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.


We are open and accepting reservations for Wednesday – Sunday visits. Please note, walkup registration is not guaranteed.

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to the Institute of Science, and we appreciate your cooperation with the following:

  • All guests aged three and older are required to wear a face covering for the duration of their visit.
  • Children aged 2 and younger are not required to wear a face covering however, we ask that they remain in a stroller or carrier if without a mask.
  • Guests should maintain six feet of social distance between themselves and other guests, whenever possible.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available at the museum entrance and high-contact areas.
  • The Acheson Planetarium, Observatory, Reflections Café, exploreLAB, Woodlands Den, Changing Exhibit Hall. and a few hands-on exhibit components are currently closed for the safety of our guests.

February reservations are limited. To inquire about remaining availability for this weekend, please call 248-645-3209 or email cisreservations@cranbrook.edu.


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Seasonal & Special Events

Acheson Planetarium

Public Planetarium Programs
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.