Eclipse glasses drive crowds at Pink Palace and prompts pop-up shop

Long lines are forming at the Pink Palace's museum store ahead of Monday's eclipse. (photo by Bruce Moore)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Eclipse glasses might be the hottest new accessory at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.

The museum’s gift shop has seen long lines this week, driven by sales of solar filters ahead of Monday’s solar eclipse.

The event will lead to darkened skies Monday afternoon, as the total eclipse path passes to the north and east of Memphis.

Pink Palace museum shop staff said Tuesday they had heard they were one of the few places in the area selling approved glasses. They weren’t sure how long their stock will last.

The Pink Palace plans to sell them every day until Monday. Their store hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m – 5 pm. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The glasses manufacturer American Paper Optics has set up a pop-up shop outside their business in Bartlett Thursday and Friday.

They are located at 2995 Appling Road in Bartlett, Tenn and will be open from 9 to 5.

Most major retailers like Walmart, Lowe’s and even Shelby Farms have sold out.

Approved glasses are for sale at other locations and online (click here to see where).

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