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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceDecember 2014
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Planetarium programs and bat shows will be offered daily December 26 through 30.
Let it Snow, a dazzling display
of holiday music and light graphics will air at 12:30pm on
Saturdays and Sundays, and
The Mystery of the Christmas Star
, an astronomical look the Christmas story, will air at 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Preview planetarium
trailers online

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� 2013 Colton Graub

Happy Holidays!


As we close the year, we'd like to thank our fans, friends, and Members for your support and enthusiasm. Not only do you make what we do possible, you inspire us to try harder.


2014 was an exciting year at the Institute of Science. We expanded our science outreach programs to schools in need, hosted more than 150,000 visitors, installed new exhibits, and hosted the first run of Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment to occur outside of the East Coast. It was a year full of discovery and adventure, and we promise more in 2015.


In January, we'll inaugurate a new event designed for adults who are looking for something different and unusual. CIS After Dark launches a series of three Thursday evening events that will stimulate your mind, dazzle you with science, and delight your senses. Read more about it in this newsletter and plan to join us to consume, converse, and create.


We go inter-stellar in February, when Cranbrook Space Odyssey opens. This astronomical experience will allow visitors to explore Black Holes and immerse themselves in the Hubble mission. A live animal exhibition follows in the fall. Stay tuned!


We hope we will see you during the holiday break when we offer special events during Passport to Adventure as well as daily planetarium and bat programs December 26 through 30. Please note we are closed December 24, 25, and 31, 2014, and on January 1, 2015.


Happy New Year and Go Science!

Cranbrook Institute of Science Offers Visitors a Passport to Adventure December 26-30


The Institute celebrates the approaching New Year by issuing special "passports" to explore the world and beyond December 26-30 from 
1 to 4pm each day. National Geographic's Women of Vision exhibition of photography from around the world provides the inspiration for an array of family friendly, hands-on activities that are free with admission. Start in Iraq and create your own cut-and-fold Babylonian lammasu figure. Then travel to Argentina and assist with the cleaning of an actual meteorite from space, and take home some of the rust as a souvenir! Special lectures and objects on view will examine cultures around the world. Passport to Adventure is free with admission. Explore the itinerary here. 
Consume, Converse, Create During CIS After Dark @ Cranbrook Institute of Science
The Institute debuts its newest event series when CIS After Dark launches in January 2015. CIS After Dark is the Institute's only exclusively adult (21+) event offering after-hours experiences in the museum which explore a different scientific topic one Thursday evening of each month. We start by "Evolving" after dark on January 15 when Dr. Richard Miller of the University of Michigan talks about aging in mammals, and Cranbrook's own scientists examine the evolution of warfare, and the geological changes Earth has undergone over the past 4 billion years though artifacts and specimens. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. February offers a glimpse into the science of love and sex, and in March we'll dive into the culinary delights of Southeast Michigan. Click here to explore After Dark

National Geographic's Women of Vision Exhibition Concludes its Run at the Institute

The first Midwest stop for Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment concludes its run at Cranbrook Institute of Science on December 30, 2014. Showcasing the influential work of 11 award-winning female photojournalists from National Geographic in nearly 100 photographs, Women of Vision explores the stories of our planet including its people, geography, wildlife and cultures in the 125-year tradition of National Geographic. In the last decade, some of the most powerful and important stories published by National Geographic have featured the photographic work of a trailblazing new generation of women. From the savannahs of Botswana and rainforests of New Guinea to the war torn streets of Libya and Afghanistan, and the beaches of the Jersey Shore to the Mongolian steppe, Women of Vision distills the work of these photographers and the powerful stories their photos tell into a compelling look at life on our planet in the 21st Century. Free with admission. To learn more visit us online. 

Scouting Programs Available Through May 2015


Only at Cranbrook Institute of Science can Scouts dig for fossils, soar into outer space, or spend a night at the Museum by sleeping among the exhibits! The Institute's Scouting Programs offer Scouts the chance to work with professional scientists who are active in their fields and the opportunity to interact with a unique, world-class collection of objects and artifacts. Our experts work with your group to teach Scouts about a variety of scientific topics through interactive workshops and hands-on activities. Workshop fees include the cost of general admission. For more information about Scouting at Cranbrook click here.

Register Now for Summer Camp 2015

Cranbrook Institute of Science is now taking reservations for curious campers who want to explore science next summer. Campers ages 5-14 are invited to register now to utilize Cranbrook's 319-acre "outdoor laboratory" and the resources of a museum to discover the wonder of science and create a lifetime of memories and learning experi�ences. Week-long camps begin June 22 and run through August 10. To review camp selections, click here or call 248 645.3210 for a 2015 Explore Science Summer Camp Guide.