Spend Black Friday at Cranbrook Institute of Science!

Friday, Nov. 25 | 11:00am - 3:00pm

Join us for some fossil fun with hands-on activities, a dino skull selfie station, hourly specials at the Science Shop, and more!

All activities are FREE with the purchase of general museum admission.

And don’t forget to say hello to Black Beauty, our full-sized T. rex skeleton cast on display in our Life Changes Over Time exhibit.

For an additional fee you can also explore:

  • SUE: The T. rex Experience, and come face-to-face with a fully articulated cast skeleton of SUE the T. rex, the most complete, best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.
  • Paleo presentations throughout the day.
  • Planetarium shows: One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, Let it Snow, Michigan Sky Tonight, and Mystery of the Christmas Star.
  • View the daily schedule to see what’s playing during your visit.

Learn More About SUE the T. rex

SUE: The T. rex Experience is presented by PNC Bank, with additional support from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council.

Deck the Halls with Dinos!

Friday, December 27 - Friday, December 30, 2022 | 11:00am - 3:00pm daily

The entire family is invited to explore all things paleontology:

  • Hands-on paleo activities
  • Fossil presentations
  • Hear (and feel) the sounds of dinosaurs
  • Try eating like a Sauropod
  • Solve the mystery of the injured T. rex
  • Spot the clues in our scavenger hunt
  • Take a selfie next to a full-sized Triceratops skull cast
  • And more!

All activities are FREE with the purchase of general museum admission.

For an additional fee you can also explore:

  • SUE: The T. rex Experience and come face-to-face with a fully articulated cast skeleton of SUE the T. rex, the most complete, best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.
  • Planetarium shows: One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, Let it Snow, Michigan Sky Tonight, and Mystery of the Christmas Star.

Tickets to both can be purchased at the front desk upon arrival.

SUE: The T. rex Experience is presented by PNC Bank, with additional support from Michigan Arts & Culture Council.

Cranbrook Institute of Science will be open Dec. 27 - 30, 2022 from 10:00am - 5:00pm daily. The museum will be closed Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022 and Sunday, January 1, 2023.