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.


To prepare for your upcoming visit, face coverings are not required, however, are recommended for the duration of your visit. Pre-registration is only required for Free First Friday.


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 is open every Friday from 8:30 - 10pm during daylight savings and 7:30 - 10pm during standard time, weather permitting. It is also open on the first Sunday of the month from 1:00 - 4:00pm for safe viewing of the sun, weather permitting.

For more information about the Cranbrook Observatory, please check here.

The Cranbrook Observatory is FREE with admission to the Institute.


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.