Photos by // Michael Gleason Photography
Ground Breaking – On June 12, the Sloan Museum revealed its transformation in a ground-breaking ceremony.
The museum’s $26 million renovation is focused on interactive, family-friendly activities that are not only fun but educational. There is still a shortfall of $4 million, for which the museum is seeking donations on their website. The C. S. Mott Foundation will match contributions two-to-one through December in “The Million Dollar Match.”
The museum has kept its signature automotive gallery, and added an early childhood exhibit to prepare kids for kindergarten, a hand’s-on museum, experiential learning labs and other displays to spark a spirit of creative learning about STEM subjects as well as history.
Flint history will take center stage, with diverse exhibits reflecting the reality of the city’s development, challenges and triumphs. In the Hand’s-On Science Discovery Hall, visitors can learn about our planet, as well as create projects in the Maker Space.
The Vehicle City Gallery from the Buick Gallery will move to Sloan. The exhibit features the automobile’s past, present and future.
The museum is in the Flint Cultural Center, within walking distance of downtown Flint. Renovation began in July and the new museum is slated to open in 2021. Former field trip capacity was 60,000 students, and the renovation will increase that number to 90,000.
Currently, the museum has moved to a temporary location at Courtland Center at 4190 E. Court St. in Burton next to El Cozumel Mexican Grill. Hours are Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 12-5 p.m. Last admittance is at 4:30 p.m. Phone: 810-237-3450. Free for Genesee County residents and members. Non-Residents: $8 adults, $7 seniors 60+, $6 youth ages 2-11. Children 1 and younger: Free. ASTC, veterans, active duty military families and teachers: free.