Museum of Natural History Plans Several Eclipse Events

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will celebrate the April 8 total solar eclipse with a weekend of activities.

The events will include Think & Drink with the Extinct; SolarFest: Eclipse Family Fun Days; and the community watch party Total on the Oval.

All of the events are in partnership with the Association of Science and Technology Centers and the Simons Foundation, as part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative, and the American Astronomical Society.

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Here is the schedule:

Think & Drink with the Extinct: Lights Out  

On Thursday, April 4, starting at 7 p.m., the museum’s Think & Drink with the Extinct series will continue with Lights Out, an eclipse-themed evening geared toward guests age 21 and older. Attendees will deepen their understanding of space and the upcoming eclipse while enjoying cosmic libations from local partners. Party the night away with special shows in the Nathan and Fannye Shafran planetarium, meet and greets with museum scientists, live music and more. A selection of space-themed foods will be available, and all guests will be provided with a pair of ISO-compliant glasses to safely view the eclipse a few days later. The event will cost $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers. 

SolarFest: Eclipse Family Fun Days  

Beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, SolarFest will engage the whole family in the celestial event. Featuring hands-on STEM activities and discussions with museum experts, the two-day celebration is for people of all ages. It is included with general admission and is free for all museum members.   

Total on the Oval Eclipse Watch Party  

The weekend culminates Monday, April 8, with the Total on the Oval watch party. It will be a full day of family-friendly fun, featuring live music, hands-on activities, presentations from the museum’s astronomy department and more. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with additional activities located on Wade Oval. After 2 p.m., the party will move outdoors for the eclipse, which will reach totality at approximately 3:15 p.m. The watch party is free for both museum members and nonmembers.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.