Adler Collections

Collections at the Adler Planetarium

Explore Our Collections

The Adler is home to one of the largest and most significant collections of historic scientific instruments in the world. The Adler’s collections also include rare books, manuscripts, archival materials, models, and photographs.

Online Catalog

The Adler’s online collections catalog allows anyone and everyone to search our digitized collection of objects, books, historical photographs, and archival materials, at the touch of their fingertips or click of a button.

Search Our Catalog

At the Adler

Items from the Adler’s collections can be found throughout the museum in our exhibition spaces, including Mission Moon, Astronomy in Culture, What is a Planet?, and Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass. Items are also featured at Adler After Dark and Members’ Night events at our Collections Corner where you can chat with our collections staff in person!

Social Media

Collections items are regularly featured on the Adler’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. To catch the latest posts, be sure to follow us online!

Catch this medieval astrolabe in person at our Astronomy in Culture exhibition!

Object Stories

Johannes Bayer’s Uranometria, published for the first time in 1603, is generally regarded as the first modern star atlas. It contains an individual map for each of the 48 classical constellations listed by Ptolemy, as well as a chart showing twelve new constellations identified in the Southern hemisphere by the Dutch navigators. Shown here is a classic constellation Boötes, the Hersdman.

This photograph shows Adler guests in awe of the night sky as recreated by the Planetarium’s original Zeiss II projector. Orion, one of the most conspicuous constellations of the winter sky in the Northern hemisphere, can be clearly seen to the right of the projector.

Other Resources

Research Appointments

For research appointments, download and fill out the Research Request Form below and submit to astrohistory@adlerplanetarium.org.

Rights and Reproduction Requests

For rights and reproductions requests, please email astrohistory@adlerplanetarium.org.

Collections Staff

Get to know the Adler’s collection staff!