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Cranbrook Educational Community

39221 Woodward Ave.
Bloomfield Hills  Michigan  48303
United States
(248) 645-3000

Midwest Living Review

Not just a school, Cranbrook Educational Community combines a science institute, an art museum and two notable homes that are open to the public.

This unique campus was created in the early 1900s by George and Ellen Scripps Booth, who used their newspaper fortunes to build this fascinating haven for science and art. Visit the two homes, a science institute, an art museum and other prestigious educational centers (which collectively are a National Historic Landmark). A tour of Cranbrook House, the couple's English Arts and Crafts-style mansion, includes 40 acres of lush gardens, fountains and sculpture. Visitors can also tour Saarinen House, an Art Deco-style home designed by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. (Saarinen designed many of the other buildings on the campus.) Cranbrook Institute of Science began as a place to house the couple's collection of minerals and a large refractor telescope and now includes a fine natural history museum. We were disappointed to find that the art museum is closed until late 2010 for renovation and the addition of a new wing. It might be worth a return trip to view the mostly contemporary works from artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Charles and Ray Eames (who graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art).

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