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Eclipse Preview Weekend

Saturday, Feb. 24 & Sunday, Feb. 25 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Build excitement for the April 8 eclipse!

Join us on this full-moon weekend for a preview of what’s to come during our Solar Spectacle Festival (April 5 – 8)! Learn about the science of eclipses in our Nature Center, explore the 19th-century eclipse experience in our Historic Village and Gallery, and more! Plus, grab a bite to eat and drink in the Meeting Center Lounge. 

ALL VISITORS TODAY WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR 1 GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET FOR OUR ECLIPSE VIEWING DAY ON APRIL 8! 

Saturday's Programming

11:30 a.m.: Guided Nature Hike
Join a GCV&M Naturalist for a guided nature walk through our Nature Trails! 

1 p.m.: Farm Animal Encounter at the Early Settlement Farm 
Stop by to see what the farmer’s are working on and meet a farmyard friend!

1 p.m.: Talk: Eclipses in the 19th Century (Meeting center Auditorium)
Join Senior Director of Interpretation Mary Challman for an exploration of how 19th-century Americans observed and recorded solar eclipses, and try your hand at a corona-drawing activity that was distributed to citizens by the US Navy in the 19th century!

2 p.m.: Talk: “Factually Frocked: Gendering Children in 19th-century America
This talk (hosted by Curator Brandon W. Brooks) will debut the latest addition to “Becoming Gendered,” a micro-exhibit of daguerreotypes, cabinet cards, carte-de-visite, tintypes, and ambrotypes of boys and girls in various stages of childhood development. 

Today’s highlights:

  • Shop new eclipse merchandise in the Flint Hill Store
  • Learn about the science of eclipses at the Nature center 
  • Head to the John L. Wehle Gallery to explore two exhibits and see a display of 19th-century eclipse-related materials 
  • Explore a handful of open buildings around the Village Square including the Livingston-Backus House, Altay General Store, Foster-Tufts House, and MacKay House
  • Borrow a pair of binoculars and try your luck at birding bingo in the Nature Center or Nature Trails 
  • Warm up beside an outdoor campfire at the Nature Center and roast a marshmallow 

Sunday's Programming

11:30 a.m.: Tracks & Scat Walk at the Nature Center 
Join our naturalists to learn how to identify critters out and about in the winter snow! 

1 p.m.: Farm Animal Encounter at the Early Settlement Farm 
Stop by to see what the farmer’s are working on and meet a farmyard friend!

Today’s highlights:

  • Shop new eclipse merchandise in the Flint Hill Store
  • Learn about the science of eclipses at the Nature center 
  • Head to the John L. Wehle Gallery to explore two exhibits and see a display of 19th-century eclipse-related materials 
  • Explore a handful of open buildings around the Village Square including the Livingston-Backus House, Altay General Store, Foster-Tufts House, and MacKay House
  • Borrow a pair of binoculars and try your luck at birding bingo in the Nature Center or Nature Trails 
  • Warm up beside an outdoor campfire at the Nature Center and roast a marshmallow 

Ticket Information

Museum Members: FREE 

General Adult: $10 

General Youth (3 – 12): $7

Children under 3: FREE 

Museum Members are guaranteed free admission and don’t need to purchase tickets in advance! 

FAQs

Is there ample parking?

Parking is free and plentiful! Park in any of the main lots at the front of the Museum. Please leave the first two bays available for handicapped parking. 

Where do I check in?

Check-in will be at the front of the Museum. You can also purchase tickets for this event in the Flint Hill Store. 

How do I show my purchased tickets?

Please have your ticket(s) either printed out OR pulled up on your phone screen and ready for scanning for quick and easy check-in. Pro-tip: take a screenshot of each of your tickets to have ready and pulled up on your phone screen! Please note: Wifi can sometimes be spotty at the front of the Museum. 

Is this event rain or shine?

Yes – this event is rain or shine! Please dress accordingly for the predicted weather conditions. We will cancel only in the case of thunderstorms or severe weather.

How should I dress?

Please dress accordingly for the predicted weather conditions.  

We recommend wearing a good pair of walking shoes – there is a lot to see and do, and surfaces in the Historic Village (brick paths, cobblestone, grass), can be uneven. 

What if I need a refund for my ticket?

We’re sorry to hear that you’re not able to attend! Tickets may be refunded only up to 7 days prior to the event date and are strictly non-transferable by date, entry time, or program. 

Where can I get food and drink?

The Meeting Center Lounge will be offering a limited menu from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.! 

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