Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science and Cranbrook Gardens Reopen to the Public in July

Press Releases

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., July 1, 2020 – Cranbrook Educational Community announced today that its public-facing venues will reopen in July. Cranbrook Gardens will reopen July 1, 2020. Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science will reopen July 15, 2020.

“After careful evaluation, we have decided that it is safe at this time to open our public spaces with some modifications,” said Dominic DiMarco, President of Cranbrook Educational Community. “We encourage visitors to check each organization’s website first before planning a visit. There will be timed ticketing, guest requirements for masks and social distancing and other important information. We are excited to welcome visitors back to campus with new parameters to ensure we are doing all that we can for visitor safety.”

Guests are asked to observe the following procedures while indoors:

  • All guests aged three and older are required to wear a mask while indoors.
  • Masks can be removed from young children if they remain in a carrier or stroller.
  • Children aged two and under are not required to wear a mask, but are encouraged to remain in a stroller or carrier for the duration of their visit.
  • Visitors will be asked to maintain six feet of social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed at visitor entrances and high-contact areas.
  • Acrylic panels will separate staff from visitors at admission desks.
  • In addition to daily cleaning procedures, enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces will take place throughout the day.
  • Each public venue will have capacity limits at any given time, and there may be a wait to enter.
  • Advanced tickets and/or reservations are required for admission to Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science. Visit each venue’s website in advance to register for or purchase tickets.

Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum will open with an Art Member Preview Week, allowing members exclusive first access, from July 15 through July 19, 2020. The museum will then open to the general public on July 22, 2020.

The Art Museum will also introduce a new operating schedule. The new days/hours are:

  • Wednesday: Noon–5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon–8:00 p.m. (FREE all day; advance online registration required)
  • Friday: Noon–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon­–5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon–5:00 p.m.

The Art Museum will open with the new exhibition, Shapeshifters: Transformations in Contemporary Art, which explores the ability of the artist to redefine themselves, transgress their chosen medium, and transcend the world around them in utterly unique ways. Through the lens of artistry, these transformations are examined in a broad range of artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, presented in four galleries, each with a distinct focus. The exhibition will include artists such as McArthur Binion, Susan Goethel Campbell, Nick Cave, Sonya Clark, Liz Cohen, Conrad Egyir, Beverly Fishman, Matthew Angelo Harrison, José Joya, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Allie McGhee, Marilyn Minter, Robert Rauschenberg, Ato Ribeiro, Julian Stanczak, Frank Stella, Maya Stovall, Toshiko Takaezu and Andy Warhol, among others.

Before you arrive, visit the Plan Your Visit page on the Art Museum website to reserve or purchase a ticket and for specific policies and procedures.

Cranbrook Institute of Science

The Institute of Science will reopen to members only July 15–19, 2020, and will reopen to the public beginning Tuesday, July 21, 2020. All guests will receive free general admission July 21–26, 2020. Visitors to the Institute will be required to pre-register online in advance of their visit, and beginning Tuesday, July 28, 2020, will purchase general admission tickets upon arrival. Maximum capacity at any given time will be limited to 100 guests. The Institute will be open Tuesday – Sunday, with the following hours:

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.; and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

The Acheson Planetarium will be closed upon the initial reopening phase and will reopen when it is deemed safe with social distancing guidelines in place. Please keep an eye on the Institute’s website and social channels for updates on the reopening of the planetarium, and other experiences, including exploreLAB, observatory, Discovery Center, Erb Science Family Garden and Reflections Cafe.

For more information on the Institute’s reopening plans, experiences that will be available to guests, procedures and guidelines, and to pre-register, please visit

Cranbrook House & Gardens

Cranbrook Gardens will open for the season on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The 40-acre gardens will be open to the public daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (including weekends and holidays). Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds for free this year, courtesy of sponsors PNC Bank, All Seasons Independent Living, fleurdetroit and Roberts Restaurant Group. Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing and other preventative guidelines recommended by the CDC.

The popular Yoga in the Gardens series will return on Saturdays this summer, beginning July 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Instruction will be led by Citizen Yoga. Class sizes will be limited to ensure at least six feet of distance between each participant and registration will be required in advance.

Cranbrook House and the Conservatory Greenhouse remain closed at this time.

Please visit for more information on visiting Cranbrook Gardens and to register for an upcoming yoga class.

Historic Houses + Live Virtual Campus Tours

Tours of Cranbrook House, Saarinen House, and Frank Lloyd Wright Smith House are postponed until sometime after Labor Day Weekend. In the meantime, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research offers live, private tours available virtually. To learn more about these experiences, please visit

Download the Cranbrook App for Tours, Maps, and More

Complimentary self-guided virtual tours of Cranbrook’s gardens, sculptures, and other points of interest, as well as campus maps, and more are offered on the Cranbrook app. The app is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play.

Cranbrook Educational Community

One of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art, Cranbrook was founded in 1904 by George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth. Today, Cranbrook Educational Community is comprised of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Cranbrook House & Gardens, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and Cranbrook Schools (pre-k through 12 independent college preparatory schools). Its National Historic Landmark campus is graced by architecturally significant buildings, outdoor sculpture, and natural and tended landscapes. The Cranbrook community receives more than 300,000 people annually, engaging learners of all ages and interests in educational programs and experiences.

To learn more about Cranbrook, please visit

Media Contacts:

Cranbrook Art Museum

Julie Fracker


Cranbrook Institute of Science

Shannon Cuff


Cranbrook Gardens

Eric Franchy


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Julie Fracker
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Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum