MMNS Events

Solar Eclipse Watch Party

Monday, August 21, 2017

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

County: Hinds

For more information please contact the Visitor Information Specialist at 601-576-6000 .


We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the solar eclipse watch event on Monday.

Due to the high demand for eclipse glasses, we will issue vouchers for ISO certified safety viewing glasses at 10 a.m. on Monday on a first come first serve basis for those that have purchased Monday’s admission (or that are Members). The actual glasses will be distributed for those participants that have vouchers as the eclipse begins. We'll be giving out several hundred vouchers for glasses to those attending our event. But, if we do happen to run out out, don't worry! There will be eclipse glasses and pinhole viewer sharing stations.

All hands-on activities, investigations, and classes related to the eclipse begin at 10 a.m. NOAA will be on site conducting citizen science with GLOBE, STEM Institute will be helping visitors work with pinhole viewers, Russell Davis Planetarium will be here, and LIVE streaming with NASA will be on hand, in case of inclement weather, to name a few of the event’s highlights. Additionally, Bumpers and Hog Heaven will be on site, selling food.



Join MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science staff as we learn about the Solar Eclipse 2017 and watch it take place at the museum - OUTDOORS or INDOORS!

Download Schedule.

Approximately 86% of the sun will be blocked in Jackson for this special astronomical event. 

NASA’s live feed of the eclipse will be viewed from the museum’s Rotwein theater starting at 12:15 p.m.

This event is included with museum admission: $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 3-18, and free for children under 3. FREE for Members. Senior and group rates are available; please call the museum for details at 601-576-6000.

**For Schools: Special arrangements can be made for an “eclipse class”, as space allows, before the eclipse. After the class, your group can join in on the eclipse party’s activity stations, and eclipse viewing. Contact the museum for additional information at 601.576.6000.


10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


  • Predict the Corona
  • Yard Stick Eclipse
  • Eclipse Safety
  • Earth as Peppercorn / Solar Pizza
  • Eclipse Head Band


  • Solar Beads
  • MS College STEM Institute
  • Laser-cut pinhole viewers with Dr. Anna Wan
  • Chalk Outlines
  • Russell Davis Planetarium
  • NOAA and GLOBE Citizen Science

10:30 a.m.                ECLIPSE Class in Rotwein Theater
11:30 a.m.                ECLIPSE Class in Rotwein Theater
12:15 p.m.                LIVE streaming from NASA (in case of cloud cover)
1 p.m.                        Eclipse observations on lawn (Indoor stations close)
1:26 p.m.                  JACKSON IS AT 86% TOTALITY
2 p.m.                        Event Concludes


Note: The eclipse is waning for up to 1 hour, post totality. Feel free to watch the eclipse with your safety glasses after stations have closed down.

Only view the eclipse using our ISO certified safety glasses, or the pinhole viewers. Do not look at the eclipse directly, as it could damage your eyes. SEE NOTE ABOVE.


How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely:




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