History Gallery

The re-imagined Flint history gallery features inclusive stories, designed with the flexibility to frequently change displays that span from the earliest inhabitants through history-in-the-making. The gallery includes interactive stepping stones that activate a video or audio story told from local residents; a section about Genesee County's contributions to winning WWII, including an actual 1943 Hellcat Tank Destroyer; an interactive trading post and real native American artifacts; Flint's storied lumbering history; the last Buick LeSabre that rolled off the former Buick City's assembly line signed by the hundreds of workers who helped build it; popular culture artifacts like the beloved Bozo The Clown original costume and the basketball costume Will Ferrell wore in the Flint-based movie Semi-pro; Flint's history on redlining and blockbusting; and much more!

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Watch the St. John Street Oral History Project

This two-part documentary features interviews with residents who once lived in the vibrant and diverse St. John Street neighborhood that existed in north Flint, east of the former Buick City complex. Through a series of unfair practices, urban renewal and the construction of  I-475, the neighborhood was destroyed and its residents displaced. The story of redlining, blockbusting and injustice is echoed through the voices of residents who share their lived experiences and convey the spirit of their community. The documentary premiered December 19, 2022, on Sloan Museum of Discovery's YouTube Channel  Sloan Museum's History Gallery has a related exhibition on Fair Housing, Neighborhoods & Interstates that chronicles the practices that led to the neighborhood’s destruction.


4:00 PM Part I – St. John Street Neighborhood Oral History Project

4:15 PM Part II – St. John Street Neighborhood Oral History Project

End your visit at the Museum Store for unique gifts and souvenirs, or grab a snack at the Coffee Beanery Café!


Non-Genesee County Residents

Ages 12-59 - $13
Seniors 60+ - $10
Students (with ID) - $10
Children 2-11 - $8
Children 0-2 - Free

Non-Resident Combo Tickets

Add a Longway Planetarium show to your admission and SAVE!

Ages 12-59 - $17
Seniors 60+ - $12
Students (with ID) - $10
Children 2-11 - $10
Children 0-2 - Free

Genesee County Residents

All Genesee County Residents - FREE*
(please show proof of residency ID at Guest Services desk)

*Sloan Museum of Discovery educational programs are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage. Your tax dollars are at work.

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