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Eclipse at the George Eastman Museum

Eclipse banner showing a camera lens and implying an eclipse

The Greater Rochester Area will host an estimated 300,000 visitors as the region celebrates being in the path of totality for the total solar eclipse. This rare celestial experience happened locally in 1925 and, after this one, will not occur again until 2144! The museum will be open on Monday, April 8 for Focus, Click, Totality!, a special event celebrating the sun and moon, and showcasing the historic gardens and grounds as a viewing area for this once-in-a-lifetime event.


What's on Display?

Visitors will have the opportunity to view a display of pinhole cameras from the museum’s collection and a selection of eclipse-related works in the Collection Gallery.

Fun for the Whole Family

Visitors of all ages can also walk into a camera with a mobile camera obscura on the East Lawn, and make their own pinhole projector in the museum’s Discovery Room.

Live Music

Musician Maggie Paxson, who delighted patrons with a sing-along event last fall, will perform moon-themed songs on the East Lawn, and the museum’s resident organist Joe Blackburn will perform space-themed tunes on George Eastman’s original Aeolian pipe organ.

Viewing Areas

Visitors are welcome to track the progress of the eclipse through a live NASA feed in the Dryden Theatre prior to joining others in the museum’s Library Garden and East Lawn, picture-perfect locations to view the total solar eclipse at 3:20 p.m. for an impressive three minutes and thirty-eight seconds.

On Screen

A special screening of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home will show in the Dryden Theatre immediately following the eclipse.

Schedule  of Events/Map



Admission to Focus, Click, Totality! is $35 for adult, $20 for youth 5-18 and under, and free for children four and under, and includes admission to the museum, all activities, access to the viewing area in the gardens, eclipse glasses, and the film screening. Admission does not include parking. Tickets are nonrefundable and must be purchased in advance. 



Side street parking is extremely limited with an array of eclipse activities also planned at the Rochester Museum & Science Center and the Memorial Art Gallery. A limited number of parking spaces are available at the museum for those who purchase a $100 parking pass (not including admission). Park at GEM and explore all of the other festivities within walk distance.


Where will you be when all of Rochester looks up?

Individuals looking up and experiencing an eclipse

L'Éclipse (The Eclipse), Eugène Atget, 1912