SCHEDULE ALERT: We’ll be closed on Thursday, July 4 to celebrate the holiday with our families and friends. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
50 th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Join Cranbrook astronomers and members of the Warren Astronomical Society to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, FREE with general museum admission .

Learn about the geology of the moon, explore the moon in Virtual Reality, discover details about the Apollo missions, visit the Cranbrook Observatory, and try to observe the moon during the day! Programs in the Acheson Planetarium will also be available for an additional charge. There’s something for everyone in the family. Visit our website for pricing.
Steggy Reveal
Friday, August 2, 2019 | 7:00pm

T hanks to your support during our #SaveSteggy campaign, we’re ready to show off Steggy’s new style! Join us at Steggy’s reveal and see first-hand how your dollars helped improve Steggy’s look and ability to safely stay on campus for years to come. On the same night of the reveal, we invite you to experience the Institute of Science, as well as our Doom of the Dinosaurs: Are We Next? exhibit for FREE starting at 5:00pm.
Don't Forget...
  • Free First Friday: Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, general admission to the Institute of Science is FREE after 5:00pm on July 5, 2019.
  • Take a journey through mass extinctions and walk among casts of dinosaur skeletons in, Doom of the Dinosaurs: Are We Next?, now open through Sept. 1, 2019. Check out our website for ticket prices.
Science Corner
For the first time, signs of the color blue have been found in a fossil. This proves that modern, blue-colored birds, and an ancient bird, both have similar color-creating microstructures. That ancient bird is Eocoracias brachyptera, a tree-dwelling bird that lived over 48 million years ago, and link to their modern relatives, kingfishers and kookaburras. To come to this conclusion, researchers examined 72 feather samples from modern birds of many different colors and 12 samples of organic material carefully collected from the fossilized E. brachyptera, analyzing the shape and size of their pigment-containing cellular structures. Learn more about these blue, ancient birds here .
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Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801