Sloan Museum in the Flint Cultural Center
Flint’s dramatic history as the birthplace of General Motors comes to life with artifacts chronicling the origins of the auto industry to the present. Explore the Flint Sit Down Strike and the birth of the UAW with hands-on activities. See Flint-made engines and machinery that established the city as part of the “Arsenal of Democracy,” and discover what life was like during the 1950s-70s. Over 600 artifacts and photographs are on display, including rare antique automobiles, colorful neon signs, period clothing, household furnishings and commercial goods.
Sloan Museum is nursing friendly. Mothers are welcome to nurse wherever they feel comfortable. If you would like a private location, please use our Nursing Room, located next to the ladies restroom in Wisner's Whizbang Emporium.
In 1967, Flint Mayor Floyd McCree, resigned his appointed position, stating, “I refuse to live an equal opportunity lie.” He did so in protest of the city commission’s defeat of an open housing ordinance. Using objects and images from Sloan Museum’s collection, this exhibition examines the housing segregation that characterized Flint’s residential development, as well as efforts to wrest the city free from discriminatory housing practices.Learn More
Explore Wisner’s Whizbang Emporium, an interactive gallery where young and old can play together. Wonder at toys from the past as your little ones shop for food in the miniature grocery store and cook in the play kitchen. Take the wheel in the climb-on ambulance, play a board game, or discover a book together.Learn More
Celebrating the 1936-37 Sit-Down Strike in Flint, Michigan, Sloan Museum's exhibit tells the story of the struggles of automotive workers and their families, as well as what was happening in General Motors offices, through videos, displays and hands-on activities.Learn More
20th Century Gallery - Flint And The American Dream
Flint’s dramatic history comes to life at Sloan Museum. Flint and the American Dream takes visitors on a fascinating journey through Flint in the 20th century, from the birth of the auto industry to the present. Here visitors encounter the ups and downs of General Motors, the birth of the UAW, Flint’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” and what life was like during the 50s, 60s and 70s. The gallery is packed with over 600 artifacts and photographs, including rare antique automobiles, colorful neon signs, period clothing, household furnishings and commercial goods.
Sloan Museum has a lot of artifacts, nearly 400,000 of them! You name it, we probably have one. A large, eclectic collection is required to accurately record life in Flint and Genesee County over the last 200 years. Our exhibit, Collecting Flint from A to Z, will highlight 26 groups from our vast and varied collection, normally hidden away in museum storage. Each alphabetized set reveals something about our shared history. See historic automobiles and firearms, radios and wedding dresses, beer, blueprints and everything in-between. Most exhibits are about one thing; this exhibit is about everything!Learn More
Roaring, moving, life-size dinosaurs are thundering into Sloan Museum at Courtland Center. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate, down to the feathers on T. rex, Dinosaurs Unearthed features 18 animatronic dinosaurs, as well as giant skeletons, fossil casts of skulls, claws, and horns, real specimens of Mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor egg, and even coprolite (dinosaur poop). Opens June 16.Learn More
Sloan*Longway was created when Longway Planetarium and Sloan Museum joined in 2004. Sloan*Longway is comprised of three facilities, namely Buick Automotive Gallery, Longway Planetarium and Sloan Museum. Together, the organization serves more than sixty thousand school children annually, providing bench mark classes in science and history.
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