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Cranbrook Institute of Science’s New Exhibit: Galileo: Scientist, Astronomer, Visionary

The Cranbrook Institute of Science introduced their newest changing exhibit this month: Galileo: Scientist, Astronomer, Visionary. The hands on interactive exhibition dives into the secrets of Galileo’s groundbreaking discoveries. Guests can experiment and explore the many activities that focus on Physics, Geometry, Mathematics, Astronomy as well as Natural Sciences. The exhibit will be on display until June 2, 2024.

Cranbrook Institute of Science’s New Exhibit: Galileo: Scientist, Astronomer, Visionary

Five Different Themes to Explore at Galileo: Scientist, Astronomer, Visionary

The Galileo exhibition is on loan from the Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci – Florence and features five major themes.

Theme 1 – Astronomy

Did you know that Galileo was the first person to look at the moon through a telescope? While he didn’t invent the telescope, he was the first to use it to observe celestial objects and record his discoveries. Galileo’s observations provided further support for Copernicus’ heliocentric theory (that the planets rotate around our sun), which gradually replaced the Medieval view of a geocentric universe (where the Earth is the center of the universe).

Theme 2 – Simple Machines

Guests of all ages will love to experiment in this interactive section that explores simple machines. Visitors can try out levers, scales, gears as well as pulleys in this hands-on space that demonstrate how these devices make work easier.

Theme 3 – Gravity, Motion and Time

One of the most memorable legends I can remember that relates to gravity is the story of how Galileo dropped weights off of the Leaning Tower of Pisa to demonstrate that objects with different masses will fall at the same rate. It is documented that he used inclined planes as well as pendulums to study the motion of objects under gravity.

Visitors can test the laws of motion through a variety of hands on exhibits.

Theme 4 – Military and Ballistics

In a time where cannons, gunpowder and explosives had just been developed, Galileo decided he wanted to devise a way to calculate the trajectory for artillery and mortar. During your visit you can try out the physics behind the flight pattern of a flying object.

Theme 5 – The Birth of Experimental Science

Galileo was the pioneer of the experimental scientific method. He took meticulous notes and repeated experiments over an over to observe an refine his theories. While he is often referred to as the “father of modern astronomy” and the “father of modern physics”, Einstein call him the “father of modern science.”

Our experience at Galileo: Scientist, Astronomer, Visionary

The Cranbrook Institute of Science’s New Exhibit: Galileo: Scientist, Astronomer, Visionary is one of the most informative and interactive exhibits they have thus far. My family spent 3 hours exploring the different discoveries of Galileo Galilei from the different pendulums available to test the laws of motion, the different pulley systems to determine which one will make work the easiest, the simple machines and gears, the different puzzles available that will challenge your child’s thinking, the giant kaleidoscope that demonstrates refractive technology which was fun for photographing the kids, testing law of gravity from inclined planes and arches that fascinated my daughter the most to the Gravity Well that sparked my son’s understanding and curiosity about gravity, firing cannon and learning about projectiles, trajectory and so much more! I highly recommend checking this awesome interactive exhibit for all ages and get to know Galileo Galilei and his discoveries more.
Bernadette Manaay – Metro Detroit Mommy Photographer

Galileo at Cranbrook

Visitors gain insights into how Galileo’s fearless and pioneering work in Science, Physics, and Astronomy four centuries ago has shaped our modern world. The Galileo exhibition provides exciting opportunities for STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) particularly in the fields of:

  • Physics
  • Geometry, Mathematics
  • Astronomy
  • Natural Sciences

Admission to the Exhibit Hall

These fees are in addition to museum admission when applicable:
Adults: $8
CIS Standard Members: $6
Seniors 65+ and Children ages 2 through 12: $5
CIS Enhanced Members as well as children under 2: FREE

Cranbrook Institute of Science Hours and Location

Hours of Operation

Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am until 10:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am until  5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Cranbrook Institute of Science Location

39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801

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