Regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science are major features of the Sloan Museum. Dramatic settings, video programs and hundreds of artifacts and photographs portray the area’s tumultuous 20th century history in the Flint and the American Dream exhibit.
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.
New Membership Policy
Because we are unable to verify membership levels on our website, member tickets for shows and events are no longer available online. To reserve member tickets for shows and events, call Guest Services at 810-237-3450 or the Membership Coordinator at 810-237-3457. A $2 service fee will be charged per transaction for tickets reserved by phone. Tickets can be reserved at no charge in person at Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium front desks.
Sloan Museum's newest touring exhibition opens September 16! Climb aboard the ferry and listen to seagulls as you approach Birdwell Island. Encounter a colossal nine-foot tall Clifford and slide down his tail. Paws-on adventures introduce “Clifford’s Big Ideas,” ten simple life lessons that support children’s growing understanding of how the actions they choose make a difference to themselves and others. Come learn through play with Clifford!Learn More
This exhibition showcases over 30 automotive design sketches from one of General Motors’ most prolific car designers, on loan from the artist. Dick Ruzzin spent over 40 years designing for GM in its various studios and for its various brands, before retiring as the Director of Design for Chevrolet cars. The artistry of Ruzzin’s designs went largely unacknowledged until the late 1980s. They were viewed as work product, and generally thrown away when projects came to an end. Ruzzin was given permission to retain only a tiny fraction of the artwork he produced during his career. This exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the art generated in the pursuit of a larger goal – to ultimately produce cars that were beautiful, functional, and desirable.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
20th Century Gallery - Flint And The American Dream
Flint’s dramatic history as the birthplace of General Motors comes to life at the Alfred P. 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
Collecting Flint from A to Z
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! More details...
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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