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90th Anniversary

The Adler Planetarium entrance in 1930.

The Adler Planetarium first opened its doors to the public on May 12, 1930.

In 2020, we celebrated 90 years of looking up on Chicago’s lakeshore. Over the decades, we have witnessed the dawn of human spaceflight, watched humankind fly to the Moon and back, launched experiments into space, helped millions of people connect with our universe, and hunted for meteorites at the bottom of our Great Lake.

But what makes the Adler truly out of this world is our community. That’s YOU.

That’s why as we look toward the future and what the next 90 years will bring, we also wanted to take a moment to look back and shine a light on some of the people who have made the Adler such a special place!

Explore Our Online Photo Mosaic

This photo collage represents where we’ve been (with the help of images from people like you!) and where we’re going. It features our new monogram, which is more than just a logo—it’s a beacon of hope for anyone who ever thought science was inaccessible. Explore photos now or submit your own!

Listen to Our 90th Anniversary Podcast

We’re getting to know some of the people who have made our community so special through a series of short audio interviews. Listen to Stories From the YOUniverse!


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