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Be transported to the outer reaches of the Universe on a visit to Chicago's Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, the first planetarium in the United States. Since 1930 the country's oldest planetarium has been delighting audiences with the spectacle of the night sky. Visit The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, Atwood Sphere Experience, Shoot for the Moon exhibit and choose from a range of Sky Shows in Grainger Sky Theater, Definiti Space Theater and Johnson Family Star Theater.
On your self-guided tour you'll visit the historic Atwood Experience identifying the positions of the brightest stars in the night sky and constellations they form. You'll also visit Shoot for the Moon, highlighting the exciting stories of space exploration and America's bold plans to travel to the Moon.
In Adler’s newest exhibit The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, be transported to the distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the Universe evolved over 13.7 billion years - from the Big Bang to modern day. Additionally, see a Sky Show in the Definiti Space Theater or Universe Theater. There are over five Sky Shows to choose from and you can select which you would like to see upon arrival.
The Adler Planetarium is fun for the whole family and a great way to get a closer look and explore what's beyond our planet.
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Departure Point:Adler Planetarium is located on Lake Shore Drive in the heart of Chicago
- Monday to Friday - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Hours are subject to change
Extended Summer Hours: Open everyday June 3 - September 2: 9:30am- 6:00pm
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Admission to Adler Planetarium, Two Sky Shows and Historic Atwood Sphere Experience
- Admission ticket
- Choice of 2nd show
- Atwood Sphere Experience
- Gratuities (optional)
- Adler After Dark
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Choose from different Sky Shows in the Grainger Sky Theater, Definiti Space Theater or the Johnson Family Star theater. Sky show selected upon arrival
Itinerary:Shows and Exhibits:
Welcome to the Universe - Take a tour of the Universe from Earth to the Moon, a canyon on mars, neighboring galaxies, and into the cosmic web where a million galaxies will shower down on you. You'll be amazed by the latest scientific visualizations and planetary images!
Cosmic Wonder - Opening May 17, 2013
Take an exciting journey of discovery as the world's most technologically advanced dome theater transforms into a virtual observatory in Cosmic Wonder.
Historic Atwood Sphere Experience
Atwood Sphere, Chicago's oldest planetarium, was constructed in 1913. The sphere is 15 feet in diameter with 692 holes drilled through its metal surface, allowing light to enter and show the positions of the brightest stars in the night sky. In the summer of 2013 the Atwood will celebrate its 100th birthday.
The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time - Explore the big questions - How large is the Universe? Where did it come from? Are we alone? Encounter the Universe from its meager beginnings and see how galaxies, starts, planets - and even the very atoms in our bodies - were created as the Universe grew. Explore regions farther than our Solar System, billions of light-years from Earth to the edge of the cosmos. Then zoom from one wondrous location in the Universe to another and investigate the most diverse and beautiful objects in deep space in ultra high resolution from the world's best telescopes.
Planet Explorers - Adler’s newest exhibit lets families with children ages 3 - 8 take the helm in this modern-day space adventure. Future space explorers will enter a world where they can play and learn what it takes to be part of a mission to outer space. Through role-playing, children will become space scientists, astronauts and space explorers. The exhibition covers many aspects of space exploration including mission control, space flight and exploring a mysterious, distant body known only as Planet X.
Night Sky Live! - Take an in-depth journey through the cosmos with Night Sky Live! With the help of modern exploration and observing techniques, this show gives the audience a deeper look at the sometimes strange, and often breathtakingly beautiful, diversity of objects that make up our universe. Night Sky Live! is an original live sky show created by the Adler Planetarium to reflect our ever-changing understanding of the cosmos.
Undiscovered Worlds - Through the discovery of exoplanets — hundreds of planets found orbiting far-away stars — we have learned our solar system is not alone in the universe, causing us to redefine our understanding of planets and solar systems. With new instruments like the Kepler Telescope and rapidly improving technologies, the discovery of exoplanets puts us one step closer to finding an Earth-like world. Will this change how we view our place in the universe?
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