Join us for a special viewing of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024! The Museum grounds will be open along with a limited number of buildings including the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building (Impressionist paintings), Pleissner Gallery, Stagecoach Inn (American folk art), the Round Barn, and the Weathervane Café. The Carousel will be running, and there will also be live music! Depending on weather conditions additional buildings may be open to visitors.

Get a group of friends together. Grab a lawn chair. Enjoy this awesome solar wonder from the unique vantage point of Shelburne Museum, which is in the path of totality, near Burlington, Vermont. Your ticket includes special viewing glasses.

Limited number of tickets sold! Tickets are non-refundable. 

Tickets are $25 for adults; $23 for Museum Members; $15 for children 3 to 17 and college students with ID; and free for children under three. 

Parking is free and reserved for ticket holders. You must have an event ticket to park. Because the eclipse is expected to bring an influx of visitors to our area, we recommend all of our ticketholders consolidate vehicles as much as possible.

The grounds open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

Solar Eclipse at Shelburne Museum Map

Solar Eclipse at Shelburne Museum FAQ

P.S. The next chance to view a total solar eclipse in the contiguous United States is August 23, 2044!

Learn more about the total solar eclipse here:

For an extra-special experience, you’re invited to Totality on the Ti! – SOLD OUT
These premium tickets are $150, or $125 for Museum Members, and benefit the 1871 Colchester Lighthouse. This event includes entry to the Museum Grounds with parking, lunch and bar in the Pizzagalli Center, a souvenir booklet, viewing glasses, and exclusive access to the decks of the National Historic Landmark steamboat Ticonderoga for eclipse viewing.

Shelburne Museum is delighted to welcome visitors to view the solar eclipse. In order to ensure the most enjoyable and safest visit possible, please review the following information and policies listed below. If you have any questions or concerns prior to your visit, please contact us at

Solar Eclipse at Shelburne Museum Map

Solar Eclipse at Shelburne Museum FAQ

Event Time

9:00 a.m. Main Entrance and parking lot at 6000 Shelburne Road (US Route 7) open on April 8, 2024.
10:00 a.m. Admission to the Museum campus starts.
2:14 p.m. Partial eclipse begins.
3:26 p.m. Totality begins.
3:29 p.m. Totality ends.
4:37 p.m. Partial ends.
5:00 p.m. Event concludes, and Museum campus closes.

Your Time at the Museum

  • Proof of purchase is required for entry. Please bring a scannable smartphone or physical ticket with you for each member of your group.
  • Ticket includes one pair of special viewing glasses.
  • Dress comfortably for being outdoors and wear footwear appropriate for uneven terrain and varied weather conditions.
  • Travel on the Museum campus is by foot. There will not be shuttle service. 
  • The Weathervane Café will be open during the event, serving beverages and snacks. 
  • Restrooms are available at the Admissions Building, the Weathervane Café, and near the Train Station.
  • Portable folding chairs and blankets are welcome. Be aware the ground will likely be wet, or even snow-covered, at this time of year.
  • No pets, alcohol, or glass bottles.
  • Picnics are welcome. Large coolers are discouraged.

General Information

  • Photography and video (for personal use only) are welcome on the Museum grounds.
  • Tripods and selfie sticks are prohibited indoors but welcome outdoors.
  • Pets are not permitted on the Museum grounds. Service animals are welcome.
  • Shelburne Museum is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Museum grounds.
  • Backpacks and strollers are restricted in some buildings.
  • The safety and well-being of our visitors and staff is of the utmost importance. To ensure a secure venue for all, the possession of firearms, fireworks, explosives, incendiary devices, knives, or weapons of any kind is prohibited on Shelburne Museum’s property.


  • The pathways, which are gravel, are accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, and wagons under normal weather conditions. Please note, however, that paths may be muddy, wet, icy, or snow covered.
  • There are changes in elevation both up and downhill across the Museum grounds. We advise all visitors to wear appropriate footwear for the weather and the terrain.

Refund Policy

  • There are no refunds for tickets. You may transfer tickets via email to a party of your choice.

We look forward to welcoming you to Solar Eclipse at Shelburne Museum!

frequently asked questions

Event Times

What time does the Museum gate open for the event?
The Museum Main Entrance and main parking lot at 6000 Shelburne Road open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024. Parking is available to ticket holders only.

What time does admission to the Museum grounds start?
Admission opens at 10:00 a.m.

Event Tickets

How much are tickets?
Adults are $25; Museum Members are $23; Children 3-17 and Students with ID are $15. Tickets to the special fundraising event Totality on the Ti are $150 and $125 for Museum Members.

Do I need to bring special viewing glasses?
Each ticket includes one pair of viewing glasses.

Can I get walk-up, day-of-event tickets?
We cannot guarantee ticket availability on the day of the event. Check the website for information about ticket sales.

Are tickets refundable?
No. However, they may be transferred to another person via email.

Do you accept groups in motor coaches?
Yes. Please contact us in advance so we can make parking arrangements.

Event Expectations

Can I camp out in the parking lot?
Camping in a vehicle or outside of a vehicle is not permitted anywhere on the Museum property.

Are wheelchairs available?
At this time of year we are unable to provide wheelchairs.

What should I wear?
This is predominantly an outdoor event. April in Vermont can be cold and windy. Dress for the conditions, and dress to be outdoors. Our pathways are gravel and the surface can be uneven, so sturdy footwear is recommended. The Weathervane Café will be open, but seating there is limited. Expect the ground to be wet and/or frozen, and possibly snow covered.

Are all of your 39 buildings and galleries open?
No. We will have a limited number of buildings open. This includes the Admissions building, Weathervane Café, the Round Barn, The Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education classroom, Pleissner Gallery, Stagecoach Inn, and the Carousel. Impressionist art and furnished rooms from the founder’s home are on view in the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building. The 1920s Carousel will be operating, weather permitting. There are carriages on view in the Round Barn. The Weathervane Café will be open with food and beverages. Stagecoach Inn galleries feature American folk art. Pleissner Gallery showcases the works of Ogden Pleissner. There will be a children’s art activity in Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education classroom. 

Can I access the big steamboat Ticonderoga?
The 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga is reserved for a fundraising event that is open to the public that requires special tickets. The event is called Totality on the Ti. See the web site for ticket information.

Are tripods, telescopes, and cameras allowed?
Outdoors, yes. Tripods are prohibited in some exhibition buildings.

Can I bring in food and drink?
Our Weathervane Café will be open with snacks, food, and beverages. You may also bring in food. No glass bottles. Large coolers are discouraged.

What about folding chairs and blankets?
We recommend you bring portable folding chairs and/or blankets for viewing. Be aware the ground may be wet, frozen and/or snow covered.

Can I bring my pet along?
No pets. If you are visiting with a service animal, please consult with Museum staff.