2024 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

eclipse 2024 viewing party
Monday, April 8, 2024 | 1:30 - 5:00 pm
Front of Museum Steps, along 20th Street sidewalk

Join Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts for a free community-wide viewing party as the moon takes center stage to cast its shadow on the Earth! Safely observe the solar eclipse under our large solar filter tents, or through our specially equipped telescopes—or even your own eclipse glasses. Whether a seasoned stargazer or a first-time eclipse viewer, be prepared for an afternoon celestial celebration!  

The event is free and open to the public. Museum admission not included.

Featured Programming

Solar Viewing Stations: Safely observe the solar eclipse through large solar filter tents or specially equipped telescopes provided by our team of amateur astronomers.  

Beer Garden: Enjoy an eclipse-related menu of food and drinks available for purchase, catered by Seravezza Events. 

Entertainment: DJ Ben Arsenal sets the mood for this celebratory gathering with a custom designed soundtrack. 

Federal Donuts & Chicken: First 200 guests will receive an exclusive TFI Solar Eclipse donut, in partnership with Federal Donuts & Chicken, to celebrate TFI's 200th Anniversary. 

SOLD OUT! Solar Eclipse Glasses: Available for purchase in advance at the SciStore or onsite during the event. 

Headshot of the Franklin Institute's Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts.
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Eclipse Timing

2:08p – Partial eclipse begins  

3:23p – Maximum eclipse  

4:35p – Eclipse ends 

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Solar Eclipse Animation

Eclipse Hub

Visit our Eclipse Hub to learn all about solar eclipses and DIY fun. 


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Guest Librarian from Philadelphia Parkway Central branch, Scout Mayor,

Special Storytime

Museum admission required

Join Librarian Scout at 10:15 am in the museum's Atrium for stories, songs, and rhymes about the eclipse! Intended for our friends ages 6 and under and their caregivers. 

Wondrous Space

Wondrous Space

Museum admission required 

Enjoy live streams of totality in the Wondrous Space Exhibit, using streams presented by the Exploratorium starting at 1:00 pm. 


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