August 2018
A Summer Evening with da Vinci - Members-only event
Members are invited to an exclusive evening at the Institute of Science with Renaissance Man and visionary Leonardo da Vinci, Thursday, August 2 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. Explore our new exhibit, Da Vinci Machines and Robotics , presented by PNC Bank, where everyone will be fascinated by da Vinci’s brilliant art and inventions, children will be captivated by hands-on activities, and adults will enjoy a presentation: Leonardo da Vinci and the Mechanics of Nature with local expert Dr. Thomas Willette, History of Art lecturer at the University of Michigan at 7:00pm. Please RSVP at or 248.645.3245. 
Explore in the D - Only a few spots left!
Students will discover more than 300 years of exciting history in Detroit at our Explore in the D camp August 13-16 . Campers come face-to-face with downtown landmarks like “The Spirit of Detroit,” The Guardian Building, and “The Fist.” They’ll pay homage to Detroit’s legendary Motown label by visiting the Motown Museum, travel to the historic 176-year-old army base, Fort Wayne where they’ll tour the collections of the Detroit Historical Society, and so much more. We’ll wrap up the week with Detroit-themed prizes. You won’t want to miss out! Register now on our website.
Da Vinci Machines and Robotics now open
Da Vinci Machines and Robotics , presented by PNC Bank, is now open at the Institute of Science. Touch and operate more than 60 reconstructed models of da Vinci’s machines developed from original da Vinci drawings, and get a first-hand understanding of how they work. Visitors can also see da Vinci’s dynamic inventions, paintings, sculptures, and architecture, and examine reproductions of his art, including world-famous paintings the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Da Vinci is open through Jan. 13, 2019. 
Come see our guest from space at the Institute of Science 
On January 16, 2018 a fireball lit up the night sky over Michigan. If you weren’t able to get your hands on your own meteorite after it fell in southeast Michigan, don’t worry – a piece of it is now at the Institute! Visitors can get a close-up look at the 60-gram meteorite found in Hamburg, Michigan, which will be on display in the main gallery now through the end of September. The Wietecha Family Meteorite was loaned to the Institute by Deborah (Wietecha) Grischke. 
Meet Mary the Triceratops
Come see Mary peeking through a window at exploreLAB while digging for dinosaur fossils. Our new friend is named after Michigan native and paleontologist, Mary R. Dawson, the first American woman awarded for the lifetime achievement in the field of vertebrate paleontology, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Mary the Triceratops was given her name by Deborah Cooper, benefactor and sponsor of the exploreLAB Dino Dig experience.
Free First Friday – August 3
Don’t forget, general admission to the Institute of Science is free after 5pm on August 3, courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation. We’ll see you this Friday! 
SCHEDULE ALERT: Just a reminder we are CLOSED to the public September 3 - 17, 2018. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
Cranbrook Institute of Science |
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801