Women's Rights

Total Eclipse 2024

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Total Eclipse in the Park

Join us for a free viewing event for the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024 from 1p.m. to 4p.m. at the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House in Seneca Falls.

When the last total solar eclipse passed over Seneca Falls, New York, in January of 1925, women had only had the legal right to vote for a little over four years. This time, it passes over the first national park dedicated to women’s rights.

Join us on the lawn of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton house for a day of free eclipse-related activities! Families are encouraged to attend, and visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to earn a limited-edition Junior Ranger badge for the eclipse. Park staff will provide free eclipse-viewing glasses for all visitors, and the park bookstore will have exclusive eclipse merchandise for sale. The event will also feature representatives from local partners, including the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry and the Finger Lakes National Forest. The event is open to all who wish to attend, reservations are not required.

Eclipse Start: 2:07 PM

Totality: 3:21-3:23PM

Eclipse End: 4:34PM

The Visitor Center will close from 3:00-3:30pm in order to allow all staff to witness the eclipse.

Please note: NPS staff will be taking video and photo of this event.

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Melinda Grube will portray Elizabeth Cady Stanton during the program.

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Featured Activities

We are pleased to offer a variety of family activities and programs for all ages! Program updates will appear here; check back for the most up-to-date program descriptions.

Meet Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Dr. Melinda Grube brings Elizabeth Cady Stanton to life as she discusses the Stantons' lives in Seneca Falls and afterwards, and connections between the women's rights movement and 19th-century astronomy.

Become an Eclipse Ranger!

Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to earn a limited-edition Junior Ranger badge for the eclipse. Activity books and badges are free and available as supplies last.

Solar Crafts

Learn about the power of the sun with special solar crafts! Create sunprints and learn about the origins of photography in the 19th century, or make a UV-reactive bracelet.



Frequently Asked Questions

This event will be loosely structured, with activities open to join, or you can sit outside and enjoy a (hopefully!) beautiful April day.

We recommend bringing the following: 

  • Lawn chairs or picnic blankets; some picnic tables are available, and some chairs may be available, but we recommend bringing lawn chairs for everyone in your party to ensure you can be comfortable while waiting for the eclipse.

  • Snacks! Please note that food and beverage are not allowed inside or on the porch of the Stanton House. Picnic tables are available behind the house and down the street next to the canal.

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen; please be aware that standard or prescription sunglasses DO NOT provide protection from eye damage when looking directly at the sun. Free eclipse-viewing glasses are available for all visitors, and can be worn on top of prescription glasses.

  • Camera/Smart Phone; please be aware that taking pictures of the sun directly without a UV filter may damage some camera lenses. Pictures can be taken of the eclipse by holding the free elipse-viewing glasses against a camera lens.

  • The following items are prohibited: Alcohol, firearms, fireworks/sparklers, drones, commercial filming equipment.

The address of the Stanton House is 42 Washington St., Seneca Falls, 13148.

From the WRNHP Visitor Center: Heading east on Fall Street, turn right at the second light, onto Ovid Street Bridge. At the light at the end of the bridge, turn left. Continue about one quarter mile, and take a left onto Washington Street. Continue most of the way down the street; the Stanton House will be on the right.

Designated parking will be limited. Street parking is available on Washington Street, and parking may be available at nearby businesses. More information about parking will be available closer to the event, and updates will appear on this page.

Yes! We will have free eclipse viewing glasses for all visitors. They will be available as supplies last.

Yes! There will be port-a-johns available onsite, including an accessible toilet.

Perhaps the most important question!

Weather in upstate New York in April is notoriously fickle. Even if the sky is cloudy and the sun is not visible, the day will still become very dark at the time of totality. While the eclipse may not be entirely visible, visitors will be able to experience the darkness of the eclipse rain or shine.

The event will be relocated to the Visitor Center in the event of severe weather such as thunderstorms, extreme winter weather, or extreme heat. We will announce any changes as soon as possible, and will post alerts to our website and social media.

Yes! The bookstore at the Visitor Center will be open from 9am-5pm, and will have a selection of special edition eclipse souvenirs available.

Additionally, a limited-edition Passport to Your National ParksTM stamp will be available in the Visitor Center leading up to the eclipse, and at the Stanton House during the eclipse event.

Women's Rights National Historical Park is typically open Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.

Monday, April 8, it will be open 9am-5pm exclusively for this special event. The Visitor Center will be closed from 3:00-3:30 to allow staff and visitors to view the eclipse.

The grounds of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House (as well as other outdoor areas of the park) are open sunrise to sunset.

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Solar Eclipse Resources

Visit the NPS source for information on the 2024 total solar eclipse.

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NASA Eclipse Information

See information from NASA on the science behind solar eclipses.


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Last updated: April 2, 2024

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Seneca Falls, NY 13148


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