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.


Pre-registration is no longer required to visit the Institute of Science. However, you will still need to pre-register for Free First Friday. We are currently open to the public Wednesday through Sunday. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to the Institute of Science, we appreciate your cooperation with the following:

  • Face coverings are required for all guests aged three and older for the duration of their visit.
  • We encourage children under age three, who are not wearing a face covering, remain in a stroller or carrier for the duration of their visit.
  • We encourage guests to be respectful of the other people around them, and be mindful of each other’s space.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available at the museum entrance and high-contact areas.

Erb Family Science Garden

The Erb Family Science Garden remains closed at this time. Please check this page and our social channels for updates as they become available.


exploreLAB

exploreLAB remains closed at this time. Please check this page and our social channels for updates as they become available.


Cranbrook Observatory

The observatory remains closed at this time. Please check this page and our social channels for updates as they become available.


Acheson Planetarium

The Acheson Planetarium is open with limited capacity.
Tickets are available for purchase at the front desk upon your arrival at the Institute of Science on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Acheson Planetarium

Public Planetarium Programs
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.