FLINT — Sloan Museum in the Flint Cultural Center will close for renovations Dec. 9, and will remain open at Courtland Center Mall.
Admission is free for everyone at Sloan Museum in the Flint Cultural Center until the building closes Dec. 9, and visitors can experience the Flint history galleries, the “Race: Are We So Different?” traveling exhibit, and the family gallery, “Wisner’s Whizbang Emporium.” Sloan Museum’s renovation will be fully funded by private donors. No Arts & Culture Millage dollars will be used for the project.
More information about the renovation project will be available soon. “We urge everyone to take advantage of the free admission and come take a last stroll through the current Flint history galleries at Sloan Museum in the Flint Cultural Center,” Todd Slisher, Executive Director of Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium, said. “We are excited to renovate these galleries, which have remained stagnant for over 20 years.” Beginning Jan. 17, admission to Sloan Museum at Courtland Center will be free for Genesee County residents, and a new traveling exhibit Rainforest Adventure will debut Jan. 19.
Admission to the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit at the Courtland Center location is currently $3 per person for Genesee County residents. Sloan Museum is in the planning phase of its renovation project, and is seeking community participation in reimagining its Flint history exhibits. Several focus groups will be held around Flint and Genesee County, and residents are invited to attend and share their ideas for the future of the museum. “We’re preparing for our exhibits to undergo a radical transformation, and we want the entire community to be part of the process of imagining what an inclusive view of Flint’s history looks like,” Slisher said. Individuals can sign up to participate by sending an email to Sloan@SloanLongway.org. They will be contacted with information about the project and future focus group dates. Those who cannot attend in person are invited to send their ideas via email to Sloan@SloanLongway.org.
The Alfred P. Sloan Museum and Perry Archives opened in 1966 as a local history and transportation museum, with much of the early collection of artifacts donated by the Genesee County Historical Society. Through donations from community members and occasional purchases, Sloan Museum has amassed a collection of 400,000 objects chronicling the history of Flint and Genesee County. “We are proud to have the privilege of preserving, collecting, and presenting Genesee County’s history,” Slisher said. “We look forward to working with the community to improve our history exhibits. Our goal is for the new Flint history exhibits to open up access to the museum by telling stories that showcase diverse perspectives. We want to make sure that everyone in our community can see their personal histories reflected in the stories we tell.”
Sloan Museum in the Flint Cultural Center is open through Dec. 9. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Sloan Museum will remain open at Courtland Center Mall during the renovation project, with a brief closing period for an exhibit installation, Jan. 7-16.
Admission is $3 per person for Genesee County residents through January 6, and free for Genesee County residents beginning Jan. 17.
Details: Call 810-237-3450 or visit SloanMuseum.org. — G.G.