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 .

Note: We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the solar eclipse watch event on Monday. Please note that all activities begin at 10 a.m. Special ISO certified safety viewing glasses and pinhole viewers will be available for those participating in the eclipse event Monday at the science museum. Due to the high demand for the eclipse glasses, we will issue eclipse glasses vouchers at 10 a.m. on Monday on a first come first serve basis. The actual glasses will be distributed for those participants with vouchers as the eclipse begins. This is ONLY ON MONDAY with paid admission or Membership.

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. Special ISO certified safety viewing glasses and pinhole viewers will be available while supplies last.

See note above.

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 than 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.

Glasses are complimentary at the event with museum admission or Membership - ONLY ON MONDAY - while supplies last.


How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely:




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