Open now through September 5, 2021
ABOVE AND BEYOND celebrates the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. This aerospace exhibition features immersive simulations, interactive design challenges, iconic historical touchstones, visionary concepts for the future, and inspiring stories from game-changing innovators, past and present.Learn More
Open now through September 5, 2021
The play area has been carefully reconfigured to ensure social distancing. Kids can play on the climber, explore the playhouse, shop for food in the grocery store, host a cookout at the play picnic table, and so much more. This outdoor-themed gallery is great for days when the weather forces you inside, but kids still want to be active.Learn More
Behind our masks, we are smiling from ear to ear as we welcome our community back to Sloan Museum at Courtland Center and Longway Planetarium!
Capacity is limited to ensure social distancing. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, as times frequently sell out.
Sloan Museum at Courtland Center
Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.: 12:00-2:00 and 3:00-5:00 PM
Sat: 9:00-11:00 AM
Closed for cleaning between ticket times.
Sat. & Sun.: 12:00 and 1:30 PM
Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.: 3:00 and 4:30 PM
Thurs./Fri./Sat.: 6:00 and 7:30 PM
Each show lasts 45 minutes. We will close for 45 minutes of cleaning after each show.
We have been working hard to prepare the museum and planetarium for your arrival and we can assure you that you will have a safe and fun experience when you visit. However, it will feel different from your past visits. We are not “going back to normal,” but are adapting with science-driven practices that will help keep our community safe. Mask wearing is strongly encouraged for all visitors who have not yet been fully vaccinated.
In Solidarity with our Community
We are united with our community in rejecting racism, in mourning, and in demanding justice for Black and Brown people who continue to suffer from police brutality before our eyes.
We applaud our local community organizers for peacefully protesting, which garnered support from local government and law enforcement. The de-escalation was refreshing and got the attention of national and international media. However, we recognize that our community is still in pain as we witness the ongoing injustice throughout our community and country.
The pain of racism runs old and deep in our community. Our hearts break to see another generation of African Americans still fighting for justice and dignity, like so many generations before them. We hope this time is different; that the white community will finally sacrifice their comfort in the name of accountability and work to dismantle the racist systems that structure our lives.
Black Lives Matter. As we reimagine and rebuild Sloan Museum of Discovery, we are partnering with individuals, groups, and organizations in our community to ensure that people of color are fully represented and to ensure the museum is radically inclusive. That’s why we’ve joined the OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network—a global network of changemakers committed to equity, relevance, and inclusive growth. We are committed to take on the global challenge to become of, by, and for our community.
We do not claim neutrality as a museum. Sloan Museum’s archives speak to the pain and injustice experienced by African Americans and other ethnic groups in the Greater Flint region. At the same time, we see that our institution has fallen short in documenting the full experience of Black and Brown people in our community, and these stories continue to be under-represented.
We value the physical, intellectual, and emotional safety of every person who comes to us for experiences with science and history. At Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium, you are safe to be yourself and to deeply engage your curiosity without fear of harm, shame, or anxiety. This is our promise to the African American community and to all.
The Greater Flint community is living through a difficult moment in history, and our stories need to be documented. Sloan Museum is preserving our community’s stories today, so that people in the future can understand what we experienced and how we coped during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.
Your story is an important part of our community's history. We hope you will record your thoughts, emotions, and experiences during the pandemic and share your stories with us. Please submit your journals, art, videos, and photographs.
Donations help us present engaging experiences with science and history to our community.
Any amount you can give, large or small, helps sustain our operations during this uncertain time.
Thank you, Genesee County, for supporting arts and culture!
Thanks to the Genesee County Arts Education & Cultural Enrichment Millage, effective August 8, 2018, Genesee County residents receive 50% off Longway Planetarium tickets. Genesee County residents also receive free general admission to Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall. General admission exhibits include the historic vehicles exhibit and the family play area. Traveling exhibit admission is $3 per person for Genesee County residents. Please present your driver’s license or ID with your address on it to receive your discount.
Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work.
Sloan Museum of Discovery will open in Spring 2022
Sloan Museum in the Flint Cultural Center is closed for renovation and will re-open in Spring 2022 as the new Sloan Museum of Discovery. We encourage you to visit our temporary exhibition space inside Courtland Center Mall. Visitors can enjoy over 30 historic automobiles from Sloan Museum's vehicle collection, as well as hands-on traveling exhibits and a family play area.
Sloan Museum’s renovation and expansion is a $26.5 million project. Over 85% of this goal has been raised through donations from private foundations, corporations, and individuals. Every gift makes an impact! Would you like to be part of the Discovery? Click to find out how you can buy an engraved brick, or make a donation in any amount.
Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall
To better serve our patrons, we have created a room for mothers and babies, located near the play area.
We inspire our community by providing educational experiences in science and regional history through artifacts, outreach, exhibits, and programs. Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work.