Exploring the Cosmos: Current Exhibitions at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago


Adler Planetarium in Chicago for space exploration 

As the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Adler Planetarium continues to lead in space science and exploration, offering visitors an immersive experience into the wonders of the universe. Whether you're a space enthusiast or a curious traveler, there's something for everyone to discover.

Current Exhibitions at the Adler Planetarium

  • "Mission Moon"
Discover the remarkable story of America's race to the moon in "Mission Moon." This exhibition chronicles the efforts and achievements of NASA's Apollo program, highlighting key moments, artifacts, and the personal stories of astronauts. Visitors can experience a simulated lunar landing and learn about the technological advancements that made space travel possible.

  • "Our Solar System"
Journey through our solar system and explore its diverse planets, moons, and other celestial bodies. "Our Solar System" offers interactive displays and models that provide insights into the characteristics and features of each planet. Engage with hands-on exhibits and learn about the latest discoveries from NASA's space missions.

  • "The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time"
Take a cosmic journey from the Big Bang to the present day in "The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time." This exhibition offers a breathtaking look at the universe's evolution through stunning visuals, immersive environments, and interactive elements. Discover the mysteries of dark matter, black holes, and the expanding universe.

Permanent Displays

  • Atwood Sphere
Step inside the historic Atwood Sphere, one of the oldest sky theaters in the world. This iconic exhibit offers a glimpse into how the night sky appeared to early astronomers, showcasing constellations and celestial events as seen from Chicago.

  • Astronomy in Culture
Explore how different cultures have interpreted the night sky throughout history in the "Astronomy in Culture" exhibit. Learn about ancient star charts, celestial navigation tools, and the mythologies that have been inspired by the stars.

  • Community Design Lab
Engage in hands-on activities and experiments at the Community Design Lab. This interactive space encourages visitors to design, build, and test their own astronomical instruments and models, fostering creativity and a deeper understanding of space science.

Opening Hours and Visitor Information

The Adler Planetarium is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Located on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, the planetarium offers stunning views of the Chicago skyline, making it a perfect destination for both education and enjoyment. Be sure to check the Adler Planetarium's official website for any updates on hours or special events.

Plan your visit to the Adler Planetarium this July and delve into the fascinating world of space exploration and astronomy. Whether you're marveling at the current exhibitions or exploring the permanent displays, the Adler Planetarium promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

The Adler Planetarium is included in the Chicago CityPASS, along with four other exciting excursions, for more info visit our Chicago CityPass.

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