January 2018
Visitors to Cranbrook Institute of Science on Monday, January 15 (MLK Day) will enjoy free general admission! 
The Roman Empire takes over the Institute
Travel through time to the height of the Roman Empire as Julius Caesar, mighty Centurions, and fearsome Gladiators come to life in Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars . This interactive exhibit of larger-than-life machines, spectacular art, real artifacts, and life-altering technology opens to the public at Cranbrook Institute of Science February 3, 2018.

A members-only preview of Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars will take you back two thousand years to a time of indomitable heroes and powerful emperors. This grand evening features a sneak peak of the exhibit, and real-life Gladiator demonstrations and combat reenacted by live actors on stage, Thursday, February 1, from 5:30 - 8:00pm.  

Reservations are not required. Seating for the demonstration is on a first come, first serve basis. 
Last chance!
There are only a few days left to experience Chocolate: The Exhibition, presented by Flagstar Bank. Chocolate is leaving the Institute January 7, 2018, but there is still time to engage your senses in this sweet treat, explore the science behind the taste, and enjoy reduced ticket pricing now through the end of the exhibit. Tickets will be $5 for adult non-members, $4 for adult members, $5 for all individuals 65+ and children ages 2 – 12, and enhanced members and children under 2 are free!

As the exhibit is winding down we want to thank our presenting sponsor Flagstar Bank, and media sponsor WDET for their support of Chocolate.

Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago and were supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation
Amor: Leisure, Pleasure and Alcohol in Ancient Rome 
Books, beers, and barbaric history… what’s not to love? Guest lecturer Dr. Max Nelson, associate professor of language & culture at the University of Windsor, will be at the Institute Tuesday, February 13 from 7 – 9pm, exploring the fascinating history of making (and drinking) alcohol in the ancient world. Guests 21 years of age and older are invited to indulge themselves in this fascinating session and learn the history of food, drink, sex, and the games.

There will be a cash bar for beer and wine purchases. Guests can tour Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars, and visit the Science Shop to purchase a token of love and make a souvenir beverage coaster. Copies of Nelson’s book, The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe will be available for purchase and signing.

Pre-registered tickets are $10 until 5pm, February 12, available here, and $15 at the door. This event is for adults 21 years of age and older; all attendees will be required to show their Government-issued ID upon check-in.
Young Scientists
Do you want to ride a hovercraft and watch air move objects? If the answer is yes, then join us for the physics session of our Young Scientists series. Come play with physics and make things move, construct cars and boats, build on your knowledge of forces, and watch a small (and safe) explosion. Register by January 8 for this four-week session, taking place on January 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Preschool or 4s and 5s | 10:00 – 10:45am or 1:30 – 2:15pm

Kindergarten – 2 nd grade | 4:15 – 5:00pm

$50/session for 1 member child/adult pair

$75/session for 1 non-member child/adult pair

For more information please visit our website.
Registration now open for 2018 summer camps
It may be chilly outside, but it is not too early to start thinking about summer activities for your child! Summer camps at the Institute give inquisitive campers from kindergarten through eighth grade the opportunity to dive deeper into science in a unique and safe environment. Join us for one week, or attend every week, since they do not repeat, to explore the treasures of Cranbrook Institute of Science and Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus.

This year’s camps include Explore Science!, Engineering and Innovation Camp (new for 2018), Explore in the D!, and Explore After Dark! For more information, to register, and for prices and dates, please visit our website.
MASCO free first Friday at the Institute!
Courtesy of the MASCO Foundation, Cranbrook Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of the month. Join us this month on January 5, for the FIRST free Friday of 2018! The Café and Observatory are open. Planetarium programs and admission to the Changing Exhibit Hall are offered at an  additional charge .
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