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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceJuly 2012
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Free First Fridays
Bat Zone Anniversary Celebration
Cranbrook Campus Walking Tours
Summer Camp
Astronomy Studies at Cranbrook
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Free First Fridays at Cranbrook


Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to the Museum is free after 5pm the first Friday of every month through June 2013. 



The heat is on and the Institute of Science is a great cool down destination!  As summer moves into full swing, the planetarium and Bat Zone offer programming every day until Sunday, September 2.  If you have not yet visited the new Acheson Planetarium, this is the perfect time.  A wide variety of programming offers something for every age and interest.


Summer marks other changes in astronomy studies at Cranbrook as our observatory undergoes the most extensive and significant upgrade since it was built.  Watch for details as we move toward a fall re-opening with expanded hours and new viewing opportunities.


If the summer blues have set in, there is still time to register for Summer Explorer Camp. A few of our camps, including Museum Boot Camp and Beginner Explorer Camp are not fully booked yet. Visit to review camp selection. 


Finally, we're pleased to announce that the MASCO Corporation Foundation has once again underwritten the Institute's Free First Friday program. Special thanks to MASCO for their support

Go Science!

Bat Zone Anniversary Celebration 


The Organization for Bat Conservation marks its ten years at Cranbrook with a twilight celebration in the Bat Zone on Friday, July 13 from 7 to 10pm. This evening of appetizers, drinks, and astounding creatures of the night, is a suitable tribute to a decade of research and education about the benefits of bats. In addition to many nocturnal special guests, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind bat houses. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple. More information at


New! Cranbrook Campus Walking Tours

Cranbrook ToursHave you ever been curious about Cranbrook's Campus and its buildings?  Interested in the history of the community?  The Cranbrook Educational Community is offering a walking tour that highlights some of the wonders of the campus at 1pm every Sunday through October 28. In keeping with Cranbrook's Arts & Crafts origins, the tour touches on both large and small artistic elements including historical plantings, campus-wide landscape planning vistas, and intricate brickwork on building elevations. Select interiors will be explored, including the rarely-open-to-the-public original Cranbrook School for Boys Dining Hall where visitors are immersed in one of Eliel Saarinen's great "total works of art." Tours depart from the front desk of the Cranbrook Art Museum and space is limited to 20 people per tour so prepaid reservations are recommended. Reservations are non-transferable and non- refundable. Please call 248 645.3320 to make your reservation. Tickets are $15.00 for adults; $10.00 for ArtMembers; $13.00 for seniors 65+; and $11.00 for students with ID. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the weather as the tour will take place rain or shine!

Summer Camp at Cranbrook



Summer Explorer Camp at the Institute of Science offers kids 4 through 14 opportunities to go in-depth to study a wide range of scientific topics.  We still have a limited number of openings in Beginner Explorer Camp (for pre K and Kindergarten students), Advanced Explorer (Grades 4-5), Museum boot Camp (Grades 6-8), and Advanced Ecology Explorer (Grades 5-7). Campers utilize Cranbrook's 319-acre "outdoor laboratory," and the resources of the museum to discover science and create lifelong memories. Camps are offered through August 20. 


To review camp selections visit here or call 248 645.3210 for a 2012 Summer Explorer Camp Guide.
Observatory Improvements Promise a New Era in Astronomy Studies at Cranbrook

CIS ObservatoryCranbrook's iconic observatory is closed for the summer as we implement the most significant changes to the facility since the telescope was installed in the 1930's. When completed, three new telescopes, architectural changes in the viewing space, and compatibility with the planetarium will create an experience unparalleled anywhere in the Midwest. The main telescope, a remote controllable 20-inch CDK research grade system, will be partnered with 6-inch Takahashi real-time recording refractor, and a Lunt solar telescope for better viewing capabilities and even live observation of the Sun. In addition, high quality CCD image cameras will enable live time recording and conversion of images into digital photos for use on the planetarium dome. These cameras also will be operable from the planetarium. The observatory will re-open this fall with expanded viewing hours. 


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