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January 2011
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World of Dinosaurs Extended
Cranbrook Looks East
Museum Lectures Series
Maple Breakfast and Festival
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By Popular Demand! World of Dinosaurs Extended

Due to its popularity and attendance, the Institute of Science continues and expands its blockbuster World of Dinosaurs exhibition through summer 2011 with the addition of several new dinosaur skeletons and other new components. Perhaps the most popular exhibit at the museum in the last decade, World of Dinosaurs: The Expedition Continues, includes a new ten foot tall skeleton of the bizarre sickle claw dinosaur Nothronychus, the skull of a 40-foot-long, 9-ton alligator Deinosuchus, a look at the way Triceratops changed over time, new exhibits and cast installations, guest lecturers, an expanded play area and related events. World of Dinosaurs: The Expedition Continues opens to the public on February 11 with a Members' only preview on February 10.

Happy New Year! The Institute celebrates the New Year with the old-actually very old-by extending the World of Dinosaurs exhibition through summer. This very popular exhibit has dazzled all ages and exciting new components will be added. We'll bring visitors new fossils and exhibits, an expanded play area and even more of the dinosaur-related events they have been clamoring for. Watch for details soon.

With the holidays behind us, we know that spring can't be too far off. At Cranbrook, that means one thing-our annual Maple Festival and Breakfast. Within a few weeks, staff will head into the woods around the museum with drills, hammers and buckets to tap the maple trees and collect the sap for the Festival. We start as early as we can because, as many of those of you who have attended the Festival know, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup! Watch for the lidded buckets alongside the road near the museum for a sure sign that spring approaches.

Until the thaw, join us inside for several events including lectures at the Institute and across Campus and the last of the Dino Lab bone excavations the second Saturday in February.

Go Science!
Cranbrook Looks East: The Asian Collections of Cranbrook Institute of Science

Behind The ScenesGo behind the scenes on Thursday, January 20 at 7pm to witness the diversity of Cranbrook's collections from China, Japan, Thailand and more. Institute of Science Educator Cameron Wood and Collections Manager Kevin Kelly will present a lecture and hands-on object review of Cranbrook's rich holdings from Asia. This event includes a demonstration of traditional Japanese swordplay. 


Cranbrook Looks East is part of a six lecture series that immerses the visitor in the objects, history, art, sights, stories and geography of Cranbrook's National Historic Landmark campus. 


Limit 30 attendees total. 


Tickets are $20 for Members and $30 for non-Members. To register, call 248 645.3210 or register online.

Museum Lectures series presents: Cretaceous Snakes and Dinosaurs from India

RajasaurusTravel back more than 65 million years on February 18 at 7:30pm with Dr. Jeffrey A. Wilson of the Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan to discover the snakes and dinosaurs of India. Dr. Wilson will discuss his research on a remarkable 3.5 meter long Cretaceous snake, Sanajeh indicus discovered preserved feeding on a sauropod dinosaur hatchling inside an egg nest. He'll also describe his field studies of dinosaurs in India and how they compare to faunas from Africa and Madagascar. Tickets are $8 for Members and $10 for non-Members and include admission to World of Dinosaurs: The Expedition Continues

More information about Dr. Wilson is available here

Register by calling 248 645.3210 or online here.
The 37th Annual Members Only Maple Breakfast and Festival Continues an Institute Tradition

Colonial MichiganTaste the first sign of spring during the Institute's popular Members' Only Maple Breakfast and Festival. Following a pancake breakfast featuring Michigan Maple Syrup, enjoy tree tapping demonstrations, nature walks, tree identification and sap boiling at the sugar hut along with re-enactors sharing the history of colonial and Native American sugaring processes. Breakfast seatings are available at 9, 10 or 11am. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under 2. Tickets include admission to the museum, breakfast and related activities. Pre-registration ends March 1 and is required for all breakfast seatings. 

To register, please call 248.645.3245 or register online.

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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 museums 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.