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Cranbrook Institute of Science, part of Cranbrook Educational Community, is at 39221 Woodward Ave. (SR 1). This museum of science and natural history boasts one of the country’s largest mineral collections. Interactive and hands-on exhibits demonstrate such physical principles as the laws of gravity, motion, and plate tectonics and the creation of minerals and the Earth’s crust. Entertainment light shows and a planetarium also are offered.

Earth's dynamic aspect is featured in several exhibits, one of which includes a skeleton cast of a full-size Tyrannosaurus rex. Another exhibit focuses on extinction and showcases animals that were extinct by the end of the last ice age. Climate changes and ice ages also are explored. The Bat Zone is home to bats, owls and a sloth. This exhibit highlights the characteristics of nocturnal animals.

Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.

$13; $9.50 (ages 2-12 and 65+). Admission Fri.-Sat. 5-10 p.m. $6.50; $5.50 (ages 2-12 and 65+); free (5-10 p.m., first Fri. of the month). Planetarium shows additional $5; $1 (ages 0-1). Some planetarium shows do not permit ages 0-4; phone for details. Bat Zone tours additional $5; $1 (ages 0-1).
Mon.-Sat. 10-5 (also Fri.-Sat. 5-10), Sun. noon-4, Memorial Day-Labor Day; Tues.-Sat. 10-5 (also Fri.-Sat. 5-10), Sun. noon-4, rest of year. Light and astronomy shows Fri. on the hour 7-9 p.m., Sat. on the hour 10:30-3:30 and on the hour 7-9 p.m., Sun. on the hour 12:30-3:30. Observatory Fri.-Sat. 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m., first Sun. of the month 1-4, during daylight saving time; Fri.-Sat. 7:30-10, first Sun. of the month 1-4, rest of year. Bat Zone tour Mon.-Sat. at 12:30 and 2:30, Sun. at 1:30 and 2:30, late June through Labor Day; Sat. at 12:30 and 2:30, Sun. at 1:30 and 2:30, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day-Sept. 9, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and Dec. 31.
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