Group Visits

A group of Adler guests interacting with a volunteer on an experiment.

Take a trip with your group that’s out-of-this-world !

Group visits to the Adler allows guests to experience the excitement of the museum while taking advantage of discounted pricing. 

Roll up your sleeves and let curiosity be your guide. At the Adler Planetarium, you’ll find hands-on activities and explore mind-blowing facts about the universe. With two domed theaters, a selection of self-directed and staff-facilitated activities, including our unique Community Design Labs, and 60,000 square feet of exhibitions, the Adler casts visitors in the role of scientist, engineer, astronaut, and creative problem solver. Groups and group pricing is available every day except for Wednesdays . If you are a school group, head over to our School Field Trip page to get started booking your space adventure.

To receive these special rates and enjoy the best experience, use the links below to register your group of 15 or more at least two weeks prior to the date of your visit. Please note there is no dedicated lunch space or pre-purchased bag lunches available. All items/coats must be carried throughout the museum or left on the bus or the mode of transportation used to travel to the museum. Please see the Group Registration Policies & Procedures for more information. 

Group Pricing

Museum Entry
Children (ages 3-11): $7
Adults: $16

Museum Entry +1 Show
Children (ages 3-11): $15
Adults: $24

Museum Entry +2 Shows
Children (ages 3-11): $21
Adults: $30

Payments, Updates, and Information Updates

Final group size and any payment for additional experiences such as sky shows are required at registration. Alterations to the group size cannot be made after initial registration has been completed. Additional tickets can be purchased separately, if available. 

We accept all major credit cards. Any applicable payment is due at time of registration.

After registration, all payments are considered final and not eligible for a refund. 

For questions and inquiries, please see our FAQ below. If you have a question that is not included below, please reach out to our Group Services team at


Museum Entry Only

Museum Entry +1 Show

Museum Entry + 2 Shows

We welcome groups of all kinds!

Adults (including College and University Students) and Seniors
Unlike humanity’s first trip to the Moon, exploring the universe at the Adler is not a race! Adult and Senior groups can take as much time as they like to explore the history of telescopes, marvel at the craftsmanship of the Adler’s extensive collection of antique astrolabes, or step inside Captain James A. Lovell Jr.’s personal journey into space in Mission Moon.

Youth Groups
The Adler welcomes young (and young at heart) people of all interests and abilities to explore space with us. Aspiring rocket engineers and kids who haven’t yet discovered their love of science will find activities and exhibitions at every turn that spark curiosity and creativity.

Tour Operators
Whether you’re a member of a travel association or working independently, leading a group of students, adults, or seniors, the Adler welcomes groups of all kinds to explore space with us! 

Looking for group transportation to the planetarium? Group transportation to the Adler Planetarium is available through a variety of providers including GOGO ChartersNational Charter Bus, and Total Charter Bus.


How to Book a Group Visit

Registration is online only using one of the links above to book your group visit directly through our ticketing system.

After registration, all payments are considered final and not eligible for a refund. Please make sure you have all of your details finalized before you register.

What to Expect

All of the Adler’s exhibitions and experiences (including Planet Explorers which is great for preschool–3rd grade) and world-class collections are included with your admission—free for Illinois schools or included with Museum Entry. 

Our sky shows can be added during checkout to any group visit for an additional rate. All shows are 30 minutes in length and take place in one of our domed theaters. Trailers for all of our sky shows can be found here so you can choose the best show for your group. 

School groups can book any day of the week, except for Wednesdays, but on days that are not designated as Field Trip Days, school groups will be exploring alongside the general public and our exhibitions and shows can get crowded and sell out.

Additionally, outside of Tuesdays and Thursdays, no lunch space or pre-purchased bag lunches are available. All items/coats must be left on the bus or carried throughout the museum. Please see the Group Registration Policies & Procedures for more information. 

Payment Options

Full payment is due at the time of booking via credit card. We do not accept purchase orders.

Does My Group Need a Reservation, or Can We Just Show Up?

All tickets to visit the Adler must be made online and in advance, therefore, group reservations are required. Not only does a reservation save you money on your visit, but it also guarantees your admission and the sky shows your group is hoping to see. 

What Happens When My Group Arrives?

Enter through the Accessible Entrance, located on the ground level to the right of the main staircase, to check in.

My Group Exceeds 175 People

If you have a group that exceeds 175, please divide into two or more groups with separate registrations for each.

General School Group Pricing

Click here for more information about school field trips on our exclusive Field Trip Days.

Illinois School Student
Museum Entry: Free
First Show: +$8
Second Show: +$6

Illinois School Chaperone – Free

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 day-of will be charged full-price admission and show fees for each additional person. All same-day admissions and sky show tickets are based on availability. Groups that arrive at the museum with fewer numbers than were paid for at the time of scheduling will not receive a refund.


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