Exciting renovations are happening at Flint’s Sloan Museum, and they will be revealed to the public in June, according to Sloan*Longway’s executive director Todd Slisher.
“We’re redoing our historical exhibits as well as adding new areas,” Slisher says. “Right now most of our artifacts are packed. About 16,000 have already been moved, and there’s more still to move before construction can begin.”
Slisher says the organization wanted to ensure that locals had input into their new exhibits. “We started with focus groups, asking what people in the community wanted to see. We’re going to reveal the new design at the groundbreaking. Until then, people can see some of our exhibits at Courtland Center Mall.”
The Sloan Museum’s collections – over 400,000 artifacts from Flint’s local history and 100 vintage cars – go back to the beginning of the Genesee County Historical Society in the 1860s. After several decades of being housed in various buildings, the Historical Society donated these artifacts to a new museum in the College and Cultural Center. The museum was named for Alfred P. Sloan Jr., president and chairman of the board of General Motors, and opened in 1966.
Before closing for renovation prep in December 2018, the museum’s year-round exhibitions showcased Flint’s history, while the Temporary Gallery was filled with educational and entertaining exhibits that changed. The Buick Automotive Gallery showcased rotating exhibits of about 30 carriages and automobiles built in the city.