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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Seasonal & Special Events

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!

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.

Robot Revolution

November 19, 2019 - July 3, 2020

This exhibit is presented by PNC Bank, with contributing support from DENSO Corporation and is FREE with general admission.

Explore Space, Planetary, Movie, Industrial & Service Robotics! A Current and Futuristic, Interactive, Scientific, Hands-On experience.