Admission to the Cranbrook Gardens in Bloomfield Hills will now be free from May to October, thanks to sponsors PNC Bank, the Roberts Restaurant Group, and Meijer Inc. The normal access price is $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students.
“Cranbrook House and Gardens plans to use the sponsorship revenue to enhance the visitor experience by continuing its regular maintenance of the grounds and launching a new digital tour of the gardens,” says Eric Franchy, Cranbrook House and Gardens spokesperson.
The Cranbrook House is among the oldest manor houses in Southeast Michigan. Cranbrook’s founders, Ellen and George Booth, purchased the 174-acre property in 1904 and built the house in 1908. The house was designed by Detroit architect Albert Kahn, who also designed the Belle Isle Aquarium and Conservancy, the Fisher Building, and the Packard Plant. The Booth’s also put in lakes, farmhouses, and roads on the property. The garden spans more than 40 acres and includes fountains and sculptures.
Admission will be required to tour the Cranbrook House, which costs $10 for adults and $8 for children. Tours are provided by volunteer docents on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The gardens will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning in May.