3 Metro Detroit Museums That Offer Free Admission Days

Enjoy these local museums free of charge on select days each month.
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Photograph courtesy of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Looking for exciting ways to spend your winter days while saving money? These three museums in Metro Detroit offer a variety of events, activities, and entertainment with free admission on certain days. Check out the Cranbrook Institute of Science, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Cranbrook Art Museum without breaking the bank!

Cranbrook Art Museum

Just next door to the Cranbrook Institute of Science is the Cranbrook Art Museum. The museum offers free admission every Thursday between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., with a wide variety of exhibitions, collections, interactive activities, lectures, events, and more. Some of the exhibitions currently on display include Skilled Labor: Black Realism in Detroit, Carl Toth: Reordering Fictions, and Constellations & Affinities: Selections from the Cranbrook Collection. Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed due to capacity limits. Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; cranbrookartmuseum.org.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Right off of Woodward, enjoy the second Sunday of each month at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History free of charge. Some exhibits currently on display at the museum include Ruth E. Carter’s Afrofuturism in Costume Design, Adreinne Waheed’s The Audacity to Thrive, John E. Dowell’s Paths to Freedom, and more. Enjoy film screenings, performances, classes, and conversations while you’re at it. The Charles H. Wright Museum, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; thewright.org.

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Bloomfield Hills’ Cranbrook Institute of Science offers free admission on the first Friday of each month, as well as the third Thursday of each month. Courtesy of the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, you can visit the planetarium, the observatory, and other exhibitions at the Institute of Science. With the Cranbrook Observatory, the Acheson Planetarium, the Astronomy Gallery, and more, there is something for everyone. The center also offers $5 admission on Fridays between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to experience Cranbrook after dark! Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; science.cranbrook.edu/visit.