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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceAugust 2012
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Science Shop Member Only Event
Observatory Improvements
Unique Equine Experience
Halloween Science 2012
Cranbrook Campus Walking Tours
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Science Shop Member Only Event


Members, visit the Science Shop in-person or online September 20-23 and save 20% every purchase. The shop is Tuesday-Thursday 11am-3pm, Friday 10am - 9pm, Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday Noon to 4pm, or visit here.  



The close of summer is a surprisingly busy time at the Institute of Science. As camp comes to a close and we begin to prepare for school field trips and fall events like Halloween Science, we take a short break for our annual one week closure following Labor Day. This gives us time to take care of special maintenance projects and deep cleaning throughout the museum so we can be well prepared for fall. And this fall is going to be especially exciting at Cranbrook!


On Friday, September 14, the long-awaited observatory upgrades become accessible to the public for the first time. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event as we unveil research-grade facilities to the general public making the astronomy experience at Cranbrook the best in the region. Please plan to join us!  


Soaring to new levels in space in September is followed by a dive to the ocean floor in October when the Institute opens its new traveling exhibition Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss. Get a sneak preview of this exhibition the next time you are at the Institute in the form of a model of the bow section of the Titanic currently on view in the main lobby.


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!

Observatory Improvements Promise a New Era in Astronomy Studies at Cranbrook 

new observatory

Cranbrook's iconic observatory reopens to the public on September 14 after its most significant renovation and upgrade since the telescope was installed in the 1930's. Three new telescopes, architectural changes in the viewing space and compatibility with the planetarium promise an experience unavailable anywhere else 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. Watch for new programming and extended hours later this fall!



Institute Offers Unique Equine Experience for Members Only

Exclusively for Institute Members, the Institute is pleased to offer HorsePlay HP2 - Human Potential Horse-Powered, on Saturday, September 15. This unique and powerful experiential learning in Nature features horses as learning partners and guides. Simple hands-on activities engaging a herd of gentle horses generate experiences that enhance professional/personal growth, building profound learning and sustainable skills for you and your family. Space is limited for this special event! HorsePlay HP2 takes place at Cavallo Farm, 2185 N Harris Road, Ypsilanti, MI from 10am-2:30pm. Jeans and boots/closed toe shoes. Box Lunch included. Tickets are Adult: $200 per adult and $175 per child (minimum age 8 please). RSVP by August 31. Call 248-645-3245 or click here to reserve your spot today. 

Halloween Science 2012 



Blazing pumpkins, cockroach races, medieval-style warfare, and a haunted rollercoaster ride in the planetarium are all part of the Institute's Halloween Science event on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 2-4 or 6-8pm. This popular annual event is the creepiest and just-scary-enough educational experience the Institute offers. Costumes are encouraged! Halloween Science tickets for pre-registered attendees are $13 per child and $2 per adult for Members. Non-Member prices are $16 per child and $5 per adult. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and closes at 5pm Thursday, October 18. Only pre-registered guests are guaranteed a goodie bag. Walk up tickets are an additional $3 each in all categories at the start of the event, but ticket availability day of event is not guaranteed. Call 248 645.3210 or register now

New! Cranbrook Campus Walking Tours 

Have 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 every Sunday through October 28 at 1pm. In keeping with Cranbrook's Arts and 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!.