Closed through April 13 due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium will remain closed to the public through Monday, April 13, in compliance with Governor Whitmer’s executive order for temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation. During this time period, all public shows, exhibits, events, and programs are cancelled. We will continue to closely monitor the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, and will provide updates on our closure status.

#SL_Daily Dose Science & Astronomy Videos

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. Be sure to visit Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium on Facebook for updates.

For our first quick experiment about preventing the spread of germs, you'll need a bowl, water, pepper, and soap. Watch new videos every day at

Cancelled Events

Friday, March 20 – Wolf Cub Scouts: Digging In The Past Overnight at Longway Planetarium

Saturday, March 21 – Girl Scout Brownies: Bugs Workshop at Longway Planetarium

Sunday, March 29 - Yoga Under The Stars at Longway Planetarium

Saturday, April 11 - Sensory-Friendly Planetarium Show

Reschedule – Donate – Refund

If you have purchased tickets to any of our venues or events during our closure, you will have the opportunity to reschedule, turn your purchase into a donation, or receive a full refund. To submit a rescheduling, donation, or refund request, please email, and we will process your request as soon as possible.

Community Resources

We encourage you to use reliable sources of public health information to find out how you can protect yourself and prevent the spread of Coronavirus. We recommend the following resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

This is a particularly difficult time for our children, who rely on caring adults to feel safe and secure. You can help ease their anxiety by presenting age-appropriate information about the Coronavirus. We recommend How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus from Deborah Farmer Kris/PBS.

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