It’s an airy space with a number of chairs placed in a circle.
As the Cranbrook Acheson Planetarium darkens and the large dome-like ceiling gives way to the night sky, guests experience a unique view of the universe. With a 360 degree experience and a 5.1 surround sound system, visitors are visually launched into space for a very real and up close look.
Get an even closer look at the Cranbrook Observatory, where a large dome facility houses three research-grade telescopes, giving you clear views of the brightest stars and planets.
The Cranbrook Institute of Science, located in Bloomfield Hills, gives you a front row seat and the closest view, without venturing into space yourself.
The Planetarium is open Tuesday-Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Planetarium programs are offered Friday and Saturday evening as well as every Saturday and Sunday. Programs are offered daily in the summer months. Tickets to the planetarium are $5 in addition to museum admission. Click here to see the Planetarium’s program schedule.
The observatory is open Friday and Saturday, from 7:30-10 p.m. and the first Sunday of every month, from 1-4 p.m. (for safe viewing of the sun). All open times are weather permitting.
For more ways to experience astronomy and the night sky in and around Oakland County, take a look at our Interactive Astronomy and Night Sky Map.