Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Cranbrook Art Museum invites viewers to discover relevant and transformative moments in modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design. Through our exhibitions, collections, programming, and publications, we bring together people from our region and around the world to provoke new ideas about art, creativity, and the built environment. We achieve this at Cranbrook Educational Community, a National Historic Landmark campus, where the pursuit of knowledge and innovation is paramount. We are open free to all and late on Thursdays! Cranbrook on the Green Mini-Golf is open during Summer months. Visitors can experience a “hole” new dimension of our historic campus with our new miniature golf course, inspired by the art and design of Cranbrook. Sink a putt at custom-designed, art-inspired holes located outdoors on the beautiful grounds of Cranbrook Art Museum adjacent to the Triton Pools. Grab a drink and a snack at our Fika cafe—it’s summer fun for everyone.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Kirstin D.
Port Huron, MI472 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Lovely inside and out. Beautiful extraordinary fountains surround the art museum, and great exhibits inside. A lovely setting - Cranbrook school and the nearby homes and buildings. You really have to go experience it. The exhibits change often.
Written February 15, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review, Kristin. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum and grounds, and we hope to see you again soon!
Written February 17, 2020
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artnform
Ferndale, MI19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
When travelling to Michigan do not forget to stop by the Cranbrook Art Museum (with art works by Saarinen, Vasarely, Jensen, and many more) and take time to enjoy the grounds of this beautiful place. Cranbrook has also a Science Museum, amazing gardens and fountains, and Saarinen's finest architecture. You can easily spend the day at Cranbrook relaxing and enjoying the site.
Written July 26, 2017
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Woodroad
Washington, DC168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
The Museum was closed to install a new exhibit, but that's not why I came to Bloomfield Hills. I was most interested in the house that Eliel Saarinen built, that Loja Saarinen helped furnish, and where Eero Saarinen grew up. The Saarinen House is only open for a few guided tours to accommodate a dozen or so. Our docent (who said she's the only one currently doing tours) was outstanding, exceptionally knowledgeable but far from stilted. The House has been restored to much the condition when Saarinen lived there and guided Cranbrook arts and crafts design. The attention to detain is impressive, with meticulous tapistries, intricately inlaid woods, and delicately decorated curtains. The Saarinen's all contributed to the look and feel of the House where they worked, entertained, and lived. The dining room is especially striking, with an expandable round table and exquisite chairs. The living space on the second floor was more austere than the public areas, but was cleverly designed to make it both beautiful and functional. As our guide noted, you can also see the very shower that Frank Lloyd Wright used (although the toilet seat is not original). I'm sure the Museum is worthwhile as well, and the Cranbrook grounds are stunning, but the Saarinen House is the highlight for me.
Written June 10, 2014
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Lorij
Detroit, MI135 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It is not the DIA, but small and quaint. We primarily went for the album covers. Which was a good thing as the museum was under construction and there was not much else to see. They were not charging to get in, so that helped offset the lack of art. We were in and out in 20 minutes, which for a 30 minute drive, is rather disappointing. When they actually have the rooms filled, you can be there a good hour. So, it's hit or miss. If you are making a special trip, definitely call to see what's being shown first.

The Cranbrook area is beautiful, and on a nice day, great to walk around.
Written November 22, 2019
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marftrip
Kernersville, NC339 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
There’s nothing wrong with this museum, and the building and grounds are certainly worth visiting. Unfortunately, I had missed the fact that the permanent collection (including pieces by the Saarinen family) was only available one day a month. I was taking the Saarinen House tour (highly recommend, excellent guide) and the Art Museum was included. I found a few pieces interesting, but be aware it’s contemporary art. If that’s not to your liking, don’t bother.
Written June 24, 2019
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MS_downriver
downriver251 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
Thankful we were there on a day it was free to the public because if we had to pay we would have been very upset. Unless you like college art this is not the type of art museum we thought it was. When we think art museum we think old paintings and artwork and old statues, nope was only college art. Was extremely disappointed!!! The science museum is only thing worth it, and not worth get a membership to the art part.
Written May 29, 2018
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Luv2TravelHistoricMI
Waterford, MI27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Family
On Mother's Day we went on an outing with the children (of all people) to the Cranbrook Art Museum. We have membership at the Cranbrook Institute of Science and thought it would be a nice change of pace to try the Museum. MISTAKE!

We went when there was a "graduate students" exhibit. The front desk people gave our kids laminated cards of things to look for and told us that as long as there wasn't a sign on an exhibit specifically stating "do not touch" they were free to examine the art with their hands as well. Okay!

Once we entered the gallery spaces, however, we noticed that several workers were keeping a close on us. We carefully checked each exhibit before letting the kids near it. We came to an exhibit made of large colorful foam blocks (like you would find in a DAYCARE). There were no "do not touch" signs, so I let one of my kids feel it. Immediately, a woman stopped him and told me that none of the exhibits were to be touched and that the exhibits really weren't meant for children. So, why the cards and the instructions from the front desk workers?

We went into another exhibit where yet another woman stopped us before we even had a chance to look and she said we might enjoy being outside. Now, if our children had been noisy or disrespectful or misbehaved, I could see her point. But this wasn't their first time in an art museum and they know how to behave.

Also, there were many exhibits which I would really question as "art." One was a photograph of a naked man in a bathtub wearing an oxygen mask/respirator with a tube coming out of his mouth going into to his buttocks. Try explaining that one to the kiddos. I know we all snickered about that one. It would have been nice for the front desk folks to warn us about that one. Apparently they were working at a different museum than they were describing to us.

Bottom line: I was offended in more ways than one and we will not be back to the Cranbrook Art Museum.

On the positive side, the gardens were lovely and it was a beautiful day outside.
Written September 30, 2012
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kathy m
Cleveland, OH106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Visited the museum and took a scheduled private tour of the Saarinen house- very informative and enjoyable!
Written September 6, 2021
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Thank you so much for spending time with Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research! We appreciate your feedback.
Written October 19, 2021
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Vanessa C
Detroit, MI170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
The museum/grounds are a beautiful backdrop to the amazing art work featured here. The variety of artists and styles featured are incredible, from local to international works. Although this may not be the best place for children as they could get bored, but regardless is interesting for everyone else!
Written November 17, 2017
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PNRao
Cedar Falls, IA1,253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
The art museum has good collection as well as organizes reputed artists from time to time. When we visited the American Interior Designer Alexander Girard displays are present. A very well planned displays that can be seen from the photos that I have added here. From interior decorations to specialized murals, Girard has excelled in every part of it. Worth visiting.
Written August 8, 2017
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