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Flint Institute of Arts

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Address: 1120 East Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503-1915
Phone Number:
+1 810-234-1695
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12:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Flint Institute of Arts is the second largest art museum in the State...

The Flint Institute of Arts is the second largest art museum in the State of Michigan and one of the largest museum art schools in the nation. Each year, more than 160,000 people visit the FIA’s galleries and participate in FIA programs and services.

For more than 85 years, the FIA has been responsible for acquiring, protecting and presenting a collection of art and artifacts spanning continents and 5,000 years. The world renowned collection, which now exceeds 8,000 objects, is significant for its depth of important European and American paintings and sculptures, 15th century to the present, and its extensive holdings of decorative and applied arts including important ethnographic study collections dating back five millennia.

The FIA promotes the power of the visual arts by providing lifelong learning opportunities to engage and educate a diverse regional audience. The FIA is committed to making art available, approachable, and accessible to all through a broad range of interpretive programs that allow multiple ways of accessing information on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions through guided tours; lectures and community dialogues; art classes, workshops and studio demonstrations; gallery, studio, and outreach programs for PreK-12, Head Start and homeschool students; films and videos; print, audio, and multimedia resources. Films and videos shown in the FIA’s 330 seat Theater are selected to appeal to three distinct audiences: adults, college students, and senior citizens. Printed exhibition and collection catalogues, gallery guides, school brochures, audio guide entries, and online resources are produced to enhance educational opportunities for the broadest possible audience.

The FIA Art School runs at full capacity from 9:00a to 9:00p with an annual enrollment of more than 1,700 students. The Art School remains dedicated to the educational enlightenment of the public through formal studio instruction in drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, glass mosaic, fiber, and metal sculpture. The school also provides summer camps for youth, free family activities, and a pre-college portfolio development program for gifted high school students.

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Good selection of art, free and a Must do in Flint

I had no idea of the existence of the FIA, I really enjoyed the visit and the Art. I got free entrance and I'm excited to go to the Rodin exhibition.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mabell C
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28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had no idea of the existence of the FIA, I really enjoyed the visit and the Art. I got free entrance and I'm excited to go to the Rodin exhibition.

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

We stopped here to see a jade exhibit and found ourselves sitting in a women’s forum. There is an exhibit at the FIA called Women of a New Tribe. These African-American women are leaders in the Flint community. Each were nominated and photographed. 49 of their portraits were selected as a permanent exhibit at the FIA. It was great to... More 

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Heather W, Digital Media Specialist at Flint Institute of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your glowing review! We really appreciate that you were able to stop by and really enjoyed your time. Please come back soon! If you are a fan of Auguste Rodin, the FIA has a sculpture exhibition titled Rodin: The Human Experience – Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections that will be open... More 

Flint, Michigan
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

This would be a gem anywhere. It's not a wold class museum, but they have a wide ranging collection that can be viewed in a day without having to rush.

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Heather W, Digital Media Specialist at Flint Institute of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review! While we are not world-class, we give it our all to be be one of the best in the nation. We hope you are able to return very soon! Visit often and bring a friend! More 

Flint, Michigan
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Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

A great place to spend a rainyday. Decided to take some local Flint talent in for a photoshoot. It was a good rainy day. Especially in between downfall.

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Heather W, Digital Media Specialist at Flint Institute of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are glad you were able to find our architecture a fitting backdrop for your photoshoot. We hope you return soon! Visit often, and bring a friend. More 

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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Always has great exhibitions from titanic to black history. Family friendly as well as a great coffee shop and souvenirs for children. Alot of it is free typically and has great convenience with its hours.

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Heather W, Digital Media Specialist at Flint Institute of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! Your enjoyment of the museum is important to us. Visit often and bring a friend! More 

Michigan
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We attended the dinner and movie special at the Flint Art Museum this February. What an enjoyable evening! The dinner was excellent...It included a glass of wine and dessert. The service and setting/food presentation was also great. For $30 per couple for an evening out with a show and time to browse the museum was well worth it.. Should this... More 

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Heather W, Digital Media Specialist at Flint Institute of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! Very glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We very may well be bringing this lovely little event back to the museum, so keep an eye on our Facebook timeline at facebook.com/flint.institute.arts/ for our latest updates. We hope to see you again, soon! Visit often, and bring a friend. More 

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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 27 January 2017

I had the wonderful pleasure of being able to attend the 2016 Art of Achievement Award Ceremony through the Chambers of Commerce. Not only is this place always a spectacular, and well profound establishment, but they also throw the most beautiful catering parties I've ever seen. The food was great, the presence of every one there was great, and the... More 

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Heather W, Digital Media Specialist at Flint Institute of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! Your visit means a lot to us and your enjoyment makes what we do all the more worthwhile. We hope to see you again soon! Visit often, and bring a friend. More 

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22 reviews
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

It's a nice place to explore different types of styles and contempory art. Along with doing homework in a quiet place.

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Heather W, Digital Media Specialist at Flint Institute of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! The galleries are definitely a good place to get some peace and quiet. Visit often and bring a friend! More 

Flint, Michigan
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10 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The hidden jewel of Michigan is the right word. Enjoy all the wonderful pieces of art. The museum even runs movies several times a month. If you want a classy place to rent, the FIA is the place for it!

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Heather W, Digital Media Specialist at Flint Institute of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We strive to make everyone's visit as enjoyable as possible. We hope you are able to return soon! Visit often, and bring a friend. More 

Grand Blanc, Michigan, United States
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This a great art museum, that has excellent rotating exhibits in addition to their permanent exhibit.

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