Flint Children's Museum

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Flint Children's Museum
Established 1980
Location Flint, Michigan
Coordinates 43°00′51″N 83°42′42″W / 43.01405°N 83.71173°W / 43.01405; -83.71173
Type Children's museum
Website www.flintchildrensmuseum.org
Association of Science-Technology Centers
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Flint Children's Museum in Flint, Michigan was inspired by a visit to a Washington D.C. children’s museum in 1979. Local educator Mary Newman began Flint Children's Museum.[citation needed]

Located on the campus of Kettering University at 1602 University Ave. (Formerly Third Ave.) in Flint.[1]


In 1980, a hands-on antiques and crafts exhibit for children was installed at Flint’s Sloan Museum. By 1986, the exhibit had grown so significantly that, with community support and additional grants, the Flint Children’s Museum’s first permanent location was established at NorthBank Center in downtown Flint, operating there for 7 years.[citation needed]

An anonymous gift in 1990 created the Mary Newman Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. That fund, named for the museum’s founder and first Executive Director, has since grown to over 1 million dollars, and the proceeds from that fund continue to provide support for the museum.[citation needed]

The current facility was donated by Kettering University, designated to house the Children’s Museum through a long-term lease. The Museum has been operating at this location since 1993.[citation needed]

Exhibits & Programs

Educational hands-on exhibits for children:[citation needed]

  • Mr. Bones - showing how our skeletons work
  • The Discovery Zone - a rotating exhibit space where there is always something new
  • Our Town - where they can shop for groceries or visit Frac-tions Pizza Parlor
  • Recycled Rhythms - where they can develop their musical skills on a variety of unconventional instruments
  • Center Stage - where young performers can act out anything they imagine
  • The Tot Spot - a safe space with activities for our visitors ages 0–3
  • Sproutside - a natural, outdoor learning area

Monthly Themed Activities

[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Flint Children's Museum".

External links

  • Flint Children's Museum webpage

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