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April 6 - April 8, 2024

Total Solar Eclipse

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Join us for an out-of-this-world weekend!


Saturday, April 6th

Sunday, April 7th

  • 1 – 5 pm: Museum Open
  • 1 – 5 pm: Rotating STEAM Activities
    • Included with admission
  • 1 – 3 pm: Special Artist Pop Up with Ms. Julia

Monday, April 8th – Day of the Eclipse!

  • Museum Closed
  • 12 – 4 pm: Children’s Museum at Eclipse Day Downtown! in Perry Square
    • Eclipse Solar STEAM Activities
    • Learn about the history of the eclipse and what’s happening in the sky in Erie
    • Learn how the eclipse works
    • Meet with the Strong Vincent students and hear about the Einstein Project
    • See the Telescope and learn how the museum is recording the eclipse to send to space scientists, including NASA
    • 1 pm: Meet an Astro Physicist and previous Children’s Museum Fun Facilitator, Zach Lewis
    • 3:16: Eclipse reaches totality! Erie will go DARK
MembershipFree Entry
Child (Age 1 – 17)$10.00
Adult (Age 18 & Older)$10.00
Senior (Age 62 & Older)$8.00
Military (with ID)
*Valid for 6 guests
AAA (with ID)$8.00*
Museums for All
*Valid for 8 guests

Rotating STEAM Activities include: Solar Shadows, Pinhole Projectors, Magnetic Space Slime, and Wegmans’ Cookie Moon Phases


Thank you Wegmans for providing cookies and volunteers for our Cookie Moon Phases!

Erie Downtown Partnership is encouraging attendees to keep traffic issues in mind and either walk or carpool to the event if possible.

The Erie Downtown Partnership will be joining partners expERIEnce Children’s Museum and others to program Perry Square on April 8, 2024 with a kids’ educational fair for the Total Solar Eclipse. The event will start at noon and feature children’s STEAM learning activities, the Erie County Library Bookmobile, a visit from three teaching representatives from NASA, astrophysicists, and more. Penn State Behrend and Gannon University will be in East Perry Square with a special sunscreen window for small children to be able to safely view the eclipse without having to keep glasses on.

Zach Lewis is a graduate student in astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was born and raised in Erie, and worked at the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum in high school, where he discovered the joy of bringing science to others. This led him to a degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, and he is now pursuing a doctorate in astronomy.

Kristina Leiter headshot photo by the expERIEnce Children's Museum Kristina Leiter child portrait by the expERIEnce Children's Museum
Kristina Leiter

Director of Member and Visitor ExpERIEnce

Claire West

Education Manager

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