Stuhr Museum is hosting a celestial event thousands of years in the making.
The “Gem Over the Prairie” Eclipse Viewing event will begin when the gates open at 8 am on Monday, August 21st to provide the perfect venue for viewing the Solar Eclipse beginning at 12:58 pm. This event is free and open to the public and thousands of people are expected to attend.
With over 200 acres of land for parking and viewing, Stuhr is a great location to observe this once in a lifetime natural event. Before the eclipse, a number of events and amenities are scheduled while everyone waits for the big moment, including:
●Eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last (suggested donation of $2)
●Stuhr Museum’s 1890s Railroad Town will open at 9 am and features costumed interpreters who will be discussing natural phenomenon of the 1890s
●NASA will be launching a balloon to gather information from the eclipse from different angles. The balloon launch will be at 11 am near the church.
●Speakers from several organizations will present information about the eclipse. Speakers will include members of the NASA Nebraska Space Grant program and professional astronomers from the United States and Canada. The stage program will begin at 9 am and end at noon.
●Local food trucks will provide food for purchase
●Nebraska musician Paul Siebert will perform
●The "Painting The Legacy of Nebraska" exhibit will be on display in the Stuhr Building
When the time comes for the eclipse, there will be a countdown and instruction on how to safely view the phenomenon. Visitors are welcome to hang out after the eclipse and visit Railroad Town and the Stuhr Building, where the “Painting the Legacy of Nebraska” exhibit by Todd Williams is on display. “Painting the Legacy” is the official traveling exhibit of the Nebraska 150th Commission.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the museum at (308) 385-5316.