Where can you still get Total Solar Eclipse glasses in middle Tennessee?

(Fox 17 News, Nashville)

*Editor's Note: This story was published several days ago and glasses listed may have since sold out. Please make sure to call ahead to find out where you can still get glasses*

We're only a few days away from the historic total solar eclipse -- and middle Tennessee is in a viewing glasses frenzy.

Thousands of viewing glasses have already been sold in the midstate, as it sits in the eclipse's path of totality.


  • Adventure Science Center: Sold out of thousands this week, but spokespeople tell Fox 17 News they've secured another shipment with 10,000 more glasses for this weekend.
  • Hendersonville Walmart: Sold out earlier this week, but said another shipment is expected
  • Amazon: There are still some available on Amazon, but prices have skyrocketed from a few dollars to nearly $100 for a pack of five. Customers should also think about shipping and if the glasses will come in on time. Also important to note Amazon recalled some glasses from a third party vendor which were deemed unsafe. Please see below for what to look for in safe glasses.
  • Nashville Zoo: Giving away 8,000 on Aug. 21 on a first-come first-served basis
  • Kroger: Some locations still have glasses. Tip: Call ahead to make sure or check out their website
  • Metro Schools students: Eclipse viewing glasses have arrived and will be going home with students this week
  • Linebaugh Public Library, Murfreesboro: The library will be handing out 1,000 total solar eclipse glasses at their event on Aug 21 starting at 12:45 p.m. The glasses will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Triple Creek Park, Gallatin: Event started at 7 a.m. Monday and the city had 20,000 glasses to hand out


Some locations have recalled their Total Solar Eclipse glasses for safety reasons. They are currently offering exchanges.

Dept. of Heath: Health officials said their exchange supply has run out as of Friday afternoon.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

  • Brentwood, 134 Pewitt Drive, Suite 200
  • Cool Springs, 1834 McEwen Drive
  • Franklin, 919 Murfreesboro Road (Hwy. 96)
  • Belle Meade, 4534 Harding Pike
  • Spring Hill, 1003 Reserve Blvd., Suite 110


  • U.S. Manufacturer Name (Recommend any of these: American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, or TSE 17)
  • “ISO” Icon (Must have ISO reference 12312-2)
  • Don’t reuse old glasses. Unsafe after 3 years
  • If lenses have scratches, don’t use
  • If lenses are wrinkled, not safe for viewing the eclipse
  • U.S. manufacturers recommended
  • Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.
  • Make sure the glasses have the correct ISO logo
  • How to tell if they're fake: If you can see shaded lamps/light fixtures etc. through your eclipse glasses, they are not safe. If you can only see faint around sun, they are real.

Do you know where you can still buy total solar eclipse glasses in middle Tennessee? Send an email to

Still can't find any glasses?

Here's a few DIY ways to view the eclipse:

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