Galileo: Scientist, Astronomer, Visionary

Exhibit Opens October 1, 2023 at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Often called the “father of observational astronomy,” Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was an Italian scientist, astronomer, and mathematician whose groundbreaking work in astronomy, science, and physics helped shape our modern world and ultimately paved the way for space travel.

Opening October 1, Cranbrook’s newest traveling exhibit, “Galileo”, explores the fascinating life and discoveries of the Renaissance scientist and mathematician at the Institute of Science, continuing through June 2, 2024.

Family-friendly and filled with hands-on experiments, visitors can immerse themselves in the ideas behind Galileo’s work. The exhibition features educational STEAM activities and highlights the most important of Galileo’s findings, including his telescope, the first used to observe celestial objects. Visitors can also explore inclined planes and geometry, levers and scales, the pendulum and laws of motion, and gears and pulleys.

Tickets to Galileo are $8 for adults who are non-members and $6 for Institute of Science Standard Members. Children ages 2-12 and individuals 65+ are $5 each. Enhanced members and children under 2 are free. Non-members must also pay general museum admission. 

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