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On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible from ECHO’s home in Burlington, Vermont.

ECHO will host activities, events, and educational programming before and during the eclipse. Check back on this page regularly for schedules and information. 

Want to visit ECHO on the day of the eclipse? 
Check out the information on this page about admission, tickets, and programming, then use the link below to book your ticket.
ECHO is using timed ticketing on Monday, April 8. Please select your desired time slot and plan to arrive within 20 minutes of your ticketed time. 

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Eclipse Programming

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Eclipse 2024 at ECHO

Monday, April 8
$3 per ticket plus Admission or ECHO Membership

Join ECHO and the Vermont Astronomical Society to celebrate the coming of the total solar eclipse. Enjoy a variety of sun-safe viewing techniques, including sun-oculars, telescope projections, and eclipse glasses. Watch the total eclipse live-streamed as it moves across the US. Explore family-friendly, hands-on activities and a special eclipse pop-up exhibit to learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event. 

Personal eclipse glasses included with event admission along with access to all our permanent exhibits, special exhibit Mission Aerospace, and waterside patio. Food and beverage items will be available for sale from Sugarsnap Catering within ECHO and indoor lunch space will be provided for eating.

Additional City-sponsored festivities will be taking place right outside ECHO’s door in Waterfront Park.

Eclipse Timing
  • 2:14 pm: Partial eclipse begins
  • 3:26 pm: Total eclipse begins
  • 3:27:45 pm: Maximum eclipse
  • 3:29 pm: Total eclipse ends
  • 4:37 pm: Partial eclipse ends
Ticketing Information

To manage visitor flow on the day of the eclipse, ECHO will be using timed ticketing. We assume a visit to last about two hours.

Admission and Member ticket prices on Monday, April 8 will include a $3 charge that includes commemorative eclipse glasses, specialty eclipse programming, access to all of our permanent and special exhibits, and more.

To purchase tickets, click the link below and select your desired time slot.

This work is supported by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative.

A photo of an ECHO intern using a flashlight to simulate an eclipse against an inflatable Earth held by two young guests. White text reads Solar Eclipse Festival April 5-7

Solar Eclipse Festival

Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7
Free with Admission or ECHO Membership

Join ECHO and other science enthusiasts in the runup to the total solar eclipse taking place Monday, April 8. Enjoy a variety of sun-safe viewing techniques including sun-oculars, telescope projections, and eclipse glasses. Explore ECHO’s special exhibit Mission Aerospace and a total eclipse pop-up exhibit. Take part in family-friendly, hands-on activities to learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event.

Personal eclipse glasses available with Admission (pay-what-you-can, suggested donation of $3 each). 

Ticketing Information 

To manage visitor flow in the days leading up to the total solar eclipse, ECHO will be using timed ticketing. To purchase tickets, click the link below and select your desired date and time slot. 

Please note: This link is only for Admission to the Solar Eclipse Festival, April 5–7. For tickets to visit ECHO on Monday, April 8, see “Eclipse 2024 at ECHO” above.

This work is supported by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative.

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Earth and Space-tacular Festival

February 24 – March 5
Free with Admission or ECHO Membership

Join us at ECHO for an out-of-this-world week of science exploration! Enjoy eclipse-themed programming and learn about the forces at play in our universe. Take a trip through our solar system to learn about Earth, our Moon, and all the planets and more in this action-packed week of astronomy ahead of the April eclipse.

Ready to take flight? Pre-book your Admission for the Earth & Space-tacular Festival.

Eclipse Resources

Eclipse Pop-Up Exhibit

As part of our efforts to support eclipse viewing and education across Vermont, ECHO has created a free educational solar eclipse exhibit. Use the links below to download and print for your classroom or event. 

Exhibit materials print best at 18″ x 24″ (poster) or 8.5″ x 11″

This work is supported by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative.

Additional Resources

Educators, visit our Teacher Resource Page for more educational resources and activities.

Infographic poster of a total solar eclipse labeled "Total Solar Eclipse" and featuring the labeled phases of an eclipse over a blue to yellow gradient sky.

Eclipse FAQs

The total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, April 8. The timing of the eclipse in Burlington, VT is as follows (times listed in EDT):

  • 2:14 pm: Partial eclipse begins
  • 3:26 pm: Total eclipse begins
  • 3:27 pm: Maximum eclipse
  • 3:29 pm: Total eclipse ends
  • 4:37 pm: Partial eclipse ends

Timed tickets to visit ECHO on Monday, April 8 are on sale now. To purchase tickets, click here and select your desired time slot. 

Admission and Member ticket prices on Monday, April 8 will include a $3 charge that includes commemorative eclipse glasses, specialty eclipse programming, access to all of our permanent and special exhibits, and more.

You must wear eclipse glasses at all times while looking at any part of the sun or its reflection, regardless of how little of the sun is visible. Please read the safety notice on the inside of your glasses for more information.

Eclipse glasses are not compatible with binoculars, telescopes, cameras, or other visual devices. Please use a solar filter on the front of your device when viewing the eclipse through any of these tools.

Commemorative solar eclipse glasses are available for in-person purchase at the ECHO Museum Store and The Tinkering Turtle (210 College St., Burlington). Pay what you can, suggested donation of $3 each.

On Monday, April 8, personal eclipse glasses will be provided to ECHO guests with event admission.

You may reuse your eclipse glasses from the October 14, 2023 partial eclipse for the total eclipse on April 8, 2024 as long as they are not dirty or damaged. Please see the safety notice printed on the inside of your eclipse glasses for information on proper care. Do not attempt to reuse your glasses if the lenses are scratched, punctured, or separated from the frame. 

ECHO is proud to partner with Astronomers Without Borders to recycle gently used solar eclipse glasses and distribute them to people around the world who may not otherwise be able to enjoy eclipses safely. To donate your glasses, simply place them in one of the labeled donation bins at ECHO on Monday, April 8.

Ticket holders should arrive at ECHO within 20 minutes of their ticketed time.

ECHO will be providing supplemental programming in Waterfront Park, located directly in front of ECHO, as part of the City of Burlington’s effort to support public viewing sites in its parks. We are also offering eclipse-themed programming at the museum the Friday – Sunday leading up to the eclipse.

On Monday, April 8, food and beverage items will be available for sale from Sugarsnap Catering within ECHO and indoor lunch space will be provided for eating.

On the Friday–Sunday leading up to the eclipse, ECHO’s on-site food options will be limited to our regular offerings of healthy, grab-and-go snacks and drinks.

There are also numerous fast casual and full-service restaurants within walking distance of the museum on the Burlington Waterfront. Please note ECHO is not able to offer re-entry to the museum.

ECHO’s parking lot will be closed on Monday, April 8. Additionally, the City of Burlington will be closing and modifying traffic patterns in parts of Burlington, including around the Waterfront, to accommodate foot traffic. 

We encourage guests to plan their parking and transportation needs ahead of time. For the most up-to-date information, visit the City of Burlington Eclipse Page. 

If you are interested in being an event sponsor for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse, please contact Nicole Bova, Director of Development, nbova@echovermont.org

Eclipse Gallery

Thank you to our Eclipse 2024 Partners:

Vermont Astronomical Society
Judy Geer & Dick Dreissigacker

Please note: The Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Inc. (dba “ECHO”) assumes no responsibility for any injury suffered by you as a result of your participation in one of ECHO’s eclipse activities. Neither you, nor the heirs, administrators, executors, and assigns of either shall ever institute or aid in the institution of any action at law or otherwise against ECHO on account of any injury to you or your property resulting from your participation in one of ECHO’s eclipse activities You for yourselves and your heirs, administrators, executors and assigns HEREBY RELEASE the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Inc., its Board of Governors, Trustees, Officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims for personal injuries to you or loss of or damage to your property arising out of your participation in one of ECHO’s eclipse activities.

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