Above and Beyond

Longway Planetarium and Sloan Museum are operating at full capacity. As of August 9, 2021, all visitors ages 2+ are required to wear masks while indoors at Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium. Masks can be removed for short periods while eating snacks/lunches at the tables in Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall. Thank you for helping us create the safest possible environment for our community.


May 15 - 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.

Design—and test-fly—your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this large-scale exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore ever more advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond brings flight to life…

  • an expansive multitouch timeline
  • an immersive video experience
  • five interactive galleries: up, faster, farther, higher, and smarter
  • interactive simulations and design activities
  • stories about the people behind the advances in flight
  • a montage of dreamers and doers, who share their excitement for their jobs and the next century of flight
  • add your own dreams to a collaborative vision of flight 100 years from now


Experience a Flight to Mars
Experience first hand the marathon trip to Mars is an Augmented Reality exploration of the physical and psychological challenges inherent to a months-long journey.
Ride a Space Elevator to Orbit
Explore the layers of the atmosphere and the challenges and possibilities of high-altitude flight, during a visually stunning simulated ascent in a space elevator.
Explore Flight in a Wind Tunnel
Experiment with the aerodynamics of supersonic flight by performing your own simulated wind tunnel test.
Race Friends at the Speed of Sound
Design—and then fly—a fighter style jet in a virtual high-speed, high-flying multi-player competition.

Visitor Information

Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium are operating at full capacity. Masks are optional for all visitors.

Tues.-Sat.: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sun. 12:00-5:00 PM
Closed Mondays

4190 E. Court St. Burton, MI 48509
Sloan Museum is located inside Courtland Center, accessible through the Court St. mall entrance, right next to El Cozumel Mexican Grill.

Traveling Exhibit Admission

For more information, call 810-237-3450

Includes Above and Beyond, plus general admission exhibits.

Traveling Exhibit Admission: $9 adults, $8 seniors 60+, and $7 youth ages 2-11

Genesee County Residents
Traveling Exhibit Admission is $3 per person for Genesee County residents.
When you arrive, please present your driver’s license or ID with your address on it to confirm your residency. Above and Beyond is funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage. Your tax dollars are at work.

Both Traveling Exhibits and General Admission Exhibits are free for members.
Please login to reserve your member tickets. Member discounts are automatically applied at checkout. When you arrive, please present your membership card and driver's license or ID to confirm your membership level.


ABOVE AND BEYOND is presented by Boeing, in collaboration with NASA and The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

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