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2024 Total Solar Eclipse in University Circle


University Circle Inc. (UCI) and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) have teamed up for a once-in-a-lifetime event!

Join us on Monday, April 8 from 10:00 AM-4:30 PM on Wade Oval for music, interactive activities, food trucks, and more as we prepare for this extraordinary celestial event.

From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, all Cleveland Museum of Natural History spaces will be open. After 2:00 pm, only the Visitor Hall will be accessible. During this time, we encourage all guests to remain outdoors to experience Cleveland's once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse.

Schedule of Events

10:00 am: Total on the Oval begins
11:30 am, 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm: Presentations by the Museum's Astronomy Department
2:30 pm: Appearance by former NASA astronaut Mike Foreman
4:30 pm: Total on the Oval ends

Food Trucks

  • Pop Culture
  • You Enjoy My Donuts
  • Manna Truck

Activity Partners

  • moCa Cleveland
  • StudioGo
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • John Carol University
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden
  • University Circle Inc.
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • University Circle Police Department
  • Case Western Reserve University Police Department

Eclipse starts: 1:59 pm Maximum: 3:15 pm Ends: 4:29 pm 

For up-to-date information on the Total Solar Eclipse, visit here.

Transportation Information

Road closures on Wade Oval Drive just south of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History garage entrance and just north of Jeptha Drive will begin at 10:00 AM and remain in place until after the eclipse event.


Free bike valet on-site provided by Ohio City Bicycle Co-op! Located on Wade Oval, across from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Leave the car at home and rest assured that your bike will be watched for free while you enjoy the festivities.


Parking will be available in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and Cleveland Botanical Garden garages for a $30 flat rate.

Accessible parking will be available on the top deck of The Cleveland Museum of Art garage and on Wade Oval Drive in front of the museum on a first-come first-served basis.


RTA operates six (6) bus routes, plus the Euclid Avenue Health Line (bus rapid transit) and the Red Line (heavy rail) routes to and through the district. Use the Transit app for real-time bus and train info and to purchase your ticket.

The BlueLink and GreenLink are FREE shuttle routes that can be used to access Wade Oval from RTA transit stops, and adjacent neighborhoods like Little Italy and Coventry. Visit our Shuttle Page for more information on routes and the Live Shuttle Tracker for shuttle locations in real-time.

Leading up to the big day, University Circle institutions will be hosting events. Check back here often to see what's happening!

Leading up to the Total Solar Eclipse

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

This free event, open to the public, promises an afternoon filled with music, refreshments, and fun activities including dancing and arts & crafts with CAL Teaching Artists. Safely witness the eclipse using provided viewing glasses while enjoying the festivities!

This event is in partnership with Heights Libraries and Disciples Christian Church.

Monday, April 8
1:00-5:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Barbara Bosworth: Sun Light Moon Shadow

Light is essential to both photography and astronomy. British scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel coined the term photography in 1839 by combining Greek words that mean “drawing with light.” The camera and telescope, which Bosworth has used together in some of the photographs on view, each collect light. Her pictures of stars are the result of the impact on film of light that has traveled millions of years to get there.

Sunday, February 25–Sunday, June 30, 2024
Free Exhibit | Dates & Times Vary

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MIX: Stargazer (SOLD OUT)

Dubaku spins a massive open-format dance set incorporating songs that mention the sun, moon, and stars. Nathan Melaragno projects atmospheric images and art inspired by the cosmos.

Friday, April 5
6:00-10:00 p.m.

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The Cleveland Orchestra

Out of This World! (SOLD OUT)

Join The Cleveland Orchestra for a fun-filled concert of intergalactic proportions! Music from Star Wars and Holst’s The Planets, paired with stunning images from the Hubble Telescope, International Space Station, and NASA photo archives, will transport you and your family to outer space. Come early for space-related pre-concert activities. 

Friday, April 5
7:30 p.m.

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Cleveland History Center

Fashion After Dark

Fashion After Dark explores the relationship between fashion and artificial light, beginning with the introduction of gas in Cleveland during the 1840s. This exhibition simulates the atmosphere of an evening on Euclid Avenue through fashion, interiors, lighting, and sound.

On display through Sunday, June 30

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