Don’t miss out on the largest solar eclipse event ever to hit Nashville! To commemorate this historic event, we are hosting a FREE Solar Eclipse Tailgate on the grounds of The Hermitage. Guests are invited to park in the fields in front of The Hermitage’s entrance gate, which will be prime viewing spots for this celestial event. The first 2,000 guests will get a FREE pair of Solar Eclipse Glasses, courtesy of Deloitte. In addition to your viewing spot, a child’s play area will be set up including historical games, science activities, and a craft table to make their own solar eclipse glasses!
The partial eclipse will begin at 11:59a in Hermitage and the total eclipse will happen at 1:28p. Space is first-come first-serve and the field will open at 8:30 am, so we recommend arriving early. It will be an open field to maximize viewing, so take heat precautions and bring plenty of water. Pop-up tents are prohibited, but personal umbrellas are allowed.
Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beverages to the tailgate area, however, grilling will not be permitted as it is a fire hazard. Restrooms will be available nearby.
Food Truck vendors include:
All guests to The Hermitage that day will be offered a special discount on general admission:
$11.00 High school and college students
$8.00 Students through 8th grade
Kids 5 and under FREE
Whether you live down the street or across the country, this is a great opportunity to experience history in many forms at The Hermitage!
Reserved Parking Passes
VIP parking spaces are available to reserve for this event. These spaces will be placed closest to The Hermitage entrance. Your VIP Parking will include 1 parking spot, 2 pairs of solar eclipse glasses, and 2 adult admission passes to The Hermitage. Additional general admission tickets can be purchased separately for a discount at the ticket office. Purchase your VIP Parking pass here.
Once your pass is purchased, you will receive an email confirming your reservation and a VIP Parking Pass to print and place on the dashboard of your vehicle.
Tickets for the Solar Eclipse are non-refundable and the event will take place rain or shine.
Always follow safe eclipse viewing procedures. The Andrew Jackson Foundation assumes no responsibility for any person causing harm to themselves or others by following unsafe eclipse viewing procedures or using an unsafe, defective, or counterfeit product. Make sure that your eclipse safety glasses or viewers are certified as meeting ISO standards for safe solar viewing. The current standard for safe solar viewing is ISO 12312-2; your eclipse glasses or viewers should have this designation printed on them.
Event Updates as of 8/17/17:
1. The Hermitage Museum Store is sold out of Eclipse glasses! We have 2,000 to hand out the day of the event, HOWEVER, those will be first come, first serve. Be sure to protect your eyes during this event! (Further information on eyewear can be found at www.thehermitage.com/event/solar-eclipse-tailgate/)
2. Grilling is NOT allowed during the event due to the fire hazard of grilling in an open field.
We look forward to safely viewing the Eclipse with you!