Adler Planetarium

Exhibitions

Mission Moon

Mission Moon

In Mission Moon, you’ll find out how the United States became the first nation to put a man on the Moon, what it’s really like to be an astronaut, and why it takes a team to explore uncharted worlds.

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Community Design Lab

Community Design Lab

The CDL is a flexible, creative space that celebrates the Adler’s 85-year history and invites the public to be part of our future. In the CDL, hands-on, minds-on activities will challenge you to think about science—and the Adler—in new ways.

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Astronomy in Culture

Astronomy in Culture

Go back in history and learn about some of the cultures that have engaged in the timeless quest to understand their place in the Universe – from ancient Egypt and South America to medieval Europe and the Middle East.

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Clark Family Welcome Gallery

Clark Family Welcome Gallery

Discover the similarities you share with astronomers, astronauts, engineers, cosmologists and everyday explorers. Whether you look up, build tools or ask questions, discover the wonder we all share in common.

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Historic Atwood Sphere

Historic Atwood Sphere

Experience the night sky over Chicago as it appeared in 1913. Although the stars positions have not changed, we see less of them due to light pollution. Let one of our amazing staff identify the stars and constellations you see.

Please note, the Historic Atwood Sphere is open daily from 10:30 to 11:30 am and 2 pm to close.

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Hidden Wonders

Hidden Wonders

Many of us living near cities and towns seldom experience the Hidden Wonders of our beautiful night sky. This exhibit explores what our night skies could look like and steps for preserving them for generations to come.

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Our Solar System

Our Solar System

Explore the many worlds — planets, moons, dwarf planets, comets, and asteroids — that orbit the Sun. Our Solar System is much more than a star and eight planets; it is home to a set of diverse and amazing objects that we are only beginning to understand.

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Planet Explorers

Planet Explorers

Adventure from Earth through space to the imaginary Planet X without ever leaving the planetarium. Climb, crawl, pilot and excavate your way from the familiar to the unknown, all the while discovering a new world.

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Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass

Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass

Uncover the extraordinary beauty and technology of some of the world's most important telescopes, which enable us to discover information about the Universe. 

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The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time

The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time

Be transported to the distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the Universe evolved over 13.7 billion years - from the Big Bang to modern day.

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