Museums are timeless institutions, carefully preserving the knowledge and history of our world for generations to come — but as we’ve said, there’s great value to be found in jumping on of-the-moment trends to better connect with and stay relevant in the eyes of today’s audience.
We’ve rounded up a list of five museums across the U.S. doing exactly that by taking advantage of the latest hot topic: the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017.
Eclipse Event Weekend at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, OR
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (which is in the path of totality!) is pulling out all the stops for their viewing event, complete with food vendors and a live-stream of the eclipse’s progress across the U.S. Hurry, though — tickets are almost sold out!
The Great American Eclipse 2017 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in Denver, CO
Take part in a slew of eclipse-themed activities like watching NASA’s live stream, using mirrors to do a little “sun bouncing” on walls for safe eclipse viewing, and “Eclipsercise” with the museum’s eclipse-themed exercises at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s eclipse event.
Eclipse Viewing Party at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, VA
It’s sun, moon, and stars galore at the Kingman Museum’s Solar Eclipse Watch Party! Help create a scale model of the solar system, design a star clock to tell time by the stars, or get crafty by creating an image with sun print paper. Complete with food trucks and eclipse-themed craft beers, the Science Museum of Virginia’s front lawn eclipse viewing event has something for everyone.
Solar Eclipse Viewing at the Hayden Planetarium in New York, NY
The Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC will boast 71% coverage at the point of totality, and with a pop-up talk by Brian Levine and a Q&A segment, this event in the Rose Center for Earth and Space may be just the ticket for inquiring minds.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the Lexington County Museum in Lexington, SC
Partnering with the Augusta Georgia Astronomy Club, the Lexington County Museum is the place to be for families during the area’s Total Eclipse Weekend event. Members of the Augusta Astronomy Club will be in attendance to answer questions about the eclipse, museum staff members will be providing tours with a focus on “lighting and astronomical events throughout Lexington County’s history”, and there’s even storytime for the kids!
Is your museum doing something cool for the eclipse? Maybe you’re celebrating another awesome trend. We’d love to know what you’re up to! Leave us a comment or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.