Look at the world through the eyes of Galileo and see how he helped shape modern day science. Inquiring minds of all ages will be interested in Cranbrook Institute of Science’s latest traveling exhibition, Galileo: Scientist, Astronomer, Visionary.

Galileo is often referred to as the “father” of observational astronomy, physics, and the scientific method and soon visitors can discover how his life work from four centuries ago has shaped our modern world and ultimately paved the way for today’s space travel. Cranbrook’s latest interactive exhibition will engage visitors by revealing secrets of his groundbreaking science through experiments that will encourage STEAM exploration, including:

  • Galileo’s telescope:Though he did not invent the telescope, he was the first to use it systematically to observe celestial objects, like the Moon, and record his discoveries.
  • Testing laws of gravity: Using inclined planes and geometry, Galileo examined the motion of objects under gravity. Ballistics as a science began with him, and his theories remained the basis for artillery manuals throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries.
  • Testing the laws of motion through the pendulum.
  • Levers, scales, gears, pulleys and more!

The Galileo exhibit will be at Cranbrook Institute of Science from October 1st to June 2nd. While you’re exploring the museum, see the stars yourself nd check out the Planetarium. Shows are $5 each and even include a Sesame Street themed show for kids.

Save the date for a a Partial Solar Eclipse Party happening at Cranbrook on Saturday, October 14th from 11am to 2:30pm.

Admission to the exhibit is $8 for non-member adults and $6 for members. Children ages 2 to 12 are $5 and kids under the age of 2 are free. General admission to the museum is $14 for adults and $10.50 for kids ages 2 to 12. A family membership is a great value and $75 for a family or $95 for a household PLUS two guests per visit.

Cranbrook is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Satrudays from 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 10pm and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm. Enjoy FREE admission on the first Friday of each month.

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