Ford House and Michigan Science Center Partner for Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Mark your calendars for a celestial spectacle! The Ford House and Michigan Science Center are joining forces to host a solar eclipse viewing party on the grounds of the historic Ford House on Monday, April 8th, 2024, from noon to 4:30 pm.

This event promises to be an unforgettable experience for both seasoned astronomy enthusiasts and curious stargazers alike. Witness the awe-inspiring convergence of the sun and moon, painting the sky in a breathtaking dance of light and shadow. The expansive property of the Ford House offers unobstructed views, making it a unique vantage point for this rare event.

This isn’t just about witnessing a cosmological phenomenon; it’s about creating lasting memories. Whether you’re a family seeking an educational adventure or a solo explorer searching for stellar beauty, this event caters to all. Immerse yourself in the excitement as the sky darkens, and witness nature’s grandeur unfold before your eyes.

The event will be held rain or shine, with both indoor and outdoor activities. Visitors can explore the Ford House grounds and enjoy concessions starting at noon. Self-paced tours of the Main Residence will be available until 4:00 pm. From 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, participate in educational and hands-on activities led by Michigan Science Center educators. Learn about the eclipse, make your own pinhole projectors and sun-spotting scopes for safe viewing, and participate in family-friendly activities like:

  • Pinhole Projector Making (arts and crafts activity for safe eclipse viewing)
  • Kid Safety Shields for Eclipse Glasses (protect your eyes from peripheral sunlight)
  • Solar Telescopes and Sunspotters (safe ways to view the sun)
  • NISE Network’s Build a Moon Base Camp (design a base to support life on the moon)

“This collaboration allows us to inspire the community by turning their eyes skyward,” says Mark J. Heppner, President & CEO of the Ford House. “With the next eclipse not happening for another twenty years, this is a truly special opportunity to share this moment.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Ford House to offer a unique science learning experience for families,” said Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “This is a rare event for our area, and our team is excited to share the science of solar eclipses and promote safe viewing in such a beautiful setting!”

Don’t miss this unforgettable celestial rendezvous where science, history, and natural wonder converge! Tickets are on sale now at for just $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under (includes a pair of solar eclipse glasses). VIP packages are also available, offering exclusive perks. Members of the Ford House and Michigan Science Center can enjoy free general admission and discounts on VIP packages.

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