History + Mission


Nick Cave: Here Hear performance at the Artist Village, Detroit (Photo: Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com)

Nick Cave: Here Hear performance at the Artist Village, Detroit (Photo: Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com)

MISSION

Cranbrook Art Museum invites viewers to discover relevant and transformative moments in modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design. Through our exhibitions, collections, programming, and publications, we bring together people from our region and around the world to provoke new ideas about art, creativity, and the built environment. We achieve this at Cranbrook Educational Community, a National Historic Landmark campus, where the pursuit of knowledge and innovation is paramount.

Orpheus Fountain (1937) by Carl Milles on the Cranbrook Academy of Art campus (Photo: Courtesy Cranbrook Archives).

Orpheus Fountain (1937) by Carl Milles on the Cranbrook Academy of Art campus (Photo: Courtesy Cranbrook Archives).

EXPLORE CRANBROOK

Cranbrook Art Museum is part of Cranbrook Educational Community, one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprising a graduate Academy of Art, modern and contemporary Art Museum, Center for Collections and Research, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors and students to its campus each year.

Founded by Detroit philanthropists George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth in 1904, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus features the work of world-renowned architects such as Eliel Saarinen, Albert Kahn, Steven Holl, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Rafael Moneo, Peter Rose, and sculptors Carl Milles, Marshall Fredericks and others. Critics have called Cranbrook “the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America” and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

HISTORY OF CRANBROOK ART MUSEUM

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