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Heard Event

Total Eclipse of the Heard

Event Date: April 8, 2024
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

SOLD OUT! Be sure to check out our other fun events.


Turn around, bright eyes! Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. On April 8th, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible from our location, and we’re planning an incredible event to celebrate this rare cosmic event. Join us for a day of exploration and discovery as we witness the moon completely cover the sun, plunging the world into darkness for a few brief, awe-inspiring moments.


We’ll guide you through the science behind the eclipse, sharing fascinating facts about this incredible phenomenon and answering your questions. You’ll also have the chance to explore our beautiful sanctuary and observe the wildlife that makes their home here. Don’t miss your chance to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event with us at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary!


Each attendee will receive solar eclipse glasses or solar eclipse viewers with ticket purchase!


Come for the eclipse or stay all day and explore–it’s up to you! More information coming soon.


Tickets are SOLD OUT!



Food and Beverage Schedule

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The Speedy Bean Honeylu’s Coffee
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Kona Ice
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Texas Roadhouse

Activity Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. – Heard Bird Walk
  • 10:30 a.m. – Solar Eclipses in History Talk
  • 11:30 a.m. – The Celestial Mechanics of a Total Solar Eclipse Talk
  • 12:24 p.m. – Approximate Eclipse Start Time
  • 1:41 p.m. – Approximate Totality Start Time
  • 1:43 p.m. – Approximate Maximum Eclipse Time
  • 1:45 p.m. – Approximate Totality End Time
  • 3:03 p.m. – Approximate Eclipse End Time
  • 5:00 p.m. – The Heard will close our gates to the public. Feel free to explore until then! Be sure to leave time to make it back to your vehicle by this time.



Member Rate: $5*

Non-Member Rates:

  • $25 – Adults
  • $15 – Ages 3-12


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Totality Schedule at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas

Eclipse Totality Schedule Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary

Credit: National Solar Observatory, AURA and National Science Foundation. Using NASA eclipse path data generated by Fred EspenakBesselian Elements for April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse. Specific eclipse data from the US Naval Observatory’s Astronomical Applications Department.


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