Cranbrook Art Museum Announces New Artist-Designed Miniature Golf Course

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“Cranbrook on the Green” will open to the public on the grounds outside of Cranbrook Art Museum on May 25, 2022.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 26, 2022 — This summer, Cranbrook Art Museum will invite visitors to experience a new dimension of its historic campus with the launch of “Cranbrook on the Green,” an artist-designed outdoor miniature golf course located on the grounds outside of Cranbrook Art Museum.

The course will be open from 11am to sunset, Wednesday through Sunday of each week, from May 25 through September 25. A special Cranbrook ArtMembers preview weekend will be held on May 21–22, 2022.

A special Media Preview Day will be held on May 20 from 10am-noon.

Each of the nine holes of the course are inspired by a different element of Cranbrook’s historic campus and history, from the campus gardens to unique landmarks and famous art and furniture designs of Academy of Art alumni. A special bonus tenth hole kicks off the course.

“With Cranbrook on the Green, we are inviting audiences to play as they learn and explore our incredible grounds during the summer months,” said Lyla Catellier, Curator of Public Programs at Cranbrook Art Museum. “We hope new visitors will get to know Cranbrook’s National Historic Landmark campus through this unique experience, and that longtime enthusiasts of Cranbrook will be surprised and delighted at each hole.”

Visitors are highly encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance via Cranbrook Art Museum’s website, which will be sold by time slot. Each ticket also includes free admission to the galleries to explore other exhibitions on view at Cranbrook Art Museum. Tickets will be available to ArtMembers beginning today and will open to the general public on National Miniature Golf Day, May 14, 2022.

Check-in for the course will be located on the Peristyle Plaza, near the main doors of Cranbrook Art Museum adjacent to the iconic Orpheus Fountain.

The nine holes (and special bonus hole!) are:

Gateway: Start your play at our bonus hole! Play through Cranbrook’s famous gates and around Cranbrook Schools’ Quadrangle Fountain.

Lightside Up: The Kingswood Auditorium has been turned upside down in this skee-ball-inspired hole.

Bertoia Bronze: Strike a chord with Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient sound sculpture-inspired hole.

Warped Weft: Weave your way across the obstacles on Studio Loja Saarinen’s Rug #2.

Sunken Garden: Get lost in the hedges of the sunken garden…but don’t lose your ball in the flower beds!

At the Wheel: Take a spin at the potter’s wheel. Drop your ball inside the vessel and turn the wheel. Play among the giants of ceramics, such as Maija Grotell.

Slum of Legs: Have a seat! Move Your Feet! Distract your opponents by adding your own legs as obstacles in this hold inspired by Eero Saarinen’s iconic Tulip chair (which was his solution to a traditional table and chairs “slum of legs.”)

Steggy’s Escape: Cranbrook’s favorite dinosaur has made his escape! Camouflaged in Ruth Adler Schnee’s Strata fabric, can you find him?

Triton Poolsball: The Triton Pool has been turned into a giant foosball table! Don’t get caught up dancing with Carl Milles’ sea creatures. You must make it past the Tritons to score!

Peristyle Playthrough: End your play at Cranbrook’s grandest architecture. A portal has opened in the Orpheus Fountain – can you make it through? Or will the Peristyle become your limestone trap?

Cranbrook on the Green: Artist-designed Mini-Golf is presented by The Gilbert Family Foundation.

Cranbrook on the Green individual tees are sponsored by: MillerKnoll, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Beaumont, Gretchen Gonzales & Ethan Davidson, the Citrin Family (Cranbrook Schools ’82 and ’90), the LaGrasso Family, and Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills.

For media inquiries, and to RSVP for the media preview day, please contact:

Julie Fracker

Director of Communications, Cranbrook Art Museum


About Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue, on the 319-acre historic landmark campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The Art Museum opened in 1930 and is one of the earliest institutions in the United States dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. It originates and presents exhibitions and public programs and collects objects in the areas of modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design. For more information, visit

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Media Inquiries:
Julie Fracker
Director of Communications
Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum