This summer Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research is offering Cranbrook Virtual Tours. Working directly with our resident curator, Kevin Adkisson, these tours allow you to enjoy the wonders of Cranbrook’s architecture and grounds—from the comfort of your home or business. Contact us to craft your own custom Cranbrook experience for your family, friends, colleagues, or organization. On-site tours are scheduled to resume September 11, 2020.
Cranbrook’s world-renowned campus is a treasure-trove of history, architecture, craftsmanship, design, and beauty. Designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1989, the campus is a living collection of masterworks by architects such as Albert Kahn, Eliel Saarinen, Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, and Rafael Moneo. It is not 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 enhances 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
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.