Frequently Asked Questions

What are the masking requirements during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

As of March 1, 2022, masks are respected but not expected or required.

What are the hours of operation at Sloan Museum of Discovery? 

Sloan Museum of Discovery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays Noon-5 p.m.; Closed Mondays* (*open Mondays for spring break week and the week between Christmas and New Year's).

What are your admission prices?

Genesee County Residents: Free (due to the passage of the Genesee County Arts, Education and Cultural Millage that was passed in 2018 by Genesee County voters). Please present your driver’s license or ID with your address on it to receive your discount.

General Admission for Non-Residents - Sloan Museum of Discovery 
Ages 12-59-$13 | Seniors 60+ $10 | Students (with IDs) $10 | Children ages 2-11 $8 | Children under 2 - Free
General admission exhibits include all four permanent gallery spaces (History Gallery, Durant Gallery vehicle exhibition hall, Hagerman Street Early Childhood Learning Gallery, and Discovery Hall science gallery. Traveling exhibits are not included in general admission.

Children 2 and younger: Free
Members: Free

What are the hours of operation at Longway Planetarium?

The Longway Planetarium lobby is open Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday & Friday 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Click here to view complete showtimes.

Longway Planetarium Show Admission
Adults 12-59 $8 | Seniors 60+ $6 | Students (w/ ID) $6 | Children 2-11 $6 | Children 0-2 FREE

Genesee County Residents
All Longway Planetarium shows are 50% off for Genesee County residents:
Adults 12-59 $4 | Seniors 60+ $3 | Students (w/ ID) $3 | Children 2-11 $3 | Children 0-2 FREE

Where can I park? / Is parking free?

Visitors are welcome to park anywhere in the Flint Cultural Center. All parking lots are free of charge. For Longway Planetarium, visitors are able to park in the lot directly in front of the building. Parking is also available behind the building.

Visitors to Sloan Museum of Discovery should park in the north main lot shared with the Flint Cultural Center Academy building. This can most easily be accessed from the I-475 exit at Longway Blvd.; turn east onto Longway Blvd. and the museum and the parking lot will be on your right.

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 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you would like to come at a time when there are no school groups, please come after 2 p.m. during the school year, or on the weekends.

I want to research at the Sloan 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 Sloan 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 find hidden objects in the mural of space exploration. Enjoy the Hubble Sky Screen and the astronaut photo board. Explore the black light murals of constellations and planets in the ambulatory leading to the planetarium theater.

Can I buy tickets at the door or online?

Visitors may buy tickets online, over the phone, or at the venue of their choice. Advance ticket purchase for special events is often required, as events frequently sell out.

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