There is something for everyone at the Cranbrook Institute of Science located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the hands on interaction as they explore the 11 permanent exhibits on display, a state of the art planetarium and observatory, and special programs available at this lovely museum of natural history.
Things to Do
- Visit the Planetarium: explore the universe and study the stars under the dome which features a state of the art Digistar star projector.
- Enjoy the live Bat Programs and learn about how to attract fruit bats and vampire bats, as well as learn about them in the Bat Zone.
- Spend some time in the free on site Observatory.
- Explore the 11 permanent gallery exhibits within the museum including: Life Changes Over Time, Ice Ages Come and Go, Mastodons Did Not Survive, Mineral Study Gallery, The Story of Us, Water is Like Anything Else just to name a few.
Cranbrook Institute of Science Insider Tips
- Be sure to check out the Planetarium Schedule before you visit for a listing of the shows and times offered.
- The Rocks and Mineral exhibit is a must see. The collection is incredible to explore.
- For a an additional $5 fee, the Bat Exhibit is really interesting. The museum also offers bat walks after 9pm on Fridays. The cafe is also open for a special meal deal b/w 5 and 8pm on the first friday of every month.
- Admission is free after 5pm on the first Friday of every month! Couple that with the Friday Night Bat Walk.
- The Museum Observatory is free and open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 830-10pm.
- Tickets for the Planetarium and Bat Zone are offered at an additional fee and can be purchased at the front desk.