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New Orleans solar eclipse: Where to watch on August 21

Beautiful places to spend that Monday afternoon

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A solar eclipse happens today and New Orleans residents get to see part of it.

The natural phenomenon will be visible in New Orleans on Monday, August 21, starting at 11:58 a.m. While you can see the eclipse anywhere the sky is visible, Curbed NOLA created a map of viewing parties the most beautiful places to watch it.

If you want to see a totality, a full eclipse will be visible in Nashville, Tennessee, which is about 530 miles from New Orleans.

Officials at NASA recommend that you use protective eye-ware and filters when viewing a solar eclipse.

Stuck at work? Check out this NASA Live Stream of the eclipse airing on Monday, August 21, at 12 p.m.

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1. Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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925 Camp St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 539-9650
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If you’re looking for a rooftop experience, this museum will host a viewing party on its terrace starting at 11:30 a.m. today, August 21. The Ogden will supply a limited number of solar glasses and complimentary soft drinks. Admission to the viewing party is free for museum members and Louisiana residents and is half-price regular museum admission to non-Louisiana residence.

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2. Milan Lounge

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1312 Milan St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-1836
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If you want to jumpstart your Monday, this bar will host a celebration party, complete with cocktails and solar glasses, during the Eclipse. The friendly get-together will start at 11:30 a.m. today and end at 3:30 p.m.

3. Xavier University of Louisiana, NCF Complex

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7525 Dixon St
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 520-7305
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On Monday, between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Xavier University’s physics department will have telescope and glasses for public viewing on Drexel Drive and Short Street.

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4. Earl K. Long Library

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2000 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 280-6355
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The University of New Orleans will hold a viewing party at at Earl K. Long Library on Monday, August 21. Starting at 10:30 a.m., UNO astrophysicist Greg Seab and UNO math instructor Joel Webb will host presentations on the solar eclipse. The event is free and open to the public. 

Seab says that the library has a limited amount of solar viewing glasses and projectors available, which will be shared among the attendees. Solar Eclipse viewing will start at 1:20 p.m. at the Quads outside of the library.

5. Lafayette Square Conservancy

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S Maestri St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 658-3200
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New Orleans photographer Zack Smith announced that he will be taking photos of the Solar Eclipse in the city at this prime sport. Whether if you want a relaxing environment, or learn how to photograph a solar eclipse, this green space should rank high on your viewing spot list.

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6. Ace Hotel New Orleans

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600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 900-1180
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Listed as one of the best hotel pools in New Orleans, you can view the solar eclipse while enjoying the rooftop pool at this site.

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7. Big Lake

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Big Lake
New Orleans, LA 70124

Why not enjoy this natural phenomenon at the comfort of the Chime Trees and Big Lake at City Park? And, if you’re daring enough, you can rent a paddleboat during the highlight of the natural event.

8. Butterfly Riverview Park

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6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 658-3000
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Recommended by New Orleans photographer Zack Smith, you can see the Mississippi River, gorgeous trees, and, of course, the eclipse.

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9. Woldenberg Park

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Take a trip to the edge of the East Bank to this French Quarter park. Among beautiful scenery and the cool breeze from the river, you’ll be able to get an unobstructed view of the Eclipse.

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10. Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

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800 Patterson Rd
New Orleans, LA 70114

If you rather not have any buildings potentially blocking your view of the celestial event, then consider viewing the eclipse in New Orleans’s second oldest neighborhoods.

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1. Ogden Museum of Southern Art

925 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

If you’re looking for a rooftop experience, this museum will host a viewing party on its terrace starting at 11:30 a.m. today, August 21. The Ogden will supply a limited number of solar glasses and complimentary soft drinks. Admission to the viewing party is free for museum members and Louisiana residents and is half-price regular museum admission to non-Louisiana residence.

925 Camp St
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. Milan Lounge

1312 Milan St, New Orleans, LA 70115

If you want to jumpstart your Monday, this bar will host a celebration party, complete with cocktails and solar glasses, during the Eclipse. The friendly get-together will start at 11:30 a.m. today and end at 3:30 p.m.

1312 Milan St
New Orleans, LA 70115

3. Xavier University of Louisiana, NCF Complex

7525 Dixon St, New Orleans, LA 70125
NCF Academic Complex at Xavier University.
via Xavier University of Louisiana.

On Monday, between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Xavier University’s physics department will have telescope and glasses for public viewing on Drexel Drive and Short Street.

7525 Dixon St
New Orleans, LA 70125

4. Earl K. Long Library

2000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70122

The University of New Orleans will hold a viewing party at at Earl K. Long Library on Monday, August 21. Starting at 10:30 a.m., UNO astrophysicist Greg Seab and UNO math instructor Joel Webb will host presentations on the solar eclipse. The event is free and open to the public. 

Seab says that the library has a limited amount of solar viewing glasses and projectors available, which will be shared among the attendees. Solar Eclipse viewing will start at 1:20 p.m. at the Quads outside of the library.

2000 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70122

5. Lafayette Square Conservancy

S Maestri St, New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans photographer Zack Smith announced that he will be taking photos of the Solar Eclipse in the city at this prime sport. Whether if you want a relaxing environment, or learn how to photograph a solar eclipse, this green space should rank high on your viewing spot list.

S Maestri St
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Ace Hotel New Orleans

600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Listed as one of the best hotel pools in New Orleans, you can view the solar eclipse while enjoying the rooftop pool at this site.

600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Big Lake

Big Lake, New Orleans, LA 70124

Why not enjoy this natural phenomenon at the comfort of the Chime Trees and Big Lake at City Park? And, if you’re daring enough, you can rent a paddleboat during the highlight of the natural event.

Big Lake
New Orleans, LA 70124

8. Butterfly Riverview Park

6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Recommended by New Orleans photographer Zack Smith, you can see the Mississippi River, gorgeous trees, and, of course, the eclipse.

6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

9. Woldenberg Park

New Orleans, LA

Take a trip to the edge of the East Bank to this French Quarter park. Among beautiful scenery and the cool breeze from the river, you’ll be able to get an unobstructed view of the Eclipse.

10. Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

800 Patterson Rd, New Orleans, LA 70114

If you rather not have any buildings potentially blocking your view of the celestial event, then consider viewing the eclipse in New Orleans’s second oldest neighborhoods.

800 Patterson Rd
New Orleans, LA 70114