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Field Trips

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The Adler’s field trip experiences are postponed until further notice as the museum is currently closed due to COVID-19. To learn more, visit our COVID-19 updates page.

Field trips at the Adler are fun, out-of-this-world learning experiences. Your group will enjoy hands-on, minds-on activities and explore mind-blowing facts about the universe that will stay with them long after they’ve left the museum. With two domed theaters, a selection of staff-facilitated activities, and 60,000 square feet of exhibitions, the Adler casts visitors in the role of scientist, engineer, astronaut, and creative problem solver.

2020-2021 Field Trips

**Please be aware that the museum is currently closed due to COVID-19 and we are not currently accepting field trip applications for the 2020-2021 school year at this time.

Reservations for field trips are required. Reservations must be made at least two weeks before your earliest preferred visit date.

Bus scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year are also currently on hold. Please check back in fall 2021 for updated information.

How to Book a Field Trip

1. Complete our online field trip reservation form.

2. Once we receive your request, we will book your group reservation and send you an email verification within three business days. If we are unable to accommodate your request, we will contact you to discuss alternatives for your group.

3. If you need to make changes to your reservation, or reschedule or cancel your visit, contact as soon as possible.

4. Send us your final headcount—which includes ALL students, teachers, and adult chaperones—and your payment no later than two weeks prior to your visit date.

5. Once we receive your payment, we will email you a final confirmation agreement and receipt.

6. You’re all set! Enjoy your field trip to the Adler Planetarium!

What’s Included?

All of the Adler’s exhibitions and world-class collections are included with your admission. Additionally, all experiences are free for Illinois schools or included with Museum Entry. Planet Explorers (available for preschool–3rd grade) is free, but does require advance reservations. Limit of 60 students per 25-minute experience.

All other experiences are hands-on, facilitator-guided, and available to school groups on a first-come, first-served drop-in basis. This includes the Star Studio in Chicago’s Night Sky where groups are welcome, but space is limited. Please check at the Star Studio for availability. Be sure that your visit to the Star Studio, or any of our drop-in experiences, doesn’t conflict with your pre-scheduled events.

Our sky shows can be added to any field trip for an additional rate. All shows are 30 minutes in length and take place in one of our domed theaters. Except for One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, all shows are presented live. Purchase tickets when making your school group reservation.

Payment Options

Full payment is due two weeks before your visit. No deposit is required at the time of booking, unless you are visiting less than two weeks from the time of scheduling (in which case full payment is due at the time of scheduling). Payment can be made either by check or credit card.

2020 School Group Pricing: September – June

The following pricing is valid for 2020 school groups through June 19, 2020.

Illinois School Student

Museum Entry: Free
First Show: +$8
Second Show: +$6

Out-Of-State School Student

Museum Entry: $7
First Show: +$8
Second Show: +$6

Out-of-State School Chaperone

Museum Entry: $16
First Show: +$8
Second Show: +$6

NOTE: Any increase in group numbers not made prior to your visit date will be charged full-price admission and show fees on the day of the visit.

Groups that arrive at the museum with fewer numbers than were paid for at the time of scheduling will not receive a refund. We accept checks and credit card payments. We do not accept purchase orders.

Field Trip FAQs

Get quick answers to most of our frequently asked questions by browsing our Field Trip FAQ. If you still have questions, or your question isn’t covered, feel free to contact us at schools@adlerplanetarium.org.

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