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Google Arts and Culture

Black and White photo of the Adler taken in the 1950s from afar at 12th Street Beach.

Explore the Universe With Us

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. The Adler Planetarium⁠—America’s first planetarium⁠—hosts more than half a million visitors each year and reaches millions more through on-site youth STEAM programs, neighborhood skywatching events, online citizen science, and other outreach projects. Regardless of time period, nationality, gender, or religion, humans have always looked up and tried to make sense of the sky that we all share. Visit our Google Arts & Culture page and explore this human centered history of astronomy and the universe with us.


Max Adler, Philip Fox, and a third man standing outside the Adler Planetarium (c.1930s).

90 Years of Stellar Connections

The Adler Planetarium, America’s first planetarium, celebrates its 90th anniversary on May 12, 2020. To commemorate, we look back on nine decades of programs and initiatives that have brought our visitors and communities together under the sky we all share.

View our 90 Years of Stellar Connections Exhibit


Captain James Lovell smiling while in conversation.

13 Stories with Captain James Lovell

50 years ago, the crew of Apollo 13 were on their way to the Moon when a major accident occurred. Instead of walking on the Moon, crew members Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert had to work together to return to Earth alive. See objects on display at the Adler Planetarium from Apollo and earlier Gemini missions, in addition, you can hear Lovell share his memories and stories about these amazing journeys.

View our 13 Stories with Captain James Lovell Exhibit


Neuester Himmels-Atlas

Pictures in the Sky

The night sky has always excited the human imagination, and constellations testify to how different mindsets and cultural sensibilities have been projected onto the stars.

View our Pictures in the Sky Exhibit


Buzz Aldrin deploying Apollo 11 instruments on the Moon, his back facing the camera.

Voices of Apollo

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission landed on the Moon, just eight years after President John F. Kennedy promised, “We choose to go to the Moon.” Here we feature stories of those individuals who made the Moon landing possible, in their own words.

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A portrait of 3 young women with neutral expressions, posing in front of a collection of telescopes and other astronomy objects.

Picturing Women in Astronomy and Space Exploration

Images spanning four centuries reveal changing attitudes towards the participation of women in astronomy and space exploration, and hint at enduring prejudices and stereotypes yet to be eradicated.

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A black and white photo of seated visitors in the original Adler Sky Theater with the Zeiss Projector.

Highlights of the Adler Planetarium: Archives

The Adler Planetarium’s archives document the history of the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere since its inception. They also cover important aspects of the history of astronomy and its tools.

View our Highlights of the Adler Planetarium: Archives Exhibit


An early illustration of an aerial perspective view of what the surface of Mars might look like.

A Martian Sensation: Maps, Delusion, and the Mars Canals

Learn how the alleged observation of “canals” in Mars helped set the scenes for an enduring fascination with the red planet.

View our A Martian Sensation: Maps, Delusion, and the Mars Canals Exhibit


A hand-colored plate that depicts the old constellation of Bootes with a herdsman (holding a Mezzaluna) drawn along its coordinates.

Highlights of the Adler Planetarium: Rare Books & Works on Paper

The Adler’s Rare Book Collection contains over 3,000 volumes, from first printed editions of medieval astronomical texts to star atlases and astrophysical works that shaped our modern view of the universe.

View our Highlights of the Adler Planetarium: Rare Books & Works on Paper Exhibit


A 16th century, twenty-six-faced polyhedral sundial carved of wood.

Highlights of the Adler Planetarium: Scientific Instruments

The Adler Planetarium is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of historic instruments.  The collection documents nine centuries of human effort to understand and explore the universe, and to design and build tools that have brought us closer to the sky.

View our Highlights of the Adler Planetarium: Scientific Instruments Exhibit


A 19th-century print depicting a family in the streets of Paris contemplating a night sky dominated by a waning Moon.

Imagine the Moon

The Moon has been a source of wonder, inspiration, and knowledge for all of human history.  As people studied and recorded the patterns of the Moon’s movements, they discovered that the Moon was much more than a mysterious light in our sky—it was a place they might be able to visit some day.

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An 18th century artist's illustration of stars in space and the appearance of the Milky Way in the night sky, with large spheres that cover the entire image.

Frederick J. Brown and the Milky Way

In 1977, the artist Frederick J. Brown made a large painting titled “Milky Way” in collaboration with the Adler Planetarium. This work resonates with a longstanding quest to understand our place in the universe – a quest where artistic imagination, sensibility, and skill are by no means foreign.

View our Frederick J. Brown and the Milky Way Exhibit

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