Current Exhibits at Sloan Museum

Be The Astronaut

January 20-May 13, 2018

Blast off in your own space capsule and discover the future of space exploration! Come aboard Starship Sloan, explore interactive navigation and technology stations, and get ready to pilot your own mission. Videogame interfaces and hands-on command centers allow YOU to become the engineers and astronauts that make space flight possible. Be The Astronaut is a traveling exhibit by Eureka Exhibits.

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An Equal Opportunity Lie

January 15-May 27, 2018

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.

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Art At Work: Early GM Designs of Dick Ruzzin

Extended through May 6, 2018

One of General Motor’s most prolific car designers, Dick Ruzzin got his start in GM design as a Junior Designer in Oldsmobile Exterior Design Studio. He would ultimately spend over 40 years designing for GM in its various studios for its various brands, before retiring as the Director of Design for Chevrolet cars. This exhibition features works from the artist's early career, 1964-1979. It was a time that Ruzzin describes as a “hot-bed of design activity” under legendary Vice-President of Design Bill Mitchell.

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Wisner's Whizbang Emporium

Permanent Gallery

Explore Wisner’s Whizbang Emporium, an interactive gallery where young and young-at-heart 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.

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Flint Sit Down Strike Exhibit

Permanent Gallery

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.

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Collecting Flint from A to Z

Permanent Gallery

Most exhibits are about one thing; this exhibit is about everything!
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. Collecting Flint from A to Z highlights 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, furniture, postcards and everything in between.

Check out Artifact Spotlight to view selected artifacts from the exhibit.

Flint and the American Dream

Permanent Gallery

Flint’s dramatic history as the birthplace of General Motors 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. Encounter the ups and downs of General Motors, the birth of the UAW, Flint’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy,” and discover what life was like during the 1950s-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.

Genesee Regional Women’s Hall of Fame

Permanent Exhibition by Zonta Club of Flint

The Zonta Club of Flint proudly presents the Genesee Regional Women’s Hall of Fame to honor those women in our community who have made a difference and changed the history of Genesee County. Visit their website for more information.The Genesee County Regional Women’s Hall of Fame will recognize the accomplishments of Genesee County women, past and present. The Zonta Club of Flint will strive to bring greater visibility to the roles that women have played in Genesee County history and acknowledge that women impact and improve our lives everyday. An exhibit honoring these women has been on display at Sloan Museum since 2011.

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