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Eclipse Viewing Party with Ford House

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Eclipse Viewing Party with Ford House

Date: April 8

Included with General Admission: No

Ford House and the Michigan Science Center are joining together to welcome visitors to witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the solar eclipse on the grounds of the historic Ford House on Monday, April 8, 2024, between noon and 4:30 p.m.

Nestled amidst breathtaking scenery, this event promises an unforgettable experience for both seasoned astronomers and curious stargazers alike. Join us as the sun and moon converge, painting the sky in an ethereal dance of light and shadow. With an expansive property offering unobstructed views, Ford House offers a unique vantage point for this rare astronomical event.

The solar eclipse with the Michigan Science Center at Ford House isn’t just a cosmological event; it’s an opportunity to forge memories that will last a lifetime. 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 ambiance of anticipation as the sky gradually darkens, and witness nature’s grandeur unfold before your eyes.

The event will take place outdoors and indoors, rain or shine. Visitors can enjoy the Ford House grounds and concessions beginning at 12 p.m., with self-paced tours of the Main Residence available until 4:00 p.m. From 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., visitors can participate in several educational and hands-on activities with the Michigan Science Center’s educators, who will be on-hand to provide details of how the eclipse unfolds as well as demonstrate how to make pin-hole projectors and sun-spotting scopes for safe viewing.

Family-friends activities include:

  • Pinhole Projector Making (arts and crafts activity to safely view the eclipse)
  • Kid Safety Shields for Eclipse Glasses (arts and crafts activity to shield peripheral sunlight around eclipse glasses)
  • Solar Telescopes and Sunspotters (science technology to safely view the sun)
  • NISENet’s Build a Moon Base Camp (design-based activity with consideration of the need to support life on the moon)

Every admission comes with a pair of Ford House-branded solar eclipse viewing glasses.

Tickets for this experience are on sale now for just $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, which includes a pair of solar eclipse glasses. Those looking for a fuller experience may purchase an exclusive VIP package which includes admission, two pairs of solar eclipse sunglasses, a special gift from the Michigan Science Center, two wine glasses, a bottle of Heron Hill’s Eclipse wine, and light bites for two guests. All of this is available for just $50 for members of Michigan Science Center and Ford House and $60 for non-members. Friends of Ford House and Michigan Science Center members may secure general admission tickets at no cost and will receive a discount on the VIP package.


  • Public Adult: $7
  • Public Child (4-12): $5
  • Child (0-3): Free
  • Friend of Ford House/MiSci Member Adult: Free
  • Friend of Ford House/MiSci Member Child (4-12): Free
  • VIP Package Friend of Ford House/MiSci Member: $50
  • VIP Package Public: $60

For more information, please contact us at 313.577.8400 or

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