The Cranbrook Insititute of Science is a natural history museum that features a planetarium and observatory among its interactive exhibits, located just 25 miles (41 km) northwest of Detroit, Michigan. Interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of objects and artifacts, special events, lecture and educational programs, and changing exhibitions offer something for every member of the family; the museum encourages visitors to “stand beneath a T.rex, feel a mastodon’s fur, or touch a meteorite.” Camping is not allowed here, however admission is open to the public daily and even offers free entry to qualifying guests. For more information, visit online or call 248-645-3200.
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