On Monday, April 8, the Oklahoma City metro area will get to see a partial solar eclipse!

During a total solar eclipse, the Moon perfectly blocks the sun for a brief period of time. The total solar eclipse will pass over the United States beginning in Mexico passing through Texas, all the way to Maine, and finally through Canada. Since Oklahoma City is not in the direct path of the totality, we will experience a partial eclipse. So coverage will be about 93.9% at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Science Museum Oklahoma is hosting events all day long for science lovers to learn more about the eclipse and view it when it passes over Oklahoma City.


In front of the museum

No admission required

  • Telescopes with special filters will be set up in front of the museum for viewing the eclipse safely.
  • There will be eclipse demonstrations, including unconventional ways to view the eclipse.


Inside the museum

Included with admission

  • From 10 to 11:30 a.m., activity tables will be set up with UV bead bracelet creation and a live feed from the path of totality.
  • Storytime Science will be held on the Science Floor Side Stage at 11:30 a.m. This will be a special eclipse-themed story and an art activity just for young astronomers.


SMO Gardens

Included with admission

  • From 10 a.m. to noon, make a sun print. This fun project uses photographic paper and sunlight to make art with different items you can find in the garden.



When it comes to safely viewing any eclipses, solar viewers are a necessity. To protect your eyes from the Sun, you must use a pair of solar eclipse glasses or a safe viewing alternative, such as a pinhole projector. There are many ways to enjoy an eclipse by viewing it indirectly, but direct viewing requires the right safety precautions.

Our Science Shop has tested-and-approved eclipse glasses that shield your eyes so you can enjoy the event. Available in a Family pack of 4 or 6 or a Classroom set of 20 or 30.


For visitors in the downtown area on April 8, head to the Myriad Gardens for a solar eclipse watch event. Free viewing glasses will be given out to the first 500 attendees.