explore and experience the universe. It features a state-of-the-art Digistar star projector manufactured by Evans & Sutherland Corp., a company also renowned for its simulation products for aviation and government clients. The Digistar allows star fields and other images to be projected and moved through.

The latest round of upgrades to the planetarium, courtesy of the Michael and Adele Acheson family, offer visitors a 360 degree experience with a 5.1 surround sound system that delivers images three times brighter, crisper and more color-saturated than before. In addition, a new “green” LED lighting system allows the projection of any color in the spectrum and greater visual effects capabilities.