Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills Visitor’s Guide

We ventured out to the Cranbrook Institute of Science this past Wednesday with our friends.  I was hoping to get there when they opened, but getting out the door with two little ones is always a challenge.  But then there was the issue of finding the building.  The address is 39221 Woodward Avenue  in Bloomfield Hills.  I looked at a map and saw they are just north of Big Beaver on the west side of the road.  Easy Peasy I thought…  Bwahahahah.  NOT!

After driving around for 10 minutes, (beautiful campus by the way) I finally pulled over and got out my phone to give me directions.  Getting to the Cranbrook Institute of Science is not easy if it is your first time there.  Here is a map that will help once you get on the campus.

Luckily the weather was decent, because it is a little bit of a walk from the parking structure to the building’s main entrance.  Admission at the time of this publication was $12.50 per adult and $9.50 per child.  You can check out the current rates on their website.  The employee was very helpful in answering our questions about membership and reciprocity.


The Cranbrook Institute of Science offers a wide variety of exhibits to capture almost anyone’s interest.  Rosa really enjoyed looking at the birds in the Dinosaur exhibit and the globed in “Our Dynamic Earth.”  I would have loved to spend more time in the “Every Rock Has A Story” exhibit.  We spent over 3 hours at the museum and didn’t get a chance to see everything.

We really enjoyed our visit and I’m glad we went on a weekday so it wasn’t so busy, however we missed out on the Bat Zone.  If the  Cranbrook Institute of Science is within a reasonable driving distance for you and you enjoy science a membership would be a great choice for you.  Currently a membership will grant you admission to all the science centers in the United States that offer reciprocity (including The Michigan  Science Center in Detroit) and 50% off admission at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

You can visit the Cranbrook Institute of Science online or follow them on Facebook.

Disclosure: My daughter and I were admitted free of charge for posting information on behalf of the Cranbrook Institute of Science.    All thoughts and opinions shared are my own. Your experience may differ.

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