Countless galaxies, unfathomable distances, exploding stars, diamond planets, black holes, there’s no way around it. Space is mind-blowingly, fantastically awesome. In short, you could say…Space is Freaking Awesome!
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—is more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together. Each year, over 550,000 visitors experience the museum’s interactive exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM education programs, and world-class collections. Founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler, the Adler Planetarium is a recognized leader in public engagement. The museum's scientists, historians, and educators inspire the next generation of explorers and invite you to explore space with us.
Looking to bring the lab to your little scientists? Spark curiosity and encourage exploration with the Adler’s Let’s Do Science video series! Designed for families and educators, these engaging at-home experiments use household materials for fun hands-on, minds-on science activities. Experiments range from floating an egg in water to building a space-age lava lamp, and more! Go forth, explore more!
Exclusively for adults, this 21+ evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6-10pm. With themes that change every month, Adler After Dark is never the same event twice. Reinvent your Adler experience every month with friends, family, or that special someone on a date they’ll never forget!
The amount of data collected by modern research equipment is often too large for any one person or small team of people to effectively analyze. Over the past several decades, scientists have explored partnering with the public to help do real science when human eyes and thinking are still better at analysis than computers.
The Adler’s Citizen Science department designs and develops web applications using data sets that would normally take a science team over 100 years to analyze and, with the help of a worldwide network of volunteers, complete the analysis with a high level of accuracy in weeks or months.