Arts and culture are engrained into the fabric of Flint. From a world-class cultural center that includes 11 institutions to various galleries, art walks, bookstores and libraries, Flint has plenty of arts and culture to explore.

The Flint Cultural Center features arts and culture institutions including the Flint Institute of Arts, the second largest fine arts museum in Michigan; the Whiting, a performance venue that hosts regional, national and international acts; Sloan Museum, which houses of 600 artifacts and photographs featuring Flint’s history; and Longway Planetarium, the country’s most technologically advanced planetarium.

Also in the Cultural Center is the Flint Public Library. A staple in the community since 1851, the library holds more than just books. Over the last 167 years, the library has collected and preserved the history of the community. It also holds a vast genealogy collection.

Totem Books is a local used-book bookstore and café featuring hundreds of books including hard to find treasures over a wide selection of genres. The bookstore also hosts events for the community such as open mic nights and children story hours.

Local galleries include the Mott-Warsh Collection, a private collection of fine art by artists of the African diaspora, and the Greater Flint Arts Council gallery, which displays art from local artists.

The Flint Children’s Museum, on the campus of Kettering University, aims to inspire a love for learning and awaken imagination through exploration and hands-on play. The museum features exhibits such as How Things Work, Transportation Alley and Our Town.

Discover these venues and many more attractions for only $1.00 during Be a Tourist in Your Home Town, July 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. sponsored by the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau and MTA. Purchase your passport in advance for the chance to win two tickets to the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren.

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