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Eclipse Events

Texas Through Time is extending our hours for eclipse weekend! 

Extended museum hours are Friday-Monday, April 5-8th

Open 11am-6pm

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Take a journey through space and time with our new exhibition: Eclipsing the Past: A Texas Territory Meteorite Exhibit.


A collaboration between Texas Through Time, Aerolite Meteorites and Science Arts and Space Institute, this 6 week- long exhibit includes 20 rare space rocks found in the original Texas Territory. 

Meteorites are space rocks that fall to Earth’s surface. They are the last stage in the existence of these types of space rocks. Before they were meteorites, they were meteors, they were meteoroids floating through the solar system. Learn about their journey through space to the lone star state and view real meteorites found right here in Texas! 

The exhibition is 6 weeks long, beginning April 6th through May 11, 2024. This is the very first exhibit located in our new location, the historic school building located at 310 East Walnut in Hillsboro, TX. 

Showcased in Eclipsing the Past is the incredibly rare & large “Monahans” meteorite found in 1998 that fell in Ward County, Texas, the evening of March 22, 1998.

The exhibit will include 20 rare meteorites on display, a space themed sensory activity table and celestial kid zone, a presentation by Aerolite Meteorites President, Elizabeth on Saturday, April 6th at 3:00pm and a deep space presentation by NASA astronomer Dominic Benford at 7pm on Sunday, April 7th.


Tickets are $15 adults and $10 kids ages 2 & up.


Open April 5-8th & Saturdays through May 11th

Located at:

Texas Through Time Historic Exhibit Hall

 310 E Walnut

Hillsboro, TX

Eclpsing the Past sponsored by:

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Free eclipse crafts

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1f312 - EclipseGet the kids excited about experiencing totality safely with these fun worthless solar glasses protectors!
Bring your own Solar glasses (or purchase some from Texas Through Time) and let’s get creative for viewing the eclipse in style 1f60e - Eclipse
This event is FREE and we will supply the materials to add onto any solar eclipse glasses, all you need to do is show up and have fun! Kids can get creative and add their own fun designs 1fa90 - Eclipse1f47d - Eclipse
23f1 - EclipseEclipse craft time is at 11am & again at 5pm on Friday, April 5th
1f312 - EclipseGet the kids excited about experiencing totality by creating their own galaxy slime!
This activity is FREE and we will supply the materials, but donations are greatly appreciated.
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Get the kids excited about experiencing the Great American Eclipse by creating painted space rocks at Texas Through Time.
This activity is FREE and we will supply the materials all you need to do is show up and have fun! (Donations are appreciated)
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23f1 - EclipseEclipse craft time is at 11am & again at 5pm on Sunday, April 7th.
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Eclipse Weekend Vendor Sale

1f312 - EclipseJoin us for our special Solar eclipse weekend outdoor gem & mineral show located at Texas Through Time fossil museum. 1f52d - Eclipse
1f555 - EclipseSaturday & Sunday from 10am-6pm
Vendors will be set up selling minerals, fossils, stones, meteorites, crystals, dinosaur replicas, space themed toys, jewelry, and more! 1f680 - Eclipse2604 - Eclipse
Inside the museum we’ll have free space themed kids activities, and fun dinosaur presentations. So bring the family!
Vendors will be set up outside the museum (110 N. Waco street) under the portico.
Admission to Rock Around the Block is free, so come prepared to shop! We’re right off the town square, just a short walk from the courthouse.
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Eclipse Movie Night

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1f3a5 - EclipseTexas Through Time Museum presents: E.T. The Extraterrestrial 1f47d - Eclipse
Join us for a very special 1f4ab - Eclipse1f6f8 - EclipseOut of this world1f6f8 - Eclipse 1f4ab - Eclipse FREE family outdoor movie to celebrate the Great American Solar Eclipse 1f312 - Eclipse
1f3a5 - Eclipse E.T. The 1982 Sci-fi family classic produced by Stephen Spielberg: rated PG
Movie description: A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape from Earth and return to his home planet.
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1f37f - EclipseConcession stand with hot food, cold drinks & candy available for purchase by Texas Through Time. 1f4b5 - EclipseCash & card accepted.
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Eclipse Watch Party

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Experience totality with paleontologist Andre LuJan and the Texas Through Time crew!
We’ll be set up outside of the Historic Junior College building from 11am-3pm on April 8th with a great view of the eclipse.
Parking is just $20 and we’ll have some stellar beats, drinks to purchase and snacks. Bring your telescope, lawn chairs, and solar eclipse glasses (we will have some available for purchase as well), with a bounce house set up for the kids!
Located at our Historic School location at:
310 East Walnut
Hillsboro, TX 76645                                   


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1f312 - EclipseLooking for RV/bus parking near all of the fun downtown Hillsboro events? Look no further!

1f68d - EclipseWe have room for up to 5 RV’s or buses to comfortably park from April 5-8th next to the iconic historic Junior College building, conveniently located just a few blocks from downtown. Parking includes access to our Eclipse Watch Party from 11am-3pm on April 8th.

1f50c - EclipseCampers will need to provide their own power and water sources and be completely self-contained. You will have access to portable restrooms if needed. No electric, water or sewer hookups available. Parking sites offer privacy fencing on 3 sides for privacy. Just along a quiet road & neighborhood. Clean, level asphalt parking lot.

1f3ab - EclipsePasses are for 3 nights: April 5-8th.

Day Passes available for Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon

*Book your spot before they’re gone!

Book Online Here

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The museum at 110 N Waco will be open for solar eclipse weekend and offers:

-Free self-guided museum tours

-View our working prep lab 

-Designated “touch” exhibits

-Fossil Dig Box (excavate and keep your own fossil!)

-Gift shop with museum merch, toys, books, apparel, minerals and more for sale

-Scavenger hunt (kids receive a free prize!)

*Volunteer opportunities and Internships available, contact us to learn more.*

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