Top Secret: Interactive Exhibition Highlights Espionage Technology

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Starting Saturday, Sept. 19, visitors to Sloan Museum’s newest exhibition will be given a spy file and tasked with gathering intelligence from selected exhibits to uncover information on six suspects, leading them on a journey of discovery into the secret world of spies.

The temporary exhibition will be on display in Flint through Jan. 10, 2016 and aims to demonstrate how scientific thinking can be used to solve problems in many aspects of everyday life.

Visitors also have the opportunity to use various espionage-related technologies, learn how they work and how they can be used in the wider world. Exhibits include hands-on activities including cracking the code on the lock of a transparent safe and using an oscilloscope to find a hidden bug.

“Top Secret: License to Spy” caters for a wide audience and encourages families and students to collaborate to piece together the clues and fulfill the mission.

Sloan Museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+) and $6 for youth ages 2-11. Children 1 and under enter free.

For more information, visit www.sloanlongway.org or call (810) 237-3450.

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7 Area Museums to Visit Before, During and After International Museum Day

Admission to Sloan  Museum (pictured) and the Flint Institute of Arts will be free May 18 in honor of International Museum Day

Admission to Sloan Museum (pictured) and the Flint Institute of Arts will be free May 18 in honor of International Museum Day

International Museum Day falls on Monday, May 18 this year, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Genesee County. Why not visit one of the following?*

  1. A.J. Phillips Fenton Museum: Houses military artifacts, collection of early Fenton area newspapers dating back to the 1840s and more. Open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (310 S. Leroy St., Fenton)
  2. Davison Historical Society & Museum: Showcases early Davison businesses and prominent citizens. Open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (263 E. Fourth St., Davison)
  3. Flint Children’s Museum: Inspires lifelong learning in children ages 2-10 through hands-on play. (1602 University Ave. Flint)
  4. Flint Institute of Arts: The second largest art museum in Michigan. In honor of International Museum Day, the museum will offer free admission to its galleries and special exhibitions Monday. (1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint)
  5. Flushing Area Museum: Located within the former Flushing Depot. History displays rotate periodically. Open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (431 W. Main St., Flushing)
  6. Sloan Museum: Features regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science demonstrations. In honor of International Museum Day, the museum will offer free admission Monday. (1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint)
  7. Whaley Historic House Museum: A Gilded Age museum that seeks to promote the history of Flint and inspire all forms of historical inquiry. Open 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Guided tours take approximately 45 minutes. (624 E. Kearsley St., Flint)

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*Please note that not all museums will be open May 18. Call ahead to confirm hours while planning your visit.

Flint Institute of Arts Opening New African American Art Exhibit

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Just in time for Black History Month comes a salute to African American Art in the Flint Institute of Arts’ new exhibit, “Common Ground: African American Art from the Flint Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Muskegon Museum of Art.”

You’ll have the opportunity to view the works of some of the most important African American artists, from the 19th century to present day. The selections survey the history of African American art through more than 50 works in various mediums, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper.

“Common Ground: African American Art” is open Feb. 8 through April 26 at the FIA, 1120 E. Kearsley St.

While you’re there, browse through the FIA’s outstanding collections of American, European, Native American, African and Asian art, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts featuring a complete set of 17th century French tapestries. Learn more here.

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New ‘James Perry Walker’ Exhibit Opens This Weekend at Flint Institute of Arts

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The photographs of James Perry Walker tap an emotional key, giving witness to a deep faith. You can see those photos in the new exhibit “James Perry Walker: The Preacher and His Congregation” opening Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Flint Institute of Arts.

Growing up in Marshall County, Miss., in the 1950s and ‘60s, Walker witnessed life in an isolated rural community. After graduation, he spent the summer of 1967 working as a teacher at Gatewood Baptist Church, where he attended a revival service by Reverend Cole and experienced a sermon unlike any he had heard before.

Walker moved away shortly afterward, but the memory of that sermon stayed with him. Nearly a decade later, he began a six-year project to produce a photographic essay about Reverend Cole and his congregation.

The photographs will be on display starting Saturday at the FIA, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint. The exhibit continues through April 4. Learn more here.

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Workout Time: Exercise Kids’ Brains at the Flint Children’s Museum

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It’s January, and that means we’re all thinking about working out, right? Don’t forget the little ones’ brains. They need exercise, too!

The Flint Children’s Museum, 1602 W. University Ave., presents “Puzzle Pandemonium” throughout January. Test your brain power and puzzle your mind with brain teasers, brain benders and puzzles with daily hands-on learning activities.

Come explore where the power of play inspires lifelong learning through more than 40 hands-on educational and fun exhibits, all recommended for children ages 2-10.

The Flint Children’s Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Learn more here.

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Enjoy a ‘Walk through the Pages’ during Christmas Events at Whaley House Museum

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A walk through the Whaley Historic House Museum is always full of wonder, but it will be especially so this Saturday and Dec. 20 as the museum presents “A Walk through the Pages: A Christmas Carol.”

From 1-4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, theater students will entertain museum visitors with Christmas carols and readings of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Built in 1884, the Whaley House is filled with hundreds of family and period artifacts that tell the story of the Whaleys and Victorian-era Flint. You can take a guided tour of this incredible house during the holiday season with historical decorations filling every room and each bedroom decorated to represent a character from the Dickens’ classic tale.

On Saturdays, enjoy carols and readings of “A Christmas Carol” by dressed interpreters from the University of Michigan-Flint theater department. Children will also be able to enjoy a craft, write a letter to Santa or play with “snow.”

The cost is $5 for children and $3 for students with a valid ID and children under 12. Members will receive complimentary admission.

Whaley Historic House Museum is located at 624 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Learn more here.

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