As of July 1st, Cranbrook Institute of Science does not allow peanuts, tree nuts, or nut butter in the museum.

We request that you please refrain from bringing these items, or items made with these ingredients, into the museum. We appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience.


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Acheson Planetarium

Public Planetarium Programs

Science Shop Hours

Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-3pm
Friday: 11am-9pm
Saturday: 11am-4pm
Sunday: 12pm-4pm


If our hours don't fit your schedule, our online store is always available!

Doom of the Dinosaurs: Are We Next?

February 8 - September 1, 2019

Current scientific theory holds that a massive asteroid crashed into the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico approximately 66 million years ago. The aftermath of the impact was directly responsible for not only the extinction of the dinosaurs, but roughly 75% of all life on Earth at that time.

Unfortunately, this massive extinction of life was not an isolated event. Over the past 500 million years, the Earth has experienced five large scale extinctions. One of them was so complete in its utter devastation it is estimated only 4% of life on Earth survived.

Public Program Schedule

Explore today's program offerings as well as any other special events that might be going on at the Institute of Science! These shows are for general admission visitors. School groups and other groups may attend regularly scheduled public shows. Please check at the Front Desk when you arrive at the Institute for availability

Permanent Exhibits

The museum's exhibitions are housed in 14 permanent galleries. There is also a changing exhibition hall, an outdoor science garden, nature trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, an observatory and an interactive fossil prep area known as exploreLAB. The major overarching theme to the exhibitions is the interconnectedness in nature. This idea is introduced to visitors in a unique, multi-media theater called the Connections Theater.