Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science
4.5
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles179 reviews
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Sophia V
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
I spoke to the director of development and she said the new policy was going to make masks optional for kids based on their comfort level. Personal choice.

Upon reading the new policy, the “leaders” based on “science” have decided to require kids to wear masks. Regardless of the continued data from reputable sources that masks are physically and emotionally damaging to children’s health. But evidently, this science museum whose guests are primarily children has decided to follow this discriminatory policy.

I’m so glad that we won’t be renewing our membership to an institution that supports racism and discrimination. And I really regret that we supported it for a year.

Cranbrook Institute of science It’s with a bittersweet feeling that I tell you (again) to remove me from all mailings and emails from your discriminating Institute effective immediately
Written July 1, 2021
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Kamilla L
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
We stopped at the Cranbrook on a weekday afternoon. The place was very quiet with few other visitors wandering through the museum. When I asked about the bat zone, I was told green time was blocked off for school groups. And even though no groups were scheduled, we were not allowed to see the bats.

I had a particular, personal reason and even offered to make a substantial donation just to get my picture taken with the fruit bat, Kamilla. Yes, she has my name. And I know this was allowed because Kamilla was taken to a travelling event where visitors were allowed to take pictures.

I understand there are good reasons for most rules. My complaint isn’t just about the rules. I’m disappointed and critical because it was a quiet afternoon and the staff were remarkably unfriendly and unhelpful and not just about the bats.
Written March 10, 2021
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travelwiseMiss
Mississippi163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
This museum was worth the time. I have been to many museums and this one ranked right up there. I loved the area with the gems. Old and young kids alike will enjoy this museum.
Written July 2, 2019
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jhesaurus
Newton, MA89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
We really love visiting this museum but some new money would make a world of difference in upgrading the experience. Compared to other more modern science museums, it’s behind the times. Also reasonably priced.
Written April 22, 2019
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kamabay
Bloomfield HIlls, Michigan37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Wonderfull natural history museum on spectacular grounds. Have extensive minerals collection and planetarium with music shows
Written October 11, 2017
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John R
Nashville, IN225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
Was pleased to discover this museum after scrambling for a Friday night activity with kids once our original plans got rained out (Tigers game). Late Friday and Saturday hours are a huge plus. The basic museum is fun and we spent about an hour there and felt we saw the main exhibits. We did not visit the planetarium so not able to comment on that. Sign up for a membership with your local museum that is part of the ASTC passport reciprocal program and visit the Cranbrook Institute of Science for free.
Written July 8, 2017
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Eljessespeaks
Michigan113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
Great educational place to visit and also the interactive exhibits are very interesting and make you truly get hands on. It was especially neat to see some of the dinosaur bones displayed that were found in that area in the recent past.
Written January 6, 2017
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Cosette R
Oxford, MI25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
I took my children to Cranbrook visiting the grounds, the Museum and the Science Institute and now I'm taking my grandchildren!! They have something for all ages and it's always a hit regardless of where we go. The grounds are fantastic as well!! Love Cranbrook!!
Written June 3, 2015
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Deb Al
Washington, MI202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a great place to go - they have nice events for scouts, school groups & it's a wonderful afternoon trip with the family.
Written April 17, 2012
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KikisDeliveryService
Michigan124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Cranbrook Institute of Science is tucked away in the upper-class suburb of Bloomfield Hills on the beautiful grounds of the elite, private Cranbrook school system. It is small (2 levels) so it's very manageable for bringing the grandparents and it is also very seldom crowded. The two main areas focus on dinosaurs/history of the earth and a huge room of precious rocks and minerals. There are also areas of space exploration (with daily star shows that some kids love and others find terribly boring), motion and balance, weather, and a room of preserved critters of all sizes. There are a few hands-on displays for children though it is not technically a 'children's museum', it is a science institute. Still the museum is certainly child-friendly. A restaurant offers reasonable prices for sandwiches, soups and pizza. The highlight is often the traveling exhibit which occupies half of the lower level, along with a nice gift shop. Check their website before you go to see what the traveling exhibit will be when you are there. Cranbrook participates in reciprocity agreements with other science museums so if you are a member elsewhere, see if you can get free or discounted admission. The Bat Zone is in another building and costs extra. It is only two rooms but also has a sloth and flying squirrels. All in all, a very pleasant, educational experience for the whole family.
Written December 10, 2007
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