Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours and ticket prices?
Sloan Museum at Courtland Center is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

General admission to Sloan Museum at Courtland Center is free for Genesee County residents. Non-resident admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, (60+), and $6 for youth ages 2-11. Members and children 1 and younger are admitted free.

The Longway Planetarium lobby is open Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday & Friday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Click here to view complete show times.

Genesee County residents receive 50% on Longway Planetarium tickets: $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors (60+), and $2.50 for youth ages 2-11. Non-resident admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+), and $5 for youth ages 2-11. Members and children 1 and younger are admitted free.

What do you have for kids to do?
At Sloan Museum at Courtland Center, families with children will enjoy the play area. This kids-friendly gallery features climbing toys and outdoor-themed fun—great for days when the weather forces you inside, but you still want to be active. Play on the climber, explore the giant dollhouse, shop for food in the grocery store, host a cookout at the play picnic table, put on an puppet show, and so much more. The museum also hosts rotating hands-on touring exhibits throughout the year. Click here for current exhibits. Longway Planetarium offers a variety of space and science shows for younger visitors.

Where can I park? / Is parking free?

Visitors are welcome to park anywhere in the Flint Cultural Center. All parking lots are free of charge. For Longway Planetarium, visitors are able to park in the lot directly in front of the building. Parking is also available behind the building.

Buick Gallery and Perry Archives visitors may park on the east side of the lot of The Whiting. This is the closest parking for this building.

Visitors to Sloan Museum at Courtland Center should park in front of Entry A, near El Cozumel Mexican Grill, off of Court St. The museum entrance is located inside the mall.

Are there any school groups at Sloan Museum or Longway Planetarium today?
The busiest time of year for school groups is September through mid-June, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you would like to come at a time when there are no school groups, please come after 2 p.m. during the school year, or on the weekends.

Is Buick Gallery open to the public?
Buick Gallery is closed to the public. However, over 30 cars and trucks from Sloan Museum's vehicle collection are currently on display at Courtland Center Mall. The Perry Archives are open for research by appointment only. Call 810-237-3440 to schedule a research appointment.

I want to research at the Perry Archives. How can I do this?
All research requests need to be made before your visit. We have the largest archive of Flint and Genesee County history. It is available to the public, however, appointments must be made in advance. Call 810-237-3440 to schedule a research appointment.

Do you do appraisals?
No. The IRS views museums and archives as interested parties and therefore Sloan Museum does not provide appraisals of the monetary value of materials proposed for donation or for any other reason. However, professional appraisers will perform this service for a fee. To find a licensed appraiser in your area, contact one of the following organizations for a referral:
• American Society of Appraisers
• International Society of Appraisers
• Appraisers Association of America

Besides the shows, what else is there to do at the planetarium?
Visitors to Longway Planetarium can find hidden objects in the mural of space exploration. Enjoy the Hubble Sky Screen and the astronaut photo board. Explore the black light murals of constellations and planets in the ambulatory leading to the planetarium theater.

Can I buy tickets at the door or online?
Visitors may buy tickets online, over the phone, or at the venue of their choice. Advance ticket purchase for special events is often required, as events frequently sell out. Only full price tickets are available online. To receive a member discount, Genesee County resident, or other discount, please call 810-237-3400.

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