Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse Time at TCMU!
August 21, 2017
Activities are included with museum admission.

Rain or shine, we've got you covered!

Have you ever seen a total solar eclipse? On Monday, August 21, 2017 the moon will completely cover the sun across North America - from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina...and including TCMU! Come join us and experience this awe-inspiring event with a free pair of shades! Special activities will take place throughout the day up until the eclipse at 2:38 p.m. Watch the total solar eclipse on the front lawn, learn about astronomy, and explore fun activities including:

  • Story Time for all ages - "When the Sun Goes Dark"
  • Pinhole Projectors
  • Moon Phase Activities
  • Live streams from NASA and Smithsonian
  • Activities in Spark!Lab focused on women in astronomy
  • Space Yoga (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm)
  • My Sky Tonight activities
  • Space content in the studio and animation station

Food Vendors will also be on site while supplies last, including:

  • Papi's Tacos
  • Subway
  • Chick-fil-A
  • King of Pops
  • Brusters

Leading up to the eclipse, join us for programs that will teach the science behind the eclipse, safe viewing tips, and other activities that will enhance your eclipse viewing experience:

  • Kendra Kent and Fox Carolina Weather Team - August 18 at 11am: Kendra Kent and the FOX Carolina Team will be at the museum to talk about the science of the eclipse and how to view it! Interactive activities included.
  • Dr. McNeely from Greenville Eyecare Associates - August 19 from 1pm-3pm: Stop by a station hosted by Greenville Eyecare Associates to learn about eye safety during the eclipse.
  • If You Can Hide the Sun, You Can Hide Anything - August 19 at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm: Author-illustrator, Tim Davis, will host workshops on hiding images. Learn more here.
  • 3D Printing and Pinhole Projectors - August 19 at 11am & 2pm: Learn more about 3D printing and how the sun can shine through a pinhole!

Check out this web tutorial on wearing eclipse glasses to prepare you and your family for viewing the eclipse safely.


Total Eclipse Event FAQ's

Bring your entire family! The museum café will be open and food vendors will be onsite while supplies last. You may also choose to pack a lunch to enjoy outside. Other food options are available in Downtown Greenville at a short walking distance. You may leave your museum wristband on for re-entry. Be sure to wear comfy clothes! Please do not bring lawn chairs due to limited space. 


Admission tickets can only be purchased the day of; we are not pre-selling tickets. Between our large indoor and outdoor space, there is enough room for people to spread out into various areas. In the event that the inside of the museum does reach capacity, we will still have activities going on outside. We recommend getting here early to participate in our activities throughout the morning.


We plan on handing out eclipse viewing glasses to our guests. We also recommend bringing your own if you have them. While we hope to have enough glasses for everyone, we also will have other ways to view the eclipse safely. Make sure no one looks at the sun without eclipse viewing glasses!


The museum opens at 9:00 AM. We will have activities going on throughout the day up until the eclipse at 2:38 PM. Join us for traditional storytelling on the sun and moon, 3D printing pinhole projectors, space yoga, astronaut inventions, sun corona art, and more. After the eclipse, you may choose to stay and play until the museum closes at 5 PM.

Public Parking is available at the Heritage Green Public Parking Deck adjacent to the museum. We recommend checking out other parking decks in downtown Greenville in the event that this parking deck is full. See a map here. The Children's Museum of the Upstate does not provide parking.


To learn more about the Eclipse, visit NASA's Total Eclipse 2017 website.

Due to the high level of interest in viewing the eclipse, we have decided not to schedule group visits on August 21, 2017.

This event is sponsored by