Sunday, September 28
PNC Bank Family Day!

Bring the family to Cranbrook Art Museum for a day filled with nautical activities. Tour the current exhibitions, see classic boats surrounding the Orpheus Fountain, and make your own screen-printed T-shirt right on the Peristyle. Kids can create and launch their own boat in the Triton Pools! All in addition to tours of our current exhibitions, Collections Wing and Saarinen House.

The day is built around a lecture by Geoffrey Reynolds, Director of the Joint Archives of Holland at Hope College, who will discuss "Plastic Fantastic" - Michigan's connection to the fiberglass boat-building industry.

All activities are free with paid Museum admission. Children under 12 are always free at Cranbrook Art Museum.

11am – 5pm: Museum is open to the public. Classic fiberglass and wooden boats will be on display around Orpheus Fountain. And Sugar Magnolia's food truck will have sweets for sale.

Noon – 4pm: Academy graduate Wes Taylor will be operating a six-arm T-shirt press while you watch. Extra cost for purchase of the shirt.

12:15, 1:15, and 2:15pm: Collections Wing tours of the vault with Art Museum curators.

1-3pm: Family Activity: Kids can make their own boats to launch in the Triton Pools!

1 and 3pm: Tours of Saarinen House.

2:30pm: Boat Regatta– Kids can launch their new boat in the Triton Pools.

3pm: Lecture in deSalle Auditorium: Plastic Fantastic: Holland, Michigan's Boat Building Industry and the Use of Reinforced Fiberglass Plastic presented by Geoffrey Reynolds, Director of the Joint Archives of Holland at Hope College. Special welcome for all families by Christopher Scoates, new Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Gregory Wittkopp, Director of Cranbrook Art Museum. Richard DeVore, President of PNC Bank, will also be on hand to welcome guests.

Sunday, October 19

Noon and 2pm: Meet at Cranbrook Art Museum and be shuttled to the local Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Smith House. Enjoy this rare opportunity to tour the home Wright called “my little gem.” $30. Reservations can be made by contacting Kim Larsen at 248.645.3319.

Saarinen House

Tours of Saarinen House are available at 2pm every Thursday – Saturday and 1pm and 3pm on Sunday, from May through October. Tours are limited to 12 guests. ArtMembers free; $10 Adults; $8 Seniors (65+); and $6 children and full-time students with ID. Includes admission to Cranbrook Art Museum. Please call 248-645-3320 to make a reservation.

Collections Wing

In addition to our special Sunday vault tours, regular tours of Cranbrook’s Collections Wing are held every Friday at 1pm, from June 27 through August 29. Please call 248-645-3320 to make a reservation.



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