Exhibits & Shows - Reopening July 8
February 1 - September 13, 2020
This active learning laboratory teaches physics principles through hands-on play. Explore potential and kinetic energy while racing cars and catapulting balls. Experiment with friction while hula-hooping and playing with an air table and puck. Discover the power of momentum as you test out Newton’s Cradle. This totally kinetic experience appeals to continuously bouncing kids of all ages.Reserve Tickets
February 1 - September 13, 2020
Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss brings the ocean floor to the surface! Investigate newly discovered life forms, thermal vents, deep-sea research submersibles, and shipwrecks like the Titanic in this hands-on adventure. Get an interactive look at the technology that has allowed people to explore the ocean floor as you fly a remotely operated vehicle and use a robotic arm to pick up lava rocks and clams.Reserve Tickets
Behind our masks, we are smiling from ear to ear as we prepare to open our doors and welcome our community back to Sloan Museum at Courtland Center and Longway Planetarium.
Thank you to all of our members who have renewed or joined for the first time during the pandemic. We are so grateful for your support in this uncertain time. All memberships—including member day passes—will be credited with the time lost during the pandemic.
Sloan Museum at Courtland Center
The Family Play Area will remain closed until the State of Michigan allows indoor playspaces to open.
Capacity will be limited to 50 visitors per ticket time.
We will close for an hour of cleaning after each ticket time.
HOURS beginning July 8
Open: 12:00-2:00 PM
Closed for cleaning: 2:00-3:00 PM
Open: 3:00-5:00 PM
Closed Mon. & Tues.
Capacity will be limited to 20 visitors per showtime.
Each show lasts 45 minutes.
We will close for 45 minutes of cleaning after each show.
Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 PM
Thurs./Fri./Sat.: 6:00 and 7:30 PM
Doors open for ticket sales at 11:30 AM
We have been working hard to prepare the museum 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.
Following CDC, state and local authorities’ guidelines, these are some of the changes you can expect:
1. Wear your mask. Remember to keep yourself and others safe by wearing your mask! Adults, children ages 2+, and staff must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth to enter. You can bring your own masks or purchase at the ticket counter for $1 each. We understand that mask-wearing can be difficult for children. We encourage you to gently remind your children to keep their masks on when they forget. Mask-wearing is required throughout your visit.
2. Buy tickets in advance. Tickets are on sale now! Timed entry tickets for a two-hour visit will ensure social distancing at less than 20% capacity. Online ticket reservation helps us provide touchless entry; therefore, online transaction fees are waived. You can still pay with cash in person, but ticket times may sell out.
3. Play safe. Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry and throughout the space. When you arrive, please be ready to present your receipt on your mobile device or print your ticket. Staff will request your email address for contact tracing purposes. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and visit us when you’re feeling better.
4. Our robust cleaning practices have leveled up! We will close for an hour each day at Sloan Museum so our cleaning crew can disinfect surfaces, hands-on components, and “high touch” areas, especially in the exhibits. Longway Planetarium will be disinfected between shows. At Longway Planetarium, we are installing a UV filtration in our HVAC systems and adding filtration to the Mars room and back offices. Sloan Museum at Courtland is upgrading HVAC to MERV 10 Filters.
5. Gift shop. The gift shops will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Take science and history home with you with learning toys and memorabilia from our gift shops.
6. Virtual learning continues. If you cannot or do not wish to visit us during our first days back, we completely understand and look forward to welcoming you when you feel comfortable returning. In the meantime, keep visiting, connecting, and learning with us on social media. So far, our educators have produced over 50 videos presenting hands-on science activities and backyard astronomy tips you can try at home. You can find all of our content on Facebook. While we keep in-person capacity low, we will continue to present First Fridays and Second Saturday Trivia Nights on Facebook Live.
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.
Summer Camps & Workshops have begun at Longway Planetarium, but there's still time to sign up! All programs are limited to groups of 10 kids and mask-wearing is required to attend. We are taking many precautions to maintain social distancing and keep kids safe. Read about our COVID-19 safety protocols.Learn More
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.
FREE VIRTUAL EVENT
This is a great way to have fun with friends across town or across the country while social distancing! Team up with your friends and compete against the other challengers in six common categories, including science, history, geography, literature, pop culture, and more. Recommended for ages 13 and older.
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live + Longway Trivia App
Science activities you can do at home!
Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium’s educators and planetarium presenters are developing short, educational videos to inspire at-home learning while schools are closed. We’ll show you fun science activities you can do with common household items, and stargazing tips using the night sky renderings you’d normally see in the planetarium.Watch Videos
The new Sloan Museum of Discovery will open in late 2021. Until then, you can take a virtual tour of the old Sloan Museum history exhibits from the comfort of your home! Take a walk back through time, from the Durant-Dort Carriage Company to Flint's fight for fair housing.Explore Sloan
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 late 2021
Sloan Museum in the Flint Cultural Center is closed for renovation and will re-open in late 2021 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.
Nursing Room Available at Sloan Museum
To better serve our patrons, we have created a nursing room for mothers and babies. This room is located near the family play area, Wisner's Whizbang Emporium.
Together, Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium serve more than 60,000 schoolchildren annually, providing standards-based classes in science and history. 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.