Welcome to the FIA! As of March 2, 2022, masks are optional for FIA visitors and employees. Out of consideration for those who wish to exercise caution, masks are recommended to be worn while in the FIA Theater or doing large-capacity events. If you are experiencing COVID-19 or cold/flu symptoms, we recommend that you stay home and visit us another time.
Your Tax Dollars at Work
Thanks to the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage, Genesee County residents receive free museum admission every day at the Flint Institute of Arts.
The FIA is thankful to have the support of Genesee County voters, who recognize the benefit of not only the visual arts, but also the value of the other cultural institutions included in the millage funding: The Flint Institute of Music, The Whiting Auditorium and the Capitol Theatre, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Flint School of the Performing Arts, Flint Repertory Theatre, Sloan Museum, Longway Planetarium, the New McCree Theatre, Friends of Berston, and the Greater Flint Arts Council.
Together, these organizations help make our community even more vibrant, offering programming designed to be accessible to all citizens. Visit the FIA to see your tax dollars at work!
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
The Palette Café
Galleries are closed on major holidays
The Museum Shop and The Palette Café is open extended hours for select special events
This includes special exhibitions and permanent collection.
Request a Tour
Booking your school, college, or adult group tour at the Flint Institute of Arts is easy. Contact the Education Department at 810.237.7314 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Guided tours are available for groups of ten or more people. One-months notice is needed to schedule tours. We ask that all tour groups planning to visit the FIA contact us so that we can best prepare for your arrival. This includes self-guided groups as well as a groups requesting a guided tour.
* Note: Tour participants at the FIA, with permission, may be photographed for promotional purposes.
Huntington celebrates the Flint Institute of Arts by providing everyone access free of charge every Saturday.
Huntington’s “Welcome” philosophy is a perfect fit for Free Saturdays at the Flint Institute of Arts and an open invitation for all to come, see, and experience art. Throughout its 150-year history, Huntington has committed to a full scope of community investments from business growth, affordable housing and financial education to sustaining a better quality of life through support of arts and education.
John Henry, FIA Executive Director said “we are very grateful to Huntington for making our communities better places to live by providing everyone access to the FIA’s extraordinary collection and temporary exhibitions each week without charge. The increased activity on Huntington Free Saturdays generates a level of energy and enthusiasm which makes our museum a truly exciting place to be.
The Flint Institute of Arts has partnered with the Institute of Museum and Library Services to participate in Museums for All, a cooperative initiative created to give all families from all backgrounds the opportunity to become a regular visitor of museums.
Present your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid photo ID to a Visitor Services Representative at the FIA Lobby front desk. This will allow up to 4 individuals per EBT card admission to the museum for free. This benefit is exclusively reserved for admission to the museum and cannot be applied to any special events or programs at the FIA and may not be used in the FIA Museum Shop, at The Palette Café, or in the FIA Art School.
What to know before you visit the FIA.
Visitor Services Our knowledgeable Visitor Services team is eager to greet you when you enter the Lobby of the Flint Institute of Arts. They are waiting to direct you in beginning your self-guided tour throughout the galleries, with audio guides and a detailed floor plan of the grounds. They are able to answer any questions about the museum, or assist you with any of your concerns.
Conduct Gum, food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries. Visitors are asked not to touch any of the artwork in the FIA. Works of art are very fragile, even those made of stone and metal. Salts and oil residues from visitors' hands destroy the surfaces of works of art over time. It is our responsibility to preserve and protect the works of art in our public trust for future generations.
Photography Photography for personal use is permitted in permanent collection galleries, except where “No Photography” is noted on an object’s label with the symbol above. Photography in temporary exhibition galleries is not permitted. Photographs may not be published, distributed or sold for commercial purposes. Flash photography, tripods, and selfie-sticks are not permitted in the museum.
Coat Check Free coat check service is offered to visitors at the Visitor Service desk at the North entrance of the building. Large purses, bags, backpacks, packages, umbrellas must be checked. Lockers are available free of charge for such items. Strollers may also be checked.
Parking Free parking is available on both the North and South entrances of the building. Overflow parking is available using Flint Central High School's parking lot, adjacent to the South end of the FIA.
Restrooms Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available in the lobby, in the Art School and on the second floor.
Wheelchairs The entire Institute is wheelchair accessible through both North and South entrances, and an elevator is located near the first floor restrooms. Wheelchairs are available to use free of charge on a first come first served basis at the Visitor Service desk at the North entrance of the building. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available in the lobby, in the Art School and on the second floor.
Assistance Companions or caregivers of persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge to the museum. The FIA's Visitor Service team is prepared to give assistance to those in need.
Service Animals The FIA complies with all ADA requirements and accepts service animals in the museum as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2010. Types of Service Dogs may include, but are not limited to: Guide Dog, Mobility Aid Dog, Seizure Alert Dog, PTSD Dog, Hearing Alert Dog, Diabetes Alert Dog, Migraine Alert Dog, Narcolepsy Alert Dog, Seizure Response Dog, Psychiatric Service Dog.
Emotional Support Animals The FIA does not allow Emotional Support Animals (ESA) on site. Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, are not considered service animals under the ADA. Types of Emotional Support Animals may include, but are not limited to: companionship animals; animals to relieve loneliness; animals to help with depression; animals to help with anxiety; animals to help with certain phobias.
Listening Devices Listening devices are available for use with Audio Guides.
Enchroma Glasses Three pairs of Enchroma colorblind vision correcting glasses are available free of charge to FIA visitors for patrons who experience red/green color vision deficiencies.
Visiting Flint Once again, the City of Flint is becoming a bustling hub of activity. New restaurants, bars, art studios, lofts, attractions, specialty shops, and façades are transforming the streets to reflect a time of change. Stop into one of these local businesses during your stay here at the Flint Institute of Arts and experience some great food, art, and shopping!
Parking is available on the street or in secured paid parking lots/ramps.
Book discussions focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related to art, art museums, or FIA collections. The first meeting for each book sets the stage by exploring artists and artwork related to the selected book. Two weeks later, the book is discussed. These free programs are offered on Wednesdays at 1:30p.