Cranbrook Institute of Science - Museum & Science Center

39221 Woodward Ave.
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48304, US

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Founded in 1904 by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth, Cranbrook is an internationally renowned center for art, education and science located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cranbrook Institute of Science is an integral part of that community, having served area schoolchildren and families since its creation in 1930.


Cranbrook Institute of Science is a natural history and science museum that fosters in its audiences a passion for understanding the world around them and a lifelong love of learning. Through its broadly based educational programs, its permanent and changing exhibits and its collections and research, the Institute develops a scientifically literate public able to cope with today's knowledge-based society. Moreover, Cranbrook Institute of Science generates the enthusiasm for learning about the natural world that will produce the scientists of tomorrow.

Discovery Center

Cranbrook's Discovery Center offers an exciting learning experience to feed the curiosity of intergenerational learners. Designed to inspire a love of science through adult/child interaction, the Center offers nearly two dozen discovery "module" boxes each containing unique information and activities focused on a specific subject.

Working together, families select the module that piques their interest. Inside are books, activities, games, toys and props that encourage the family to explore the topic more thoroughly together. Subjects include Fossils,Meteorites, Touch, Magnetism, Owls, Native Americans, Minerals, Patterns, Egypt, Snakes and more. Some of the modules contain small pieces. Adult supervision is required.

When finished, each module is returned to its case and, if desired, another topic is explored. Books are available for further study. The intimate environment of the Discovery Center further stimulates the senses by featuring plants, taxidermy, scientific specimens and the chance to play "dress up" using international costumes.

The Discovery Center is free with admission and is located on the lower level of the Museum, down the stairs opposite Reflections Café. The Discovery Center is open Sundays from 12:30 - 3:30pm. Free with admission; tickets are provided at the Main Desk.


There is always something new to see ... to do ... to learn ... to explore ... So join or renew today!

A membership is an affordable way to enjoy science and discovery with your family and friends year-round. With our state-of-the-art exhibitions, engaging programs and unique planetarium shows, you will find yourself planning your next visit!

All Members receive:


  • Admission to all permanent exhibits
  • Parking
  • Subscription to ScienceScope and E-newsletter


  • Invitations to Members' Only events
  • Access to nearly 300 ASTC museums

Discounts on

  • Admission to the Changing Exhibit Hall
  • Gift Membership purchases
  • ScienceShop purchases
  • Reflections Cafe' purchases
  • Planetarium tickets
  • Bat Program tickets
  • Additional guest tickets
  • Camps, lectures, parties and more