Saarinen House Tour Information

Please review the information below before your tour to ensure an enjoyable visit. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to book a private tour, please contact Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research at 248.645.3307 or

The tours include stairs and two ten-minute walks on Cranbrook’s campus. 

For your comfort and enjoyment we are keeping tour sizes small. The average tour will be about 12 guests. Tour capacity is subject to change at our discretion. 

Saarinen House

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. All tours are walking tours and guests must be able to walk and stand throughout most of the tour. The entrance to the house includes seven steps and a tour of the second floor requires walking up and down the main stairwell. There are no places to sit down in the house itself.

For the safety and comfort of all visitors, children younger than eight years old, including infants and toddlers, are discouraged on this tour.

There are no public restroom facilities at the house itself; please use the facilities at Cranbrook Art Museum before beginning your tour.

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.

To protect the original rugs and flooring in Saarinen House, you will be asked to remove your shoes and wear slippers that will be provided.

Photography is permitted for personal use only. No special equipment or tripods may be brought on the tour.

Saarinen House has no air conditioning and can be warm. There is a coat room inside Saarinen House. Tours take place rain or shine. Please note that tours may be canceled in the event of severe weather. Cancellations will be noted at the top of our website in the user alert banner.

Tickets are non-refundable. However, with at least three days advance notice, your ticket may be transferred to another tour date during the same tour season. Your ticket may be transferred to another participant for the tour on the same day and time as the original ticket. If your tour is canceled by Cranbrook because of severe weather or the COVID-19 pandemic, you will be offered the opportunity to reschedule your tour for a later date, convert the cost of your ticket into a donation to Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, or request a refund.

  • Cranbrook no longer requires the use of facemasks indoors and leaves the decision of mask usage up to each individual visitor for their own safety and the safety of others. We ask that all visitors, staff, and volunteers respect each individual’s decision on how to keep themself safe from COVID-19.
  • Don’t feel well? Stay home. Visitors showing signs of illness will be asked to return at a later date.
  • Cranbrook's guidelines and safety procedures are in line with the current county, state, and CDC requirements and recommendations. 

This information was last updated March 29, 2022. 

photo credits 

Living Room of Saarinen House, 2015; Photography by James Haefner, Courtesy of Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.

Book Room of Saarinen House, 2015; Photography by James Haefner, Courtesy of Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.

Cozy Corner of Saarinen House, 2015; Photography by James Haefner, Courtesy of Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.