nothing to dislike, wish we had more time to visit the art museum maybe next time.....don't wait if you love fine arts, learning and science then go for a visit and have a great time with family and friends.
The Museum was closed to install a new exhibit, but that's not why I came to Bloomfield Hills. I was most interested in the house that Eliel Saarinen built, that Loja Saarinen helped furnish, and where Eero Saarinen grew up. The Saarinen House is only open for a few guided tours to accommodate a dozen or so. Our docent (who said she's the only one currently doing tours) was outstanding, exceptionally knowledgeable but far from stilted. The House has been restored to much the condition when Saarinen lived there and guided Cranbrook arts and crafts design. The attention to detain is impressive, with meticulous tapistries, intricately inlaid woods, and delicately decorated curtains. The Saarinen's all contributed to the look and feel of the House where they worked, entertained, and lived. The dining room is especially striking, with an expandable round table and exquisite chairs. The living space on the second floor was more austere than the public areas, but was cleverly designed to make it both beautiful and functional. As our guide noted, you can also see the very shower that Frank Lloyd Wright used (although the toilet seat is not original). I'm sure the Museum is worthwhile as well, and the Cranbrook grounds are stunning, but the Saarinen House is the highlight for me.
This place is very cute. While the exhibition was not my flavor the statutes outside were breath taking. I saw a few people taking family photos on the grounds. It is a stunning backdrop.
The grounds are beautiful, especially in the spring and summer. There's art to enjoy inside and outside of the museum.
I took my 5 elementary age children & it held their attention for all of 30 minutes. I would not recommend a year pass if you are thinking that it will be used more than 1 time.
This museum is sometimes neglected by the locals, but it should not be ignored. They do an excellent job of showcasing meaningful exhibitions, presented in great formats. This museum is only five minutes from my house, and we try to get there at least every couple of months. We have seen some amazing exhibits and have learned so much. Definitely - go there!
We attended a reception from school and visited the museum as well. Parking was full and we had to go a little far but it was worth to see all around. The scluptures outside were elegent and beautiful .I enjoyed the whole evening.
The current exhibit relates to classic/modern Michigan-made furnishings that are still mainstream in homes and offices throughout the country (such as Eames chairs). It takes an hour or so to view the exhibits. As museums are typically "do not touch", the thoughtful designers who put this exhibit together have one room at the end where guests can sit in the art chairs and try them for themselves. Nice touch. I also liked the exhibit downstairs featuring the local works of Cranbrook grads.
Visit when an exhibit sounds relevant to you. Have gone about every 18 months for the past 10 years. Quality of presentation has been very good. Helpful attendants. And the surrounding outside area has fascinated me for many years.
This is such a great place to experience. Stop at the art museum and the science center. Walk around and enjoy the unbelievable and perfectly manicured grounds. They have beautiful ponds, fountains, and the buildings have stunning architecture with very special accents. Cranbrook is a must!