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Collections at the Adler Planetarium

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, 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!

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Social Media

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

On Google Arts and Culture

The Adler Planetarium’s partnership with Google Arts and Culture provides an online exhibition space where tens of thousands of visitors (worldwide!) have already gained access to the stories that make the Adler a place of discovery and wonder.

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Database Research Appointments

From December 2023 to June 2024, the Adler’s research center and archives will be closed for renovations, and we will be unable to accommodate researchers during that time. If you are interested in specific documents, please email us at astrohistory@adlerplanetarium.org, and we can fulfill image and scan requests of up to ten pages.

Rights and Reproduction Requests

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


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