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.

This November, join us for Free Third Thursday! Explore and experience art and design through hands-on, minds-on activities.


At Cranbrook Art Museum at 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm:

Collections Wing Tour: Photography in Focus 

On the occasion of Carl Toth: Reordering Fictions –the first museum retrospective to reassess Toth’s legacy in photography, join us for a special one-time tour of the Collection’s Wing with a focus on our photography holdings, including a selection of recent acquisitions to Cranbrook Art Museum’s permanent collection and historic photographs held in the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Archive. This is a self-guided tour, with Museum and Archive staff and curators on hand to discuss selected artworks.  

Free and open to the public, but space is limited. Advanced registration is encouraged, please see the below links to RSVP for a 1-hour time slot. The ability to stand and/or walk for one hour is required for this event.

5pm Photography in Focus Tour

6pm Photography in Focus Tour

7pm Photography in Focus Tour 


At Cranbrook Institute of Science 5 to 8pm:

In November’s Free Third Thursday, CIS will celebrate the brilliant and versatile mind of Galileo. Widely viewed as the father of modern physics and modern astronomy, Galileo was also a trained and talented artist.  

Free interactive table activities:

Balancing Birds – Explore the concepts of balance and mass through hands-on activities, then make an unexpectedly balanced bird to take home.

Paper Spinners – Echo Galileo’s experimental focus by creating simple paper spinners and then adapting them to meet engineering challenges.


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