The Cranbook Art Museum is under renovation until Spring 2011, when it will unveil the restoration of its landmark 1942 Eliel Saarinen–designed museum building. Renovations include a new climate-control system and a state-of-the-art collections wing.
While the museum is closed to the public, the Saarinen House, the architect’s Art Deco masterwork, is still open for public viewing. The house was the home and studio of the Finnish-American designer and his wife Loja, and was central to the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Designed in the late 1920s, the building has been completely restored, including the interior, which features the Saarinens original furnishings, including Eliel’s hand-made furniture and Loja’s textiles, as well as the early furniture work of their son, Eero Saarinen. Watch the web site for the announcement of the museum’s reopening in 2010!
Cranbrook Art Museum Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Yes
- Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm, Fourth Fridays 11am – 9pm, Monday, Tuesday CLOSED.
- Admission: $10, university students (with ID) and teens $4, members and children (12 and under) are free.
- Membership: Individual membership is $45 and members receive free general admission to Cranbrook Art Museum and scheduled Saarinen House Tours specially scheduled for members, free admission to the Academy of Art Museum lectures for members, discounted rates for special programs and tours for members, invitations to complimentary members’ only Academy of Art receptions and events and access to Cranbrook Academy of Art Library. Discounted memberships are offered for Cranbrook Alumni, full-time students and professional artists at $35.
- Other Benefits: Reciprocal membership is available for all levels of membership with The Henry Ford Museum, Pewabic Pottery Museum and the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.