Collections Wing Tours
1pm every Friday
Our Collections Wing tours are back! Come see the 6,000+ items in Cranbrook’s extensive collection during our Collections Wing tour. See work by Eames, Knoll, Saarinen and many others in our state-of-the-art storage facility. Tours will be offered every Friday at 1pm, are limited to 15 people and depart from the front desk of the Art Museum. Admission to the tour is $2 in addition to Museum admission. There is no charge for ArtMembers. Call 248-645-3320 for reservations.
Private Collections Wing Tours of can be arranged with at least three weeks advance notice. Private Tour Fees: $10 ArtMembers; $15 Adults and Seniors; and $10 full-time students with ID and children. There is a minimum Private Tour group fee of $100. To inquire about the availability of a Private Tour, please call 248-645-3319.
Special Sunday Tours
Sunday, July 13; Sunday, July 20; Sunday, July 27; and Sunday, August 17 at 3pm
In the Vault: Cranbrook at Mid-Century
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s vaults – and get up close and personal with exemplary pieces of mid-century art and design. Please call 248-645-3320 to make a reservation.
Self-Guided Outdoor Sculpture Tours
Available During Museum Hours
Ever wonder who designed the large red sculpture on the Museum grounds? Or what inspired the signature Orpheus Fountain? Take a self-guided outdoor sculpture tour, highlighting 12 historic and contemporary favorites. Maps are free with regular Museum admission and are available at the Front Desk.
Delve a little deeper and try our self-guided outdoor sculpture treasure hunt, designed for adults and children to find up to 18 sculptures on the grounds. Discover fun facts about the artists and investigate related works. Sign-out a set of “outdoor sculpture cards” at the Museum Front Desk and begin your exploration. Cards require a $20 deposit, which is fully refunded when the cards are returned to the Museum Front Desk.
The Cranbrook Vision: Architecture, Landscape and Sculpture Campus Walking Tour
Private tours of our campus can be arranged with advance notice. Please contact Kim Larsen at 248-645-3319 to make reservations.
In keeping with Cranbrook’s Arts & Crafts origins, the tour touches on artistic elements including historical plantings, stunning vistas, and intricate brickwork on building elevations. Preservation issues are also addressed. Select interiors will be explored, most notably the original Cranbrook School for Boys Dining Hall where visitors are immersed in one of Eliel Saarinen’s great “total works of art.”
Public Tours May - October
Thursday through Saturday: 2pm
Sunday: 1pm & 3pm
Tours are limited to 12 guests. For more information, please visit here.
Smith House Tours
Select dates offered during the summer and fall seasons. Check back for the 2015 tour schedule.
School teachers Sara Stein and Melvyn Maxwell Smith, undeterred by their modest salaries and guided by a shared love of architecture, met Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin in 1946 and commissioned a custom home. The Smith House in Bloomfield Hills is an excellent example of Wright’s Usonian ideal which aimed to build quality houses for the American middle class. The lovingly restored home, which Wright called “My Little Gem” during a 1951 visit, features an L-shaped floor plan and horizontal, cantilevered roof planes. This tour offers a unique view of this special home, its landscape and the story of a couple whose vision and determination allowed them to achieve their dream.
Click here for the Detroit Home Magazine feature on Smith House.