Cranbrook Institute of Science

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Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science
4.5
Natural History Museums • Science Museums • Educational sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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GoeieWitte
Madeira, OH578 contributions
Oct 2021
Drove up at the recommendation of a hobby friend. easy to access using GPS.
The winding drive on a sunny day made me almost park at the entrance and walk to the museum.
Parking and access were easy and convenient.
Inside, signage could be improved.
My focus was the mineralogy and geology sections.
The exhibits are a bit dated in form and layout but the contents are worth seeing.
Written October 19, 2021
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Sophia V
1 contribution
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
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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KBTB2002
Lake Orion, MI6 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
This is a review by Kennedy who is my 8 year old daughter!

Cranbrook Institute of Science is best for young and old and is really fun! You can learn about history, rocks, dinosaurs, robots, and planets.

You an also learn about water, dig for dino bones, and learn about mammoths!

Best for kids 4 and up!
Written February 26, 2020
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Brian A
30 contributions
Feb 2020
Very out going staff. Take your kids here for an educational and fun afternoon. It's on several floors. The only complaint I have, it's some what hard to find
Written February 3, 2020
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Departure52014843051
1 contribution
Aug 2019
This is a destination for all ages. My grandkids truly enjoy visit after visit. The Dinosaur hands on annex is a great place for the kids to feel truly special and enjoy hands on... the gift shop is fairly priced and well stocked with educational items... and the snack shop serves good coffee
Written October 28, 2019
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Norma W
Columbus, GA1,355 contributions
Sep 2019
My husband and I visited while in the area. Nice museum with lots to see. Enjoyed the dinosaurs and taxidermy. Friendly front-desk employees. Liked what was on the outside as well :)
Written October 4, 2019
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Cynthiacaterer
Seattle, WA5 contributions
Aug 2019
I grew up in this area so I am always excited to come back and see what is happening at Cranbrook. The science museum is full of interesting exhibits and a couple of years ago we visit the Bat Room and learned a lot from the knowledgeable staff and caretaker/scientists. Walk the grounds and visit the Institute of Art. Fabulous exhibits and iconic art throughout the area. If you are lucky and are visiting the area on the correct weekend, check out the Lawrence Institute's 1 time a month tour of a Frank Lloyd Wright, The Affleck House. If you can, and you should, look up the book by a native Michigan writer, Michael Hodges, Building the Modern World- Albert Kahn in Detroit . You will be inspired to visit these iconic buildings that are just 20 minutes or so away. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal had a fun 3 day guide to visiting Detroit.
Written August 30, 2019
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Kelly M
Berkley, MI142 contributions
Aug 2019
I recently went here with my Sister and two nieces (aged 3 and 6) and we had a wonderful time! I had not been here before, so I did not know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised and I am glad we checked this place out. My 6-year-old niece loved the Dino exhibit and doing the scavenger hunt. It really got her engaged. My 3-year-old niece seemed to love The Story of Us with its hologram videos through out the presentation. Both loved looking at the rocks and minerals as well as the little experiment area. It was a lot bigger than I thought and we didn’t have enough time to see everything, so we will definitely be back when they come to visit again! Also ate at the café, which had surprisingly good food!
Written August 9, 2019
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Alfred Brock
Wayne, MI415 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
The Cranbrook Institute of Science is a nice place for a day trip. The grounds are spacious and open. There is a lake nearby and also close to the Insitute of Science is a Art Museum. It’s a great way to spend the day whether with family, friends or a foray by yourself.
The cost of entry is prohibitive. It’s expensive. The cafeteria inside is likewise expensive. It might be forgiven if the offerings, both in the museum and cafeteria were of the quality one would expect for such an outlay.
The difficulty with the exhibits is that a good many of them are scientific in appearance but lack any real grounding in science. I can’t tell if it the way the materials were presented or some disconnect behind the scenes that allows an eclectic collection like this to be presented to the public.
It’s not that is bad material it is just that there seems to be no logical progression through the displays. Many of the displays themselves are ageing or outdated. The stuffed fauna of Michigan is a case in point. There is a poorly mounted cougar and a bear being displayed in an aggressive manner. Bears don’t usually behave like that. If it is meant to instill fear of bears in children then it is a success. If it is trying to communicate the nature of bear then it fails. As for the cougar its face is contorted in an unnatural manner and may have been dropped or just made badly in the first place.
The rock collection is first rate, again, however, the arrangement is difficult to follow.
All in all the Cranbrook Institute of Science looks like an attempt at entertainment through oddities – which presents, by the way, a rather unique collection of pickled frogs which have long lost their coloring. The attempt at entertainment falls short and all in all it is not a very scientific place.
The staff is routinely engaged in their own activities. I have been to this location several times and only once was I engaged by a docent, employee or volunteer.
Written July 18, 2019
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