Choose from Three Options
- $19.99 for admission for two adults and two children or senior citizens (up to a $44 value)
- $11.99 for admission for two adults (up to a $25 value)
- $39.99 for a one-year Friends membership (an $85 value)
Along with its 11 permanent galleries, the museum features two temporary exhibits through Sunday, May 26, including Dive Deep into the Great Lakes and Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss. Dive Deep into the Great Lakes displays items unearthed during exploration of the lakes, from a cannon bearing George II's monogram to artifacts from ships caught in the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. In Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss, visitors can try out the controls of Alvin, the world's only human-occupied deep-diving research vessel, or pilot a remotely operated vehicle over a scale model of the Titanic’s bow. In July, Dinosaurs: The Lost World opens.
A Friends membership grants one year's worth of free museum access to two adults living in the same household as well as two guests per visit and any children and grandchildren aged 18 and younger. Additional benefits include free parking, invitations to members-only events, access to nearly 300 nationwide science museums, and discounted tickets to lectures, planetarium shows, and live bat shows.
Rates fluctuate throughout the week.
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Cranbrook Institute of Science grants visitors an up-close look at a collection of more than 150,000 objects and artifacts that adorn 11 galleries dedicated to natural history and science. Interactive exhibits let visitors feel the fur on a mastodon model, run their fingers along a meteorite, and touch the cast taken from the floor of a now-extinct 500,000-year-old sea. More wonders of the natural world fill the Erb Family Science Garden, where flow pools cascade over three terraces dotted with native plants. To study the world above terra firma, the institute holds nighttime sessions in its research-grade observatory and screens space-related films in its planetarium.
Behind the museum, more than 150 species—from jamaican fruit bats to the malaysian flying fox, the world's largest bat—flap freely through the Bat Zone. During award-winning live shows highlighting how they adapt to living at night, the bats emerge into daylight along with fellow nocturnal critters, two-toed sloths and convenience-store clerks.