Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21

Share your Eclipse Glasses with schools around the globe!

Starting Friday, September 8, the Science Museum will collect your used Eclipse Glasses so we can share them with schoolchildren in South America and Asia who will witness an eclipse in 2019. Simply bring your used glasses to the museum during regular hours of operation and a staff person will add your contribution to the donation box. Help us reach our goal of 500 donations! Deadline to participate is Saturday, September 30.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

On Monday, August 21, North America is in for an astronomic treat: a solar eclipse! For a portion of that day, the moon will cover at least part of the sun, creating a spectacular visual effect. What better place to experience this celestial event than at the Science Museum?

Enjoy eclipse-themed activities and make-and-take projects. Learn what an eclipse is, discover why it looks different depending on your location in North America, and explore other space-related fun.

Because Minnesota is not in the path of totality (a narrow strip of land that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina this time around), we won’t witness a total eclipse here in Saint Paul. Most of Minnesota will be able to see a 80% eclipse, though (weather permitting). At 1:07 p.m., join us on the level 3 terrace for an eclipse viewing party. Get safety tips for the viewing, including free eclipse glasses, and witness this cool cosmic event with us!

Included with museum admission.

What's the safest way to view the solar eclipse?
We've been getting a lot of questions about the safest way to view the solar eclipse on August 21. Dr. Michael Floyd, an ophthalmologist with HealthPartners, has some good advice on what to look for.

What's the safest way to view the solar eclipse?

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