Set off on a space adventure at this world-renowned museum that takes stargazing to a whole other level.

Explore infinity and beyond at the dazzling Adler Planetarium, where you’ll discover 60,000 square feet of exhibitions showcasing space exploration, that includes cutting-edge science and technology.


Experience a thrilling, immersive sky show in a state-of-the-art sky theater, where you’ll zoom off into space to explore mysterious planets, swirling galaxies and brilliant stars. Current sky shows for all ages include Planet Nine, which follows scientists as they try to find out whether there is another planet lurking beyond Pluto that’s just waiting to be discovered; Destination Solar System, a fun romp through the solar system imagined in the year 2096 with a silly space tour group; and One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, which joins Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo on an unforgettable journey to the moon and back that includes a fun sing-along about space.

Check out the Mission Moon exhibition, where you can get a peek inside the real Gemini 12 spacecraft and experience America’s first steps on the moon through the eyes of NASA astronaut Captain Jim Lovell. Touch an actual moon rock and examine a meteorite that crashed to earth in the Our Solar System exhibition. Or take a trip from the Universe’s humble beginnings over 13.7 billion years ago to today during The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time.


You’ll also have the chance to see mesmerizing deep space magnified in ultra-high resolution from some of the world’s most advanced telescopes. Depending on the weather, if it’s open (check at the box office) you can see astounding telescope views of the sun at the Doane Observatory. Or check out the historic Atwood Sphere to experience the night sky over Chicago as it appeared in 1913.


Find out what the Adler’s scientists are currently working on in the Space Visualization Lab, where astronomers give live presentations. Kids love to explore and play in the Community Design Lab, where they can use unusual supplies like marshmallows, popsicle sticks and bubble wrap to problem solve through their own scientific research. And little ones ages 3-8 love Planet Explorers, where they can operate the controls in a two-story rocket, look for signs of life on Planet X and man the Space Station.

Purchase your Adler Planetarium admission passes today!



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