The National Air & Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, DC, and the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Va. will be hosting Eclipse Programming for the whole day on August 21 as the nation experiences it first total solar eclipse to cross, coast to coast in nearly 100 years.
In Washington, D.C., the moon will partially eclipse the sun, blocking 82% of the sun from view at 2:42 pm EDT. On the day of the eclipse, both museum locations will host viewing opportunities (weather permitting), hands-on activities and will be giving away free safe eclipse glasses.
On the National Mall there will be free eclipse glasses all day while supplies last. Safe solar telescopes in the afternoon. Instructions to make your own pinhole eclipse viewer. Presentations, stories and puppet shows from 10am until noon.
In Chantilly, VA there will also be free glasses all day, while supplies last and safe solar telescopes until 4 pm. Instructions to make pinhole eclipse viewers and Planetarium shows throughout the day.
For information about the eclipse, visit https://airandspace.si.edu/eclipse-2017.
About the Museum
The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. The museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. Both facilities are open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free, but there is a $15 fee for parking before 4 p.m. at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
Note: Summer hours for the National Mall building are 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and in effect until Sept. 9, unless otherwise noted.