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 After nearly four years of planning and construction, the new Sloan Museum of Discovery announced that it will re-open to the public Saturday, July 16, 2022, featuring brand new science, history and hands-on learning exhibits. The $30 million expansion and renovation of the museum was re-imagined as an inclusive center for the entire community.

 “This new museum is literally being built from the ideas of our members, guests, and the community at large,” said Todd Slisher, CEO of Flint Institute of Science and History (FISH), the nonprofit organization that oversees Sloan Museum, as well as the Longway Planetarium. “They are asking for a more inclusive and interactive museum that reflects the people who have lived in Genesee County and who are important to its foundation. That input helped us design and build a world-class museum that’s fully accessible to all.”

 For example, inside the museum is a space called The Community Gallery. This space will be co-curated with local organizations on a rotating basis to showcase community-based exhibits.

 The museum will also feature a new hands-on science gallery, Discovery Hall, that will engage visitors in earth and physical science exploration, featuring the multi-story Spaceship Earth exhibit, a Maker Space, and a large interactive water table that will teach visitors about the Great Lakes. The water table will be the first of the new hands-on science exhibits to arrive for installation in early January 2022.

 An all-new auto exhibition area, the Vehicle City Gallery, will be located inside the new Sloan Museum of Discovery. The Vehicle City Gallery is 11,000 square feet and will feature rotating vehicles showcasing the history and future of the automobile.

 Hagerman Street will prepare kids for Kindergarten through play-centric exploration. New History Gallery spaces will showcase stories of Flint and Genesee County, as well as artifacts collected from the community.

 Most exhibits will be custom made and installed by Grand Rapids-based Xibitz. “We have been extremely mindful to make galleries inclusive and flexible so that displays can change frequently,” said Curator of Collections Geoff Woodcox.

 Over 95% of the $30 million goal has been supported by grants and donations from foundations, businesses, individuals, and state government. Major supporters include the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, State of Michigan, GM Corporate Giving, and the Hagerman Foundation. Millage funding helps support operating and program expenses and allows free general admission for all Genesee County residents.

 To help close the gap to their fundraising goal and finish installing new exhibits, the new Sloan Museum of Discovery has partnered with Patronicity, a crowdfunding platform with Michigan roots. Those wishing to contribute to the capital campaign through Patronicity can learn more at Patronicity.com/Sloan or call Development Director Debbe Campbell at (810) 237-7331. To learn more, visit SloanLongway.org/DiscoverSloan.

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