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September 2010
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New Hours & Website
World of Dinosaurs
The DIA Comes to CIS
Halloween Science
Cub Scouts Investigate
Mineralogical Society
New Hours & Website
Planetarium LogoCranbrook Institute of Science will be closed starting Labor Day and will reopen to the public on Tuesday, September 14.  This reopening after the museum's annual early fall closure marks the beginning of new hours of operation. On Mondays, from Labor Day through Memorial Day (except for holiday weeks), the museum will be open only to schools and groups booking special programs.  Additionally, new Sunday hours of Noon until 4 p.m. go into effect starting Sunday, September 19. Regular public hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Fridays will not change.

Later in the month, the Institute will implement another new change with the relaunch of its website. This redesign, more than a year in the making, will offer easier registration processes when booking programs, an improved Calendar of Events and direct links to Facebook, Youtube, Flickr and Twitter.  In addition, online shopping in the Science Shop will be offered for the first time.

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World of Dinosaurs
WODTravel back 250 million years to the Mesozoic Era and wander among one of Michigan's largest-ever exhibitions of dinosaur fossils and fossil-casts in World of Dinosaurs; Land, Sea and Air.
Encompassing almost 6,000 square feet with more than 60 full-scale dinosaur mounts representing 40 species; World of Dinosaurs brings visitors within inches of the remarkable dinosaurs, reptiles and birds of the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods, commonly referred to as the "Golden Age of Dinosaurs."

On land, the terrifying 40-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex "Stan," one of the largest T. rex ever discovered, rules the landscape.  Under the sea, giant reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs give a glimpse of life in the deep sea.  Overhead, the flying reptiles including a flock of Tapejera Pterosaurs hover as if searching for their next meal.  Throughout World of Dinosaurs, graphics provide information and renditions of what many of the specimens may have looked like in life and possible reasons for their demise. 

World of Dinosaurs: Land Sea and Air runs through January 2, 2011 and is free with admission.

No matter how old you are September means "back-to-school." Educators here at the Institute of Science are often asked, or it's assumed, "You have the summer off, right?" The answer is most definitely no. While there is a short break between school groups on field trips in the spring, and dozens of campers in the summer, learning, science and exploration never stop at Cranbrook. In reality, if there is a quiet time here, it is September. With families getting back into school obligations and students busy in the classroom preparing for State tests, we take a week or so (depending on when Labor Day falls) to close and prepare for the new school year. There's lots of general housekeeping, preparation for school group programs and a few lucky staff members even take some time off. It's also a time when we make operational changes.

You'll see two notable changes this fall. One will affect your museum visits and the other will affect your virtual visits. We'll close as usual starting Labor day but instead of opening the next Monday, we'll re-open to the public on the following Tuesday, September 14.  From then until Memorial Day, the museum will be open only to groups on Mondays. We'll also launch a redesigned website this month. The new website will be friendlier and easier to use.

We haven't forgotten our Members in the fall planning!  Watch for the upcoming issue of ScienceScope and future editions of this newsletter for details related to a full series of events and lectures over the next few months. 
Go Science!
The DIA Comes to CIS
Planetarium LogoVisitors to the Institute of Science this fall will find something slightly surprising on their way into the museum--a great work of art on the lawn. As part of the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook is joining an exhibition that will bring reproductions of famous works of art from the DIA's permanent collection to the main streets of Metro Detroit. Cranbrook will participate with the installation of a reproduction of Canaletto's The Piazza San Marco. For a complete listing of the cities and organizations involved in the project, including a location map, visit

Halloween Science
Dino Prep LabMonster myths, cockroach races, medieval-style warfare, and ScreamPark360, a haunted roller coaster in space, are all part of the Institute's 2010 Halloween Science event on Saturday, October 23. The creepiest educational experience the Institute offers, this year's event features science demo stations, Make and Take activities, a special virtual roller coaster ride in the planetarium, trick or treating and much more! Outside, the Institute's three-ton trebuchet, a modern version of a medieval siege weapon, will hurl pumpkins and medicine balls into the air!

For better flexibility in planning their Halloween Science evening, visitors select from one of two sessions of two hours each from either 3-5 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Tickets for preregistered attendees are $10 per child and $2 per adult for Members, and $13 per child and $5 per adult for non Members.  A limited number of walk up spaces will be available at $13 per child and $5 per adult for Members, and $16 per child and $8 per adult for non Members. 

To register, call 248 645.3210. Preregistration closes at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 21.

Cub Scouts Investigate Science at the Institute
Join the Great Lakes Council Boy Scouts of America for a day of scouting fun during Cub Scouts Investigating Science at Cranbrook on Saturday, October 2. Two sessions from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. give Cub Scouts the opportunity to explore the world of science by testing  DNA, taking part in a simulated archaeological dig,  building roller coasters, riding a  hovercraft, experiencing the life of an 18th Century fur trader, testing water and more! Hands-on activities will reveal the wonders of science and the excitement of the scouting experience. Plus, Scouts will have the museum to themselves during this Scouts Only Day.  Cost is $7 per person (youth and adults). Each three hour session is limited to 1,000 people total so register early!  Registration closes September 30.  To register online click here.
Visit the Institute at the Michigan Mineralogical Society's Annual Show
BambiraptorDetroit Rocks to a different kind of Rock Show when the Michigan Mineralogical Society presents its Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show October 8, 9 and 10 at the Macomb Community College South Campus Expo Center.  Cranbrook Institute of Science is a sponsor this year and the Institute will display mounted dinosaur skeletons and several mineral cases, highlighted by a special diamond display in honor of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Michigan Mineralogical Society.  Hours are Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Adults $8, Seniors (62 up) $5, Children (5 - 17) $4, Scouts in uniform $3, and a three day pass is $12.  Everyone who buys a ticket will receive a free pass to the Institute of Science. Macomb Community College South Campus is located at 14500 E. 12 Mile Road (at Hayes).  More information at
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More than 200,000 visitors flock to Cranbrook Institute of Science each year, making it one of the region's best known museum of natural history.

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.