Join us for eclipse-themed events and exhibits around the state!

*Some sites will not be in the eclipse’s 124-mile-wide path of totality in Ohio. You will be able to view the eclipse from these sites, though it will not be total.

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Exhibit Opening: Manifestation of Light—Exploring the Shakers’ Celestial Inspiration

Shaker Historical Museum

March 8, 2024

Enjoy light food and drink while celebrating the opening of Manifestation of Light—Exploring the Shakers’ Celestial Inspiration. Inspired by the highly anticipated solar eclipse, this unique exhibit delves into Shaker artwork and writing inspired by the sun, moon and stars. Manifestation of Light is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Free, no registration required.

The Sky This Month—Eclipse Preview

Cedar Bog

March 9, 2024

Join Cedar Bog Nature Preserve and Patrick Craig as we prepare for the total solar eclipse. Patrick will walk us through what to look for and how to prepare for the event. This will be an inside & outside event, so dress for the weather!

Shaker Star Party

Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights

March 16, 2024

Join Shaker Historical Museum and a local astronomer for a Shaker Heights star party, where we’ll create cereal box eclipse viewers and gain insight into deciphering the winter night sky. Free with required advance registration.

Spring into History

Ohio History Center, Columbus

March 23, 24, 30 & April 6 & 7

Schools may be on spring break, but the Ohio History Center is in session! Join us to learn about eclipses through daily programs and hands-on activities in preparation for the April 8 solar eclipse. Also, explore Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks as featured in our current exhibit, Indigenous Wonders of Our World. Included with museum admission. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission.

Spiegel Glow

Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

April 5, 2024

Get ready for the big eclipse coming on Monday with a night of fun, space and eclipse-themed activities at the Hayes Museum. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

 

2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

April 6–8, 2024

Witness the absolute wonder of a total solar eclipse in the hometown of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong! With 3 minutes and 56 seconds of totality, the Armstrong Air & Space Museum has some of the longest viewing time in the State of Ohio. Totality will begin at 3:09 p.m. on Monday, April 8.

The museum will be filled with other events and activities from April 6–April 8. View schedule here.

Eclipse-themed activities

Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

April 6, 2024

Join us for eclipse-themed activities for kids, including a scavenger hunt, a reading station and crafts. Activities are included with regular admission. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members are admitted for free.

 

Solar Eclipse Party

John & Annie Glenn Museum*

April 8, 2024

Watch a once in a lifetime event from the home of America’s first orbiter, John Glenn. Take a tour of the museum and grab some refreshments and eclipse glasses, all free of charge.

 

Solar Eclipse Viewing

U.S. Grant Boyhood Home*

April 8, 2024

The U.S. Grant Boyhood Home, a National Historic Landmark, will be open for tours and will provide special eclipse-viewing glasses on April 8. No reservations required.

Solar Eclipse at Fort Ancient

Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve*

April 8, 2024

The Fort Ancient site and museum will be open for eclipse viewing. Site admission applies.

 

Eclipse on the Farm

Johnston Farm

April 8, 2024

Johnston Farm will be open from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.! Canal boat rides will be available, as well as self-guided tours in the house and the museum. Light refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. Viewing glasses available for a nominal fee, quantities limited. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 500 participants. Regular entry fees apply. For reservations, call 937-773-2522.

 

The Eclipse

Cedar Bog

April 8, 2024

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is hosting a total solar eclipse watch party with the help from Patrick Craig as our speaker and event coordinator. Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature as you witness the mesmerizing celestial phenomenon of an eclipse. Learn more and register here.

 

Mingle at the Mansion, Celestial Edition

Shaker Historical Museum

April 26, 2024

The eclipse may be over, but the party hasn’t stopped! Celebrate with a cosmic drink, explore the astrological realm and discover the Shakers’ celestial ties in our historic mansion. Advance registration required.

 

Exhibits

Chasing Totality—The History and Science of Eclipses

Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Now through December 2024

Explore the story of humanity’s fascination with eclipses in this special exhibit. Get a look at how eclipses work and learn about one that drove Americans to the Western territories when Rutherford B. Hayes was president. Learn more.

Manifestation of Light—Exploring the Shakers’ Celestial Inspiration

Shaker Historical Museum

March 8–August 11, 2024

Inspired by the highly anticipated solar eclipse in April 2024, Manifestation of Light—Exploring the Shakers’ Celestial Inspiration delves into Shaker artwork and writing inspired by the sun, moon and stars. Included with Shaker Historical Museum admission. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission.