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Cranbrook Institute of Science

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Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
Phone Number: 248 645 3200
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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A Treasure

You cant go wrong visiting the whole Cranbrook campus: magnificent gardens, world renown sculpture and architecture , the art institute and recently redone science museum for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
alexiss
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Mich
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Mich
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You cant go wrong visiting the whole Cranbrook campus: magnificent gardens, world renown sculpture and architecture , the art institute and recently redone science museum for adults and children, Don't forget the planetarium.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I love this museum. It's big enough that you are interested and engaged, but not so large that you are overwhelmed trying to see everything. The minerals and rocks are my absolute favorite, I could spend an hour just looking at the specimens, many of which you can touch. My kids like the dinosaurs, hands on kinetics and butterflies. Added... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My husband and I have taken our daughter here a few times, most recently in December 2014. We went to see the Sesame Street iMax presentation in the planetarium, and even at the young age of 2.5, she was able to follow and enjoy the show. I did think the volume was a bit loud, however. She also enjoyed seeing... More 

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Westland, Michigan
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127 reviews 127 reviews
48 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Went here with the family and a couple friends for the morning to explore. I haven't been to Cranbrook since I was in grade school. There was a lot of really cool information and things to look at. Some of the exhibits are really nice and some are really old and outdated. The T-rex and the dinosaur stuff was really... More 

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125 reviews 125 reviews
25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I took my family with 3 teenage children to the Woman of Vision exhibition. It is an excellent photography exhibit by the woman of National Geographic. It can be done in about an hour and lead to great conversations about the world while we walked through the Cranbrook Gardens. Leave yourself a couple of hours and get lost at Cranbrook,... More 

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

With children grown it was many years since we visited this museum. Now with grandchildren I could not believe how a very good museum graduated to excellent. Our kids were completely engaged. The variety of exhibits were both interesting and educational. If I entered this museum in another city I would be telling everyone how you must visit. For visitors... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A favorite of my grandson and myself! He loves it here and is always fascinated by new exhibits and new discoveries. He started his mineral collection here from the wonderful gift shop. We have great memories, love talking with the students and getting instruction. We had a wonderful time in the planetarium one evening, when we were the only ones... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

As part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program we received free entry to this natural science museum. Very educational but more for teens and adults. Most interesting part was learning about the Ice Age and it's effects on carving out Michigan's current landscape. This museum has a discovery center for kids (just a small room) in the basement but my... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This museum of natural history (with additional Art museum too) is a gem based on overall experience we had during the Halloween Science event. Beside countless hands on demos (one involving ice cream making and tasting ) we enjoyed the architectural intricacies of the many art deco buildings, the statues, the Cranbrook gardens and the nature walk. This is a... More 

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Michigan
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148 reviews 148 reviews
36 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

First time to Cranbrook. Took 5 and 7 year old to participate in special Halloween event for 2 hours. It was nice mix of Halloween, museum, science and craft activities. Kids thoroughly enjoyed it. Volunteers and staff were excellent. Science was educational. Crafts were clever and well staffed. Great way to engage the kids without devices (ipads, computer games, etc.).... More 

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