I was recently at my local county fair in Ohio, and the fairgrounds are located directly in the path of totality for 2024. They're planning a huge viewing party. To help raise awareness and get people excited, they made a pair of eclipse glasses for their giant cow statue. It was a hit! People were taking photos all day, and it got me thinking about creative ways to market eclipse activities.What kinds of excitement have you seen popping up? Does this spark any ideas about what your museum could do?
I love this photo, Claire! I'm already finding some interesting articles from non-educational perspectives on promoting the eclipse like this article which has a lot of good links to other sources and community events: https://www.sportsdestinations.com/management/marketing-sponsorships/destinations-already-promoting-daylights-out-next-31992.
Has anyone seen something interesting from your local chamber of commerce, tourism or visitor's bureau?
We've been promoting the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse through our 6ft wide pairs of Eclipse Glasses that fully work. We had 5 produced with 3 of them traveling between festivals and events across Rochester, NY, and around the state, including at the Great New York State Fair and an "Eclipse Day" at our local Minor League Baseball team. They were heavily inspired by the giant glasses that the Adler Planetarium produced back in 2017. Watching people's reactions as they look through the glasses never gets old. We occasionally travel with a 10ft inflatable sun as well which really grabs people's attention.
I love this, Daniel! Who did you work with to produce these? Would you be comfortable sharing the design / construction details for others interested in replicating this locally to foster excitement around their own events?
Supersizing (semi)familiar objects like this is such a great way to make them novel and exciting--especially when they're interactive like these!