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Discover the Birds in Your Backyard
Halloween Science
Lecture Series
Observatory Upgrades
Mission to the Abyss
Greater Detroit Mineral Show
First Fridays are FREE
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Discover the Birds in Your Backyard

Children ages 5-8

October 21 * 3-3:30pm


LuAnn Linker from Wild Birds Unlimited will discuss bird identification and offer tips on feeding birds in fall and winter.  Then guests will play a bird identification game! This lecture is a Discovery Center program.  The lecture and Discovery Center are free with admission.  Preregistration is strongly suggested!  All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  Register here 




October is often one of the busiest months in the year at Cranbrook Institute of Science. Exhibits change, our lecture season starts and we host of our most popular annual events; Halloween Science. 


October 18 marks the opening of a new travelling exhibition; EXTREME DEEP: Mission to the Abyss. This interactive experience offers visitors the opportunity to explore what is probably the true last frontier; the ocean floor.  While piloting a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) over a model of the Titanic's deck to try to identify as many objects as possible, or manipulating a robotic arm to pick up lava rocks and clams from the sea floor, EXTREME DEEP reveals the hidden wonders of the ocean's depths and what they have to tell us about life on our planet.


In the opposite direction, Cranbrook's newly renovated observatory offers visitors access to outer space via the only publicly accessible research-grade telescope in the Midwest.  Three new telescopes installed during a four month closure and renovations this past summer, now make real-time solar viewing and interactivity live with the planetarium possible. Watch for new expanded hours on Saturdays starting in November for more viewing opportunities!


An especially exciting lecture series in partnership with the Nature Conservancy starts October 25. Six Nature Conservancy Scientists will look at the Great Lakes and the issues affecting them.  A series ticket offers discounted admission to every lecture!


Lastly, don't forget to order your tickets to Halloween Science on October 20. This event continues to grow in popularity and is the surest sign of fall at Cranbrook! 


We look forward to seeing you at the Institute soon.


Go Science! 

Trick or Treat! It's Halloween Science at Cran"BOO"k!  

Halloween Science The Institute's most popular, and spookiest, educational experience of the season returns with Halloween Science on October 20 at 2-4pm and 6-8pm. No tricks, just lots of treats and science. Adults and kids should don their costumes and prepare for an experience that includes blazing pumpkins, cockroach races, medieval-style warfare, and a haunted rollercoaster ride in the planetarium. Dr. Kelp returns with his latest research, and Institute Scientists will oversee science demo stations such as liquid nitro and dry ice; offer Make and Take activities; challenge junior ghouls with a scavenger hunt and much more! Throughout each event, visitors can see the Bat Zone's vampire bats or explore the wonders of the ocean floor in EXTREME DEEP: Mission to the Abyss. Outside, the Institute's three-ton trebuchet, a modern version of a medieval siege weapon, will hurl objects into the air. 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. Due to the popularity of this event pre-registration is strongly encouraged and closes at 5pm on Thursday, October 18. Only pre-registered guests are guaranteed a goody 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 online at The Institute of Science will be closed to the public on October 20 until the start of Halloween Science at 2pm.

Lecture Series Explores "What's So Great about the Great Lakes"


The Freshwater Forum at Cranbrook Institute of Science and The Nature Conservancy partner to host six Thursday night lectures starting October 25.  Each lecture will feature Nature Conservancy scientists who will cast new light on topics that affect everyone who lives in the Great Lakes' unique ecosystem. Topics include rising temperatures, land protection, and challenges for migratory birds. Each lecture begins with an opportunity to meet the scientist and a Cash Bar at 6:30, followed by a 7:30pm lecture. Tickets for each lecture are $10 for Nature Conservancy and Cranbrook Institute of Science Members, and $12 for non-members. A series ticket is available at $40 for Members and $50 for non-Members. To register, visit the Admission Desk at the Institute of Science or register here.  Seating is limited, early registration is encouraged. This series is sponsored by Northern Trust. 


Observatory Upgrades Mark a New Era in Celestial Studies the Institute 


Cranbrook Observatory Telescope Cranbrook takes visitors to a new level in astronomy studies in its newly renovated observatory offering the finest research grade telescope available to the general public in the Midwest. Three new telescopes, architectural upgrades in the viewing space, a new dome, and direct compatibility with the planetarium create an entirely new experience at Cranbrook. The main telescope, a remote controllable 20-inch CDK system, partners with a 6-inch Takahashi refractor, and a Lunt solar telescope for superior viewing capabilities. The solar telescope offers real-time viewing of the Sun. In addition, high quality CCD image cameras will enable direct recording and conversion of images into digital photos for use on the planetarium dome. The observatory is open every Friday from 8:30 - 10pm. It is also open the first Sunday of the month from 1 - 4pm for safe viewing of the sun. Starting Saturday, November 17, the Institute will implement extended open hours each Saturday until 10pm. This will allow for even more viewing time at the Institute's newly re-opened observatory.


Discover the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor in EXTREME DEEP: Mission to the Abyss


extreme deep

Cranbrook Institute of Science take visitors to the ocean floor in its latest temporary exhibition EXTREME DEEP: Mission to the Abyss. EXTREME DEEP offers opportunities for hands-on exploration of the bottom of the sea. Newly discovered life forms, thermal vents, close-up views of deep-sea research submersibles, and shipwrecks, including the Titanic, are among the attractions in this deep-dive adventure.  Visitors will interact with the type of technology that has allowed travel to the ocean floor, learn about the work of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and experience the adventure of maritime exploration and discovery. Biology, chemistry, geology, history, exploration, and the critical role that deep water research technology plays  

In better understanding our world and its future, are highlighted.


EXTREME DEEP is free with admission and runs through May 26, 2013. Extreme Deep is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. 

Cranbrook and Detroit Rock at the 68th Annual Greater Detroit Mineral Show


Cranbrook goes on the road during the 2012 Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show at Macomb Community College, South Campus Expo Center Building P, October 12-14.  Hosted by the Michigan Mineralogical Society, the show is the largest of its kind in the Midwest. More than sixty dealers, museum and university collections exhibitions, lectures, and more, make this a perfect fall weekend outing. The Macomb Macomb Community College, South Campus Expo Center is located in Warren on Hayes Road between 11 and 12 Mile. Tickets are $3-$12. Every ticket purchase includes a free pass to visit Cranbrook Institute of Science.  More information at 


MASCO Corporation Foundation First Fridays are FREE!


Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science is FREE after 5pm the first Friday of every month through June 2013.