eclipse week events at explore & more

Join us at Explore & More as we prepare for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024! Check out some of the great events we have planned starting Monday, April 1.

Special Museum Hours

  • April 1-7: 10am-4pm (Members Only from 9:30am-10am)
  • April 8: 9:30am-1pm (Members Only from 9am-9:30am)
  • Please note that Explore & More will be closed on Sunday, March 31

All Week: Guests can make eclipse-themed crafts in the Art Studio and create eclipse models in the Tinkering Tank, along with other great activities.

April 1-5: Enjoy space food taste testing in the Cooking Galley on the Fourth Floor. 

Starting April 6: Grab your free Explore & More eclipse glasses exclusively at the museum while supplies last.

April 1: Experts from Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve will be onsite from 12pm-1pm to provide safety tips and other educational information.

April 2: Our friends from The Buffalo Zoo are coming from 11am-2pm to help answer the question, “What will the animals do during the eclipse?” Each hour, they will be joined by a different animal guest!

April 4: Meet and take a selfie with Zelda the Owl when the Buffalo Audubon Society visits Explore & More from 11am-2pm. We’ll find out how Zelda is preparing for the eclipse.

April 6: Our final Eclipse Readiness Day presented by LaBella will take place from 11am-3pm in the Tinkering Tank.

April 8: Explore & More will be open to the public from 9:30am-1pm with members-only time from 9am-9:30am.

Also on April 8: We will be hosting an exclusive family-friendly eclipse viewing party from 2pm-5pm. Separate admission is required and limited tickets for this special event are on sale now for $25 each. Update: This event is sold out. Thank you for your support!

Eclipse Viewing Safety Tips

When watching a partial or annular solar eclipse directly with your eyes, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times.

Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the Sun. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard.

Always inspect your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer before use; if torn, scratched, or otherwise damaged, discard the device. Always supervise children using solar viewers.

Do NOT look at the Sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while wearing eclipse glasses or using a handheld solar viewer – the concentrated solar rays will burn through the filter and cause serious eye injury.

Upcoming Hours - OPEN: 7/17-22 | CLOSED: 7/23, 7/30