Tours of Cranbrook's Campus

Cranbrook’s world-renowned campus is a treasure-trove of history, architecture, craftsmanship, design, and beauty. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the campus is a living collection of masterworks by architects such as Albert Kahn, Eliel Saarinen, Rafael Moneo, and Billie Tsien and Tod Williams. It isn’t just stunning architecture and sweeping vistas you will see at Cranbrook: the attention to design and detail by Cranbrook artisans are present in the intricate brickwork patterns in walkways and buildings, the ironwork of the gates, and the historic and contemporary sculpture that decorates the campus. The grounds of Cranbrook have been walked by some of the most influential people in the worlds of art and design, and the Schools and Academy of Art continue to educate innovative and creative minds.

Private walking tours of the campus with Center staff can be arranged with a two-week notice. Visitors will be treated to an illuminating and revealing experience with a personalized tour of various places on Cranbrook’s campus, listed below. The stories of Cranbrook’s historic campus will be shared, as well as preservation issues associated with keeping a living, working place of history for future generations.

Campus tours, which are available for groups of 6 or more people, require a minimum of two hours. For reservations and price inquiries, please call 248.645.3307. 

What to See

Cranbrook School Campus

Opened in 1927, the campus is the center of academic life for Cranbrook Schools students, and the earliest work designed by Eliel Saarinen at Cranbrook.

Institute of Science

The largest earth sciences and natural history museum in Michigan has grown well beyond its humble beginning to carry on fostering knowledge and curiosity to students and the public.

Art Museum

Since 1942, Cranbrook Art Museum has showcased important works of modern and contemporary art, as well as work from Academy students and faculty. 

Academy of Art Campus

The Eliel Saarinen-designed campus has fostered the careers of many celebrated artists and designers, and continues to inspire future artists today.

Kingswood School

Kingswood’s design and decoration was a Saarinen family project that includes the first furniture designs of Eero Saarinen. Today, it is the jewel of the Cranbrook Schools campus.

Cranbrook House and Gardens

The home of Cranbrook’s founders George and Ellen Booth, Cranbrook House embodies the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Japanese Garden

Inspired by their travels, George and Ellen Booth transformed a humble rock garden on their estate into a serene Japanese-style garden.

Greek Theatre

This open-air theatre built in 1915 is an intimate space surrounded by secluding evergreens, and is still used for performances today. 

Christ Church Cranbrook

This English Gothic-style church is rich in architectural detail, and houses beautiful examples of craftsmanship by celebrated artists. 

Saarinen House

The home of Eliel and Loja Saarinen and their family is a magnificent example of Art Deco design, and an impeccably restored treasure of Cranbrook.

Smith House

Built by two schoolteachers, Melvyn and Sara Smith, and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Smith House is a spectacular example of Wright’s Usonian ideal. 


A newer addition to Cranbrook’s campus, the Natatorium (1999) is a breathtaking marriage of modern design and functionality.

Photo Credits

Banner and header photos by Eric Franchy. Box photos by Eric Franchy, Colton Graub, Jerry Beznos, and James Haefner.