Saarinen house

Saarinen House is Eliel Saarinen’s Art Deco masterwork and the jewel of Cranbrook's architectural treasures. Designed in the late 1920s and located at the heart of Cranbrook Academy of Art, from 1930 through 1950 Saarinen House served as the home and studio of the Finnish-American designer Eliel Saarinen—Cranbrook’s first resident architect and the Art Academy’s first president and the head of the Architecture Department—and Loja Saarinen—the Academy’s first head of the Weaving Department. The extraordinary interior, now impeccably restored, features Saarinen’s original furnishings, including Eliel’s delicately veneered furniture and Loja’s sumptuous textiles, as well as early furniture designs by their son, Eero Saarinen.

The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, in partnership with Cranbrook Art Museum, is responsible for stewarding the collections of Saarinen House and opening its doors to visitors from around the world.

The annual tour season begins May 1 and ends Thanksgiving weekend, with public tours Fridays and Saturdays at 2:00pm, and Sundays at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Private tours and group tours are available May to November per staff availability; please call the Center at 248.645.3307 for more information. 

Saarinen House

Cranbrook and the Center for Collections and Research are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. At the moment, we are selling advance tickets only for the public tours scheduled for June 14 through Thanksgiving weekend. If we need to postpone the tour season even longer, ticket holders will be offered the opportunity to exchange their tickets for a later tour, or request a refund. 

As tours frequently sell out, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase Saarinen House tickets in advance through the Center for Collections and Research website or by calling the Center at 248.645.3307. Advance ticket sales for each weekend close Friday at noon. After Friday at noon, tickets may be purchased at the front desk of the Art Museum—based on availability. To inquire about tour availability after the advance ticket deadline, please call the Art Museum front desk at 248.645.3320 (11:00am to 5:00pm).

The tours are approximately 75 minutes in length and include stairs and two ten-minute walks on Cranbrook’s campus. Tours take place rain or shine. To protect the carpeting and flooring in Saarinen House, you will be asked to remove your shoes and wear slippers, which will be provided.

For the safety and comfort of all visitors, children younger than eight years old, including infants and toddlers, are discouraged from joining the tour. Due to the historical status and intimate nature of the house, many rooms and passageways are very narrow, and therefore the house is not wheelchair-accessible.

Only small wallets and handheld cameras are permitted on the tours. Please leave all backpacks, purses, camera bags, camera equipment, and other cumbersome items in vehicles. This policy was created for the security and protection of Saarinen House and its collection of fine and decorative art.

All tours are walking tours and guests must be able to walk and stand throughout most of the tour. There are no places to sit down in the house itself. There are no public restroom facilities in the house; please use the facilities at the Cranbrook Art Museum before beginning your tour.


ArtMembers (join now)                               Free
Adults                                                            $15
Seniors (65 and older)                                $13
Students with ID                                          $11

Saarinen House tours are led by the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research and include admission to the Cranbrook Art Museum. 

Tickets are non-refundable. However, with at least two days advance notice, your ticket may be transferred to another tour date during the same tour season. Your ticket also may be transferred to another participant for the tour on the same day and time as the original ticket.

Saarinen House

Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research offers a limited number of private tours of Saarinen House from May through November, with at least three weeks of advance notice. The Center’s staff will be glad to include a visit through Saarinen House as part of a longer custom-designed campus tour. To inquire about private tours, please call the Center at 248.645.3307.

ArtMembers (join now)                              $15
Adults and Seniors                                     $20
Students with ID                                         $15
Minimum Private Tour Group Fee              $100

photo credits 

Haefner, James. Main room of Saarinen House. 2015. Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Bloomfield Hills.
Graub, Colton. Dining room of Saarinen House. 2012. Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Bloomfield Hills.
Haefner, James. Living room of Saarinen House. 2015. Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Bloomfield Hills.