Littles love to ask questions (sometimes too many questions), but in science, that’s what it’s all about! So bring them to Cranbrook Institute of Science for a day of exploring and learning about astronomy, geology, physics, anthropology and more!
The bell curve of dinosaur knowledge peaks in childhood and parenthood. Consequently, when you enter Cranbrook Institute of Science and are welcomed by a full-sized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, you know it’s going to be a successful visit. In addition to the show stopping dino, the main floor exhibit has life-like models of birds and animals that quickly captured the attention of my toddler.
The Institute of Science has a balanced combination of things you can look at and things you can touch, making it a fun experience for both kids and parents.
What You Need To Know:
- Cranbrook Institute of Science is on the same campus as the Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook House and Gardens. It’s easy to spend a day at Cranbrook, especially during the warmer months.
- The museum is closed on Mondays.
Start Making Plans
- Ages: All ages! You’re never too young to appreciate science – especially dinosaurs
- Cost: General admission – Adults ($13); Youth ages 2-12 ($9.50) and children 2 and under free. Half off admission Friday and Saturday evening between 5-10pm. Additional costs for exploreLAB, Acheson Planetarium and changing exhibits.
- Parking: Free parking garage
- Time: Plan to be there for at least an hour
Visit Cranbrook Friday after 5pm and get free admission to the museum!
Special Exhibit: February 8 – September 1
Learn about the five mass extinctions that have happened on earth and decide if we’re in the midst of a sixth at Cranbrook’s latest visiting exhibit – Doom of the Dinosaurs.
In addition to educational displays, visitors can experience impressive fossil casts of the last known dinosaurs to roam Earth, including Tyrannosaurus rex and Edmontosaurus. The dinosaur scene includes a dozen dinosaur casts that will leave your littles in awe.
The exhibit is open during museum hours and costs an additional $6-8 to view. Throughout the exhibit’s six month stay, there will also be special events at the museum to enhance visitors understanding of the past and our future.
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..