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.

Current Exhibits at Sloan Museum

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

On loan from the artist until February 25, 2018

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.

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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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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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