Four all-new, permanent interactive galleries feature hands-on science and history in the new Sloan Museum of Discovery (opening July 16, 2022). Hagerman Street Early Childhood Learning gallery is an interactive child-sized neighborhood with roundabouts for tricycles, shops, and a charming three-story tree house. The History Gallery features regional interactive history and historical vehicles, including a Hellcat Tank from WWII and rare collections of vintage and concept cars. The Durant Gallery showcases historic and rare vehicles built in Genesee County, as well as the future of automobiles. The Discovery Hall Science Gallery teaches science with fun, hands-on exhibits like the interactive Great Lakes water table, Earth Globe climbing structure, and 10 other interactives. The Coffee Beanery Café offers beverages, sandwiches, salads, and snacks; large gift shop has unique gifts, souvenirs. Three learning labs & the Discovery Lab maker’s space. Located on campus of Flint Cultural Center within walking distance of several other entertainment, arts, and educational centers.
Sloan Museum’s collections trace their history to the Genesee County Historical Society’s origins in the 1860s. In 1920 when the Historical Society disbanded, the collections were turned over to the Flint Board of Education. When the Historical Society reorganized in 1946, the collections were returned and the Society moved its exhibits to the Genesee County Court House. The Society then sought a permanent historical museum.
In 1952, the greater Flint community began planning for a College and Cultural Center. Funds were secured to build seven independent cultural facilities in a park-like setting east of downtown Flint. Two museums were planned for the new Cultural Center – a transportation museum and a local history museum. Due to the prohibitive costs of separate museums, campaign leaders decided to combine the two themes in a single facility. The Genesee County Historical Society donated its collections to the new museum, named for longtime President and Chairman of the Board of General Motors, Alfred P. Sloan, an early donor to the Cultural Center project. The Alfred P. Sloan Museum opened in 1966.