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Cranbrook Institute of Science

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Discovery Center 1
Children discovering dinosaurs.

The Discovery Center One (DC1) is designed to be a hands-on educational environment where visitors of all ages are in charge of what they learn and experience. We focus on the physical and cognitive needs of children, up to early school years, and their adult companions. Individual visitors are encouraged to use their unique learning abilities and desires to create knowledge. There are no content-based objectives that the visitors must learn when exploring the space. The DC1 allows the visitor to gain insights by exploring real objects and working models. Our goal is to foster the development of science thinking skills- including observing, classifying, hypothesizing and experimenting- and skills related to technological literacy- including setting goals, planning, using tools and working both independently and cooperatively.

The docent's role is to guide visitors through their exploration of the resources. Through interactions with real objects and conversations with docents, visitors develop an understanding of themselves and the world around them based on the experiences they choose. The DC1 also helps adults to practice their own observing, thinking and explaining skills, in order to understand how children learn about science and engineering.

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About Cranbrook Institute of Science


39221 Woodward Ave., PO Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303, US

Mission Statement

Cranbrook Institute of Science is a natural history and science museum that fosters in its audiences a passion for understanding the world around them and a lifelong love of learning. Through its broadly based educational programs, its permanent and changing exhibits and its collections and research, the Institute develops a scientifically literate public able to cope with today's knowledge-based society. Moreover, Cranbrook Institute of Science generates the enthusiasm for learning about the natural world that will produce the scientists of tomorrow.


More than 200,000 visitors flock to Cranbrook Institute of Science each year, making it one of the region's best known museum of natural history.

Founded in 1904 by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth, Cranbrook is an internationally renowned center for art, education and science located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cranbrook Institute of Science is an integral part of that community, having served area schoolchildren and families since its creation in 1930.

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


39221 Woodward Ave.PO Box 801Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303




  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One 4 hour shift a month

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