Guided Visits + Workshops for K-12


Guided collection visits and workshops for K–12 school groups are led by museum educators throughout the year.

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Tours

Our tours – available for current exhibits and collection storage – develop observation skills and critical thinking.

45 minute tour: $6/student, 15-25 students per group recommended; maximum 50 students. Chaperones required for student groups.

Vault Tours

View a selection of the 6,500+ items in Cranbrook’s extensive collection—including works by midcentury masters, Eames, Knoll, and Saarinen—spread across three separate vault spaces in our updated collections wing, completed in 2011.

Exhibit Tours

Dialogue-based programming led by Art Educators, where students investigate exhibition themes, art concepts, and curatorial decision through observation and discussion.

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Workshops

Each workshop combines object-based learning with hands-on art-making experiences. We start with the art—examining our collections to make connections within the museum; creating opportunities make original works of art.

Two-hour workshop: $15/student, 15-25 students per group recommended; minimum 15, maximum 50 students. Chaperones required for student groups.

Pop to Print

Explore silkscreen in the works of Andy Warhol and other Pop artists in the museum’s collection. Learn about printing, production, and the influence of pop culture while creating your own colorful silkscreen prints!

Chair Challenge

Learn from iconic Mid-century masters, with chairs designed by Charles Eames, Ralph Rapson, and Eero Saarinen. Explore modern design concepts, the importance of form + function, and create your own chair prototype!

Designing Electricity

Discuss electricity and concepts of design with the help of visual aids from the museum collection. Students will then tackle individual and group design challenges to create their own working lamp prototypes.

Modular Design

Explore contemporary artists’ use of modular design in artworks which modify the human body. Looking to artists such as Nick Cave, students will create their own body extensions to enhance and hide, using repetitive shapes and simple materials.

The Truth is I Hear You

Workshop notions of Truth, Identity, Community, Perspective on an individual and classroom level. Examine video documentation from Detroit and Flint filmed in The Truth Booth—a portable, inflatable video-recording studio in the shape of a giant speech bubble.

Reading the Room

Explore domestic landscapes of the 20th-century, examining ephemera and decorative arts. What do these objects say about the time / culture they represent, and what they say about the people who own or create them? Small groups will interpret and evaluate visual messages; telling stories while curating their own space.

Groups must make advance reservations.

Learn more and book your visit

We like to collaborate.

Museum Educators will work to customize your visit.

We have what you need.

We will provide students with all necessary materials for use during guided lessons.

Questions? Email us.