Adler Planetarium

Clark Family Welcome Gallery

About the Exhibition

This futuristic, constantly changing environment features a one-of-a-kind architecture with vibrant lighting and video presentations. It was created using approximately 13,000 lineal feet of aluminum tubing and 20,000 square yards of fabric. The gallery also has 125 LED lights, each capable of producing sixteen million different colors and over two billion different lighting combinations.

This immersive environment allows you to explore space in different ways. You can engage with our interactives through movement and build exploration skills, thanks to the use of infrared sensors. Receive video greetings from some of today’s prominent space explorers, including NASA astronauts John Grunsfeld and Joan Higginbotham.

Partners and Recognition

Additional major support has been contributed by: Donald C. Clark Family, ComEd, ITW, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dushan and Nancy Petrovich, Polk Bros. Foundation and Public Museum Capital Grants Program – Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources, Illinois State Museum.