Fequently Asked Questions
What are your hours and ticket prices?
Sloan Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and Sunday, 12:00-5:00 pm.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, (60+), and $6 for youth ages 2-11, and $3 for ASTC reciprocal members. Children 1 and younger are free.
Longway Planetarium admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+), $4 for youth ages 2-11, and free for children 1 and younger.
Combo tickets are a convenient way of experiencing Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium for one low price:
• Adults $14
• Senior (60 +) $12
• Youth (2-11) $19
• Children (1 & under) Free
• Members Free
• ASTC Reciprocal Members - $6 per person
What do you have for kids to do?
At Sloan Museum, younger visitors will enjoy the permanent gallery, Wisner's Whizbang Emporium. Touring exhibitions debut three times per year. Click for current exhibits. Longway Planetarium offers a variety of space and science shows for younger visitors. A family science room with interactive games and toys is open daily during the summer and on weekends during the school year.
Where can I park?
Visitors are welcome to park anywhere in the Flint Cultural Center. All parking lots are free of charge. For visitors to Sloan Museum, we recommend the parking lot on the north side of the museum, near Matthews and Forest Streets. There is parking for disabled people closer to the museum. To reach these spaces, drive past the main parking lot and up the hill; the spaces are on your left side. Visitors are also welcome to park in the spaces directly in front of the building. As there are only three spaces directly in front of the museum, these spots fill up fast.
Buick Gallery visitors may park on the east side of the lot of Whiting Auditorium. This is the closest parking for this building. Visitors may also park at Sloan Museum and enjoy a short walk to Buick Gallery.
For Longway Planetarium, visitors are able to park in the lot directly in front of the building.
How do I find the entrance of Sloan Museum from the parking lot?
If you park in the lot north of Sloan Museum, please follow the signs up the hill to the main entrance of the building. If you park in front of the museum or in the disabled parking, please make your way to the sidewalk and follow the signs. The entrance is clearly marked.
Does admission to Sloan Museum include traveling exhibitions?
Yes, current traveling exhibitions are included with general admission to Sloan Museum.
Do you have a dinosaur exhibit?
There is not currently a traveling dinosaur exhibition at Sloan Museum. Sloan Museum hosted Return of the Dinosaurs from October 12, 2013-January 12, 2014. However, dinosaurs are not constantly featured in the museum; they are a special exhibit.
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 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. If you would like to come at a time when there are no school groups, please come after 2:00 pm during the school year, or on the weekends.
Is Buick Gallery open to the public?
Buick Gallery is closed for repairs as of February 25, 2018. The Perry Archives remain 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 the 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 also enjoy the family science room, small exhibits, a mural of hidden objects, and the Hubble Sky Screen.
Can I buy tickets at the door or online?
Visitors may buy tickets online or at the venue of their choice. Advance ticket purchase for special events is recommended, as events frequently sell out.
Is there parking near your buildings? If so, is it free?
Yes, there is free parking available near Sloan Museum, Longway Planetarium, and Buick Gallery.