Adler Planetarium

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Duration: 5h
Location: Adler Planetarium, 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, United States | Chicago, United States

Category: Attractions

Family-attentive, interactive & educational space exhibits
Unlimited access to 7 immersive & dazzling sky shows
Space exploration & history at the nation’s 1st planetarium
Up-close views of celestial objects at the Doane Observatory
2 high-tech domed theaters & 1 state-of-the-art 3-D theater

Admission to Adler Planetarium
Unlimited Sky Shows Admission


Journey beyond the moon, through the stars, and to the edge of the galaxy—all without leaving Chicago. At the Adler Planetarium, explore the exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays that have been transporting visitors into the cosmos since 1930.

The first planetarium in the United States, the Adler Planetarium features fascinating permanent exhibits, a real research observatory, and the Definiti Space Theater, which shows films on the mysteries and wonders of the solar system. Get a close look at the world’s oldest known window sundial, a telescope made in 1529 by William Herschel, or marvel at antique astronomical artifacts dating back to 12th-century Persia.

In the Shoot for the Moon exhibition, visitors of all ages can unleash their inner astronaut as they fly over the lunar surface and feel the excitement and dangers of space exploration. Lean about the history of human space travel with a look at the restored Gemini 12 spacecraft and the personal collections of celebrated astronaut Jim Lovell, commander of the infamous Apollo 13 mission.

Get behind the telescope at the Doane Observatory for a close-up look at planets, stars, and galaxies existing trillions of miles away. Then take a celestial tour of the night sky and beyond with your choice of 2 mesmerizing Sky Shows at one of the planetarium’s 3 all-digital, 3-D theaters.

Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Know before you book: Children 2 and younger are complimentary., This activity is wheelchair accessible., Sky Show check-in is 10 minutes prior to the scheduled show start time. Late seating is not allowed.

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