Richmond, Indiana – On April 8, 2024, the greater Richmond, Indiana area is set to experience nearly four minutes of complete darkness during the solar eclipse totality phase. This rare event has ignited the interest of travelers and astronomy enthusiasts alike, as it is expected to draw thousands of visitors from all over the world. The area is easily accessible due to the proximity to major highways.
The Wayne County eclipse task force has been actively preparing for the upcoming total solar eclipse and has launched the richmondsolareclipse.org website, designed to be a one-stop-shop for everything related to the eclipse. Visitors can find a comprehensive guide on what to expect, including established viewing areas, a detailed itinerary of events, information on accommodations and camping, and tips on how to safely view the eclipse.
The Richmond/Wayne County Tourism Bureau encourages visitors to arrive the weekend before the eclipse to take advantage of eclipse-related happenings and educational activities. Events include interactive space-related experiences, public stargazing with Indiana University East astronomy professor, planetarium shows at Earlham College, entertainment, and other enriching and engaging events currently being planned.
Visitors can take advantage of Wayne County’s unique attractions. For history buffs, the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, a stop on the Underground Railroad, is a must-see. Meanwhile, visitors can marvel at the only two Egyptian mummies in Indiana at the Wayne County Historical Museum and Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History. Art enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the county’s thriving arts scene, which features the Richmond Art Museum, an outdoor sculpture exhibit, galleries, and more than 80 towering murals adorning many buildings. Nature lovers will revel in all the greenspace, hiking, and biking opportunities.
In preparation for the upcoming solar eclipse, the Richmond/Wayne County Tourism Bureau recommends that visitors plan their trip well in advance to ensure they have the best possible experience. This includes securing accommodations, organizing travel routes, acquiring proper viewing gear, and gaining knowledge about the scientific nature of the event. With so much to see and do, Wayne County is the perfect place to witness the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
Richmond/Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau
Nancy Sartain, Director of Leisure Marketing
5701 National Rd E