On August 21, people in some parts of the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. To make this rare occurrence an unforgettable one, the Putnam will live stream the eclipse onto the GIANT screen during a FREE event from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Viewers will be able to safely view the total eclipse, which will be simulcast from Aurora, Nebraska (the second longest full eclipse duration point in the U.S.), while also learning about an eclipse from experts from the Quad City Astronomical Society. The simulcast will be dependent on clear skies in Aurora.

“When the Quad City Astronomical Society experts came to us with this idea almost a year ago, we couldn’t pass up this rare and exciting opportunity,” said Kim Findlay, president and CEO of the Putman Museum & Science Center. “At the Putnam, we thrive on bringing you experiences you won’t be able to see anywhere else!”

Throughout the event, a viewing area will be available outside the Putnam for viewers to witness the partial, but almost total, eclipse. This viewing area will only be accessible from the Putnam’s Grand Lobby. Please note that it is never safe to look directly at the sun's rays – even if the sun is partly obscured during an eclipse. When watching an eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun. All participants will need to sign a waiver before watching the eclipse from the outdoor viewing location. Glasses will be available for purchase in the museum store. Viewers watching from the theater will not need to wear glasses.

The Great American Solar Eclipse event will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 21.

There is no cost to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event, however, registrations are required. Spots are limited! For more information or to register, please call 563-324-1933 or go to


About the Putnam

The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for nearly 150 years. And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family. Launch rockets or interact with a robot in our Science Center, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a tree house in Black Earth | Big River or go back in time to see our region’s history in River, Prairie and People. Also experience internationally recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with a screen towering six stories tall. Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place.

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