On July 20, 2023, Cranbrook Educational Community will launch its first “Free Third Thursday,” a new program sponsored by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

Every third Thursday, from July 2023 through June 2024, visitors can receive free admission to Cranbrook Art Museum from 11am–8pm AND Cranbrook Institute of Science from 5–8pm. Cranbrook Art Museum remains free on all remaining Thursdays of each month. Visitors are requested to register in advance to visit Cranbrook Institute of Science via their website. Walk-ins are welcome, but entrance is not guaranteed due to capacity limits.

Visitors can participate in:

  • Free Curator’s Tour: Book a free curator’s tour of “Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other” at Cranbrook Art Museum from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Space is limited. RSVP required.
  • Free Drop-in Design: Create artmaking projects at Cranbrook Art Museum from 5–8pm
  • Free Planet Walk: At 6:00 and 7:00pm, join Cranbrook Institute of Science on a Planet Walk as they demonstrate the surprising proportional distances between the sun and planets of our solar system. Tours depart from the main entrance at the Institute of Science and end at Cranbrook Art Museum.
  • Free Planisphere Make and Take: Make a handheld map of the stars that will guide you through the night sky at any particular time at Cranbrook Institute of Science.

The following activities are also available for an additional cost:

  • Cranbrook on the Green Artist-Designed Mini-Golf: Located on the grounds outside of Cranbrook Art Museum. The last tickets will be sold at 7:15 p.m.
  • Fika Lounge Bar: Beer and wine available for purchase at Cranbrook Art Museum from 4:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Acheson Planetarium: At Cranbrook Institute of Science, catch the “Cosmic Mashup” show at 6:00 p.m. or the “Live Sky Show” at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk.

Free Third Thursdays is a program sponsored by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.