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Solar Spectacle: A Total Solar Eclipse at GCV&M

Monday, April 8, 2024

A once-in-a-century experience!

A Total Solar Eclipse will be occurring over the greater Rochester area and Mumford, NY on April 8, at 3:20 p.m.! Mumford, NY is in the Path of Totality and will experience a 3 minute and 32 second total solar eclipse.  

Genesee Country Village & Museum is excited to be offering the opportunity to experience totality in a 19th-century Historic Village – plus three days of celestial celebrations leading up to the total solar eclipse (April 5 – 7). Plan ahead and select your unique home-base for Eclipse Viewing Day – whether that is a private building in the Historic Village, one of our unique hospitality packages, or our Drive-In/Festival Grounds option. Or, select our new individual general admission ticket option! 

Don’t forget – your next chance to see a total solar eclipse in Rochester will be in 2144, so make this one extra special! Click the buttons below to grab your tickets now and ensure you get the early bird price. 

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Why Mumford, NY?

Enjoy access to acres of wide open space and un-obstructed eclipse views when you join us at Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, NY, for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024! 

Step outside of the hustle and bustle of cities like Rochester and Buffalo when you join us for a festival-like atmosphere without the crowds or light pollution big cities will see during this weekend of high-traffic tourism. Enjoy free, non-competitive parking, four designated viewing areas with un-obstructed sightline to totality, an all-access pass for food and non-alcoholic beverage included with the cost most ticket packages, fascinating hands-on historical programming in our 19th-century Village, Gallery, and Nature Center, and so much more. 

Less than 2,000 lucky individuals (spread out over hundreds of acres!) will have the opportunity to join us for this solar spectacle – don’t hesitate – reserve your spot today!

Explore our ticket packages for eclipse viewing day

Choose your home base! Select from our VIP experience (rent a historic home for the day as a group or as an individual), our Hospitality Package (enjoy our cozy event spaces + all-day food and drink), or select from our most affordable options –  Drive-In/Festival Grounds General Admission Ticket (bring your own picnic and pop-up, plus have access to all festival grounds and programming) and Individual Festival Grounds Admission Ticket.  

All packages include eclipse viewing glasses, all-day historical programming and festivities in the Village, Gallery, and Nature Center. 

Our Historic Village and Hospitality packages offer all-day access to food and non-alcoholic beverage. These ticket purchasers will enjoy a spread including a continental breakfast, totality tasty themed lunch buffet, and all-day beverage station. With questions about the menu specifics, please reach out to eclipse2024@gcv.org.

Explore the 19th-century eclipse experience

Programming in the Historic Village

Enjoy a once-in-a-century experience on Monday, April 8! As you make your way around our 19th-century Historic Village, explore how 19th-century Americans viewed, understood, and recorded total solar eclipses (there was a total solar eclipse in Rochester in 1860!).

  • Learn about the connections between eclipses, the weather, and the US Navy in the Telegraph Office
  • Visit the Print Office to see reproductions of 19th-century articles about eclipses in production 
  • Learn about women in science like Maria Mitchell (pictured here) when you visit the Romulus Seminary
  • Write your own celestially-inspired poem and learn about Mary Loomis Todd in the One Room Schoolhouse
  • Explore religious interpretations of celestial phenomena in the Shaker Trustees’ Building
  • Delve into celestial photography in the Eastman Boyhood Home
  • Learn all about 19th-century astronomical observation and scholarship in Rochester through historical figure Lewis Swift in the Livingston-Backus House 
  • and so much more!
 
(Image: Archives and Special Collections, Vassar College Library, Identifier No. 08.09.04)

Step into the science of solar eclipses

Programming in the Nature Center

Step into the science of total solar eclipses at our Nature Center! Join naturalists for fascinating programming during our eclipse event!

  • Make your own pinhole camera
  • Observe the skies through a telescope with the help of a naturalist
  • Participate in an interactive “to-scale” eclipse model on the Great Meadow
  • and so much more!

Learn through art and Museum collections

Programming in the John L. Wehle Gallery

Make your way to the John L. Wehle Gallery to explore the concept of total solar eclipse and other celestial happenings throughout history using art, collections, and objects! 

  • Attend 19th-century-style Magic Lantern Shows (twice daily) 
  • Explore a brand new exhibit installation underway in our main gallery 
  • Enjoy the exhibit “Becoming Gendered: Garment as Gender Artifact” 
  • and so much more!

Totality Tasty

Food & Drink Offerings

All visitors can enjoy totality tasty food and drink offerings throughout campus: 

  • 19th-century celestially-themed treats and baked goods in the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery 
  • Rohrbach’s Brewing Co. Totality Black Lager on draft 
  • Food and drink available in the Depot Restaurant 
  • GCV&M’s historical craft beers (Fat Ox Ale and Stocking Hill Ale) on draft
  • and so much more!

Keep scrolling to learn more about the gourmet food and beverage offerings for our Hospitality Ticket Packages.

Celestial Festival Fun

Music, vendors, and more!

Stop by our festival tent for live music, face painting, local vendors with eclipse-themed merchandise, get a 360 photo taken by Roc Photo Booth, enjoy totality tasty treats, and more!

Participating Vendors Include:

 

Check back soon as our list continues to grow!

Make once-in-a-century memories

Make sure your eclipse experience is one you’ll never forget!

Have a souvenir tin type photograph taken, purchase limited-edition GCV&M eclipse merchandise, and witness totality in truly the most unique, wide-open setting free of crowds, light pollution, and the bustle of cities like Buffalo and Rochester! 

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about our exclusive eclipse merchandise. 

Science of the eclipse

“The Moon will begin to cover the Sun at 2:07 p.m. Using a safe solar viewing method, we will see more and more of the Sun covered by the Moon over the next 73 minutes. This time is called a partial phase because the Sun is partially covered by the Moon. Totality begins at 3:20 p.m. and lasts 3 minutes 38 seconds (plus or minus a few seconds, depending on your exact location). After totality, the Moon gradually uncovers the Sun in a second partial phase. The eclipse ends for Rochester viewers at 4:33 p.m.” (Roc Eclipse 2024

Join us for the Solar Spectacle Festival!

Friday, April 5 - Sunday, April 7

Leading up to the Total Solar Eclipse over the greater Rochester area and Mumford, NY on April 8, at 3:20 p.m., Genesee Country Village & Museum is excited to host a three-day Solar Spectacle Festival! 

Explore how 19th-century New Yorkers experienced and recorded celestial events like eclipses as you explore our Historic Village, attend a Magic Lantern Show or enter a mobile planetarium in the John L. Wehle Gallery, dive into the science of eclipses at our Nature Center, enjoy totality tasty themed food and drink, and so much more!

Ticket Information

Meeting Center Hospitality Package: $150 per person 

Exhibition Barn Hospitality Package: $110 per person 

Carriage Barn Hospitality Package: $110 per person 

VIP Individual Admission Ticket: $185 

Drive-In/Festival Grounds General Admission Ticket: $225 per car (General Public), $200 (Museum Member)

Individual Festival Grounds General Admission Ticket: $55 (General Public), $45 (Museum Member)

Kids under the age of 3: FREE 

 

Interested in booking a VIP Historic Village experience? Contact afrederick@gcv.org to learn more! 

FAQs

What is the capacity for this event?

Tickets for the Solar Spectacle are capped at roughly 2,000 total people on-site on Monday, April 8. 

Our guests will be spread throughout four un-obstructed viewing spaces over hundreds of acres. 

Step outside of the hustle and bustle of cities like Rochester and Buffalo when you join us for a festival-like atmosphere without the crowds or light pollution big cities will see during this weekend of high-traffic tourism.

Can tickets be purchased at the door? Are tickets refundable?

Tickets can not be purchased at the door, and are available for pre-sale only. Tickets are strictly non- refundable. 

Even if I did not buy a ticket package, can I still come walk around on this day?

No. Access to the Museum will be restricted to those who purchased tickets for the VIP Historic Village Viewing Package, Hospitality Package, or South Field Drive-In/Festival Grounds. 

What kind of food and drinks are included in the hospitality and Historic Village packages?

We’re excited to offer all-day access to food catered by Partyman Catering and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Cash bars will be available throughout the Museum grounds for those looking to drink historical craft beer, local beers, hard cider, wine, and more. 

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No – please do not bring your own alcoholic beverages to GCV&M. 

Cash bars will be available throughout the Museum grounds for those looking to drink historical craft beer, local beers, hard cider, wine, and more. 

How will I get my tickets and parking information?

Prior to the event, ticket buyers will receive a package including: printed tickets, parking zone pass, and other relevant event information. Please plan to bring your packet with you and display your parking zone pass on your dashboard upon arrival. 

What are rules/restrictions for the Drive-In ticket?

For those looking to take advantage of our South Field Drive-In, please note:

Registered cars, trucks, and passenger vehicles will be accommodated in South Field. Guests may bring a 10×10 pop-up, food and non-alcoholic beverages,  camp chairs, and as many guests as you can comfortably fit in your vehicle. Please no outside grills, fires, or flame – guests will have access to bonfires on site staffed and maintained by GCV&M employees. 

If the vehicle you’re looking to bring is larger than the size of a normal parking space, please reach out to us at eclipse2024@gcv.org to inquire about our parking lot availability. 

Will I get eclipse viewing glasses?

Yes! Every guest for our Solar Spectacle will receive a pair of safe eclipse viewers (from Rochester Museum & Science Center) upon arrival – included with the cost of your ticket. 

When can I arrive and depart on April 8?

ARRIVAL: Gates will open at 9 a.m. for arrival, parking, and setup on Monday, April 8. Programming in the Historic Village, Gallery, and Nature Center will begin at 10 a.m.

Parking is limited and available only for ticket holders. Parking attendants will be onsite directing guests to check-in and head to their designated parking zones. 

DEPARTURE: Barring emergency circumstances, guests should plan to remain on-site until totality ends at 4:33 p.m. 

Traffic Advisory

Traffic volume is expected to be very high on Monday, April 8. Please plan your travel route in advance and allow for extra travel time. Consider using 511NY for current travel conditions. 

Can I bring my pet?

We ask that furry friends stay at home for this event. 

Service animals are, of course, welcome. 

What is the Eclipse After Party?

After the full progression of the solar eclipse, we’ll be celebrating in style in the Meeting Center Lounge! Enjoy live music, food, a cash bar, additional eclipse-related programming, and more. 

After Party access is offered to guests who purchase VIP Historic Village Experiences and the Meeting Center Hospitality Package only. 

I'm a member of the media and would like to report from GCV&M during this event - can I do that?

Yes! We are welcoming the media to join us for this once-in-a-century event and have a suite of amenities available to our friends in the media. Please reach out to Director of Communications, Paige Engard, at pengard@gcv.org or 585-474-7695.

Is it safe to view the eclipse and how will I know when to wear eclipse glasses?

Yes, viewing the eclipse is safe during totality, and in the lead-up to totality, it is safe to view the sun while wearing eclipse viewing glasses (provided by GCV&M). It is important to take appropriate precautions while viewing a total solar eclipse. To avoid eye damage, watch the eclipse through your eclipse ‘glasses’ available at satellite stations located in each viewing area. Avoid looking directly at the sun in the partial phases of the eclipse. There will be a brief period of time during totality that will be safe to view the sun without protective wear. This 3- minute window will be announced during the eclipse viewing by GCV&M staff members. 

Will cloudy weather affect viewing?

Cloud cover may affect viewing, but nothing will change the magic of experiencing “twilight during the day” surrounded by fellow eclipse viewers. We are prepared for any weather, but hope for clear skies and a full view of this mighty eclipse!

What is a Total Solar Eclipse and how rare is it?

A total solar eclipse occurs when a new moon passes between the sun and the earth, creating an iconic Solar Corona around the moon’s shadow, also known as the antumbra. Globally total solar eclipses occur at least twice a year, but viewing one in its path of totality is a once in a lifetime experience! The last fully visible solar eclipse occurred in Rochester, NY in 1925, and the next opportunity to see an eclipse in Rochester will be 2144. 

Who can I contact with questions?

Questions about this event or the eclipse?

Please feel free to reach out to us at eclipse2024@gcv.org and be sure to leave a phone call in your email message. 

I am a Museum Member but did not buy a ticket for this day. Can I still come to the Museum to walk around?

No. You must have pre-purchased tickets for one of our three viewing packages for access to the Museum on this day. 

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