Editor’s note: This article was originally published on August 17 and has been updated with the most recent information.
We’re not less than a week from the total solar eclipse, and if you haven’t snagged a pair of solar eclipse glasses, you may be SOL. (Did you see the line wrapped around Dilworth Park on Friday?) But never fear: There are other options, if you act fast.
Philly’s own Warby Parker at 1523 Walnut Street has also been handing out eclipse glasses. However, they told Curbed Philly they were sold out on Wednesday. But the store hopes to have more in stock by Saturday, August 19. Call ahead before you go to make sure they have them.
Wills Eye Hospital at 840 Walnut Street announced that it will be handing out eclipse glasses on Monday, August 21 hours before the actual celestial event. Get there early: They’ll start handing them out at 9 a.m. until supplies last.
The Franklin Institute, which is hosting a viewing party on the August 21, was handing out eclipse-viewing spectacles on Thursday, but quickly sold out. It will have some eclipse viewers available at its viewing party.
Need to get equipped for the eclipse? We will be giving away these eclipse viewers starting around noon tomorrow at a mystery location, August 17, 2017. Stay tuned to our Instagram (@franklininstitute); we will announce the place and other details tomorrow. • #Science #Space #AstroPhilly #FranklinInstitute #Astronomy #SolarEclipse #SolarEclipse #Eclipse2017
Another good spot for finding the right spectacles: a local library branch. A few libraries across the city are hosting viewing parties of the solar eclipse, where you’ll be able to make your own viewing equipment or use their special glasses. Check out our map for some of the participating library locations.
If all else fails, you can make your in pinhole camera to watch the celestial event. The Franklin Institute has a DIY instructions here.
And most places that are hosting viewing parties will have eclipse viewing glasses on hand, so that may be your best bet!