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Cranbrook Art Museum

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Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801
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+1 248-645-3300
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Small Museum with Big Exhibitions

A small museum tucked away in the suburbs of Detroit that boosts the best in regional and national Art and Design from the 20th and 21st Centuries. Seated in the Heart of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 17, 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

A small museum tucked away in the suburbs of Detroit that boosts the best in regional and national Art and Design from the 20th and 21st Centuries. Seated in the Heart of the historic Cranbrook Campus, the museum itself is a work of art by renowned architect Eliel Saarinen. CAM continually draws upon the history and legacy of the Academy's... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

It's a breath-taking building with a gorgeous, minimalist inside, but there's not a ton of art to be seen, unfortunately. The coolest exhibit is the static pottery display in the basement.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

excellent lay out and interesting exhibits to ponder over. The grounds leading up to the Museum would be a whole other review that I would put on your list to visit and explore as well.

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Wonderful exhibits in the museum and then there there is the entire grounds around the museum, Sculptures, fountains, and the garden. Such a gem! It's a regular stop for us whether is it the museum itself or the grounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

I recently went with my Questers group to see the John Glick pottery exhibit which was wonderful and while there also saw the fasinating works of a book illustrator. Cranbrook is such a delightful place to visit at all times of the year. The art museum is always having interesting exhibits.

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

The 3 galleries on the first floor were down for changing exhibits, but there were 2 nice exhibits downstairs, a pottery retrospective, and pen and ink artist. See previous review for details. Plus it was a nice day to walk the grounds and enjoy the outside sculptures. Because there were only 2 exhibits, it was half price, which was great.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

At first I was not impressed at all when I heard that there was only two exhibits on display at the entire museum. The first exhibit was John Glick pottery which I though was dull. I went through it in 5 minutes. I was surprisingly taken back by how fascinating the next exhibit was. It was a Edward Gorey exhibit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

This museum is a jewel! Not only does it have a fantastic permanent collection, it has exciting, unexpected and or innovative special exhibits. If you need handicap access, go to the backof the lower parking lot to call an attendant to let you and your party in. You will miss the fabulous fountain at the top of the steps but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Features early 20th century. Exceptionally well-designed and well-curated. Great cafeteria in the Science Institute a short walk or drive away--limited menu but home-cooked food, a hidden gem. Great gardens, a planetarium show, and three house tours (Arts&Crafts, Saarinen, and FLWright) in a magnificent and artfully-planned campus of hundreds of beautiful acres. We loved every minute of being there.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

There is a lot of nice and interesting features here. It's decent, but lacks a WOW factor. The Bat exhibit is amazing and fantastic, however if you don't like bats, the rest of the museum is just so-so.

Thank Rachel N

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