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Total Solar Eclipse Day Event Information

2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Columbia, South Carolina

Eclipse Safety

Looking directly at the Sun can damage your eyes!

The museum will be distributing Solar Eclipse viewing glasses to Total Solar Eclipse Day ticket holders at check-in.

Total Solar Eclipse Day at the State Museum is almost here and we can’t wait to see you on Mon., Aug. 21!

To better help our ticket holders plan their day, we have put together some quick information on event details so you can make the most of your eclipse viewing experience and your time at the State Museum.

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Frequently Asked Questions For Total Solar Eclipse Day

Please click on each topic below to reveal a list of frequently asked questions.

Do’s and Don’ts for Total Solar Eclipse Day

DO wear light, breathable clothing as it will be hot and you will most likely be outside viewing the eclipse for an extended time.

DO make sure to pick up your Solar Eclipse viewing glasses. Glasses will be distributed when you check-in and will also be available from museum staff throughout the day.

DO take note of the complimentary water stations while you are outside viewing the eclipse.

DO bring cash. The museum accepts all major credit cards, but there is no ATM located at the museum

DO NOT bring chairs, coolers, tents, etc. into the eclipse viewing area. To ensure the best experience for all guests, we ask that you not bring these items with you for the eclipse viewing.

  • The museum will have complimentary water available for guests during the eclipse viewing.

  • A section of the eclipse viewing area will be set aside for handicapped, special needs and health sensitive guests. There will be some seating in this space for guests who require it.

DO NOT bring your own telescope for eclipse viewing. Due to space limitations in our viewing area, we will not be able to accommodate extra eclipse viewing equipment.

DO NOT bring any alcohol onto the premises.