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About Adler Planetarium, Chicago

Situated within an architecturally stunning building, the Adler Planetarium’s mission is to “inspire exploration and understanding of our Universe”. Boasting of an annual footfall of over 550,000, the planetarium has on display interactive displays. It also has live planetarium shows that are a must see for everybody who visits the place.

Trivia: Opened in the year 1930, did you know that the Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in the western hemisphere?

If you are a space nerd, then there is a place in Chicago which will treat you to the fullest. The Adler Planetarium is a place which will help you in knowing the hidden facts of the universe. The best way to to explore Adler Planetarium is by booking Adler Planetarium tickets, well in advance. You can buy the Adler Planetarium tickets from the ticket counter if it is not possible for you to do the advance booking. Moreover, in order to explore this attraction in a great manner, you can also book the tickets for Adler Planetarium tours. Moreover, if you’re looking for a detailed tour, then you can anytime buy the Adler Planetarium tour tickets.

Adler Planetarium Information

  • The Adler Planetarium's wheelchair accessible entrance is located at the South Box Office.

Adler Planetarium Tickets Prices

General admission:

  • Adults: USD 12
  • Children: USD 8

Basic Pass:

  • Adults: USD 24.95
  • Children: USD 19.95

Anytime All Access Pass:

  • Adults: USD 34.95
  • Children: USD 29.95

Adler Planetarium Opening and Closing Hours

  • The planetarium is open for extended hours during Spring break. Please check the official website for the same.

How To Get To Adler Planetarium by Public Transport

  • Solidarity Dr and Planetarium bus stop

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Address: Museum Campus, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, United States

Phone: +1-3129227827

Ticket Price: 12 USD

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Time Required: 02:30 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

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  • I will admit, I’m a nerd for physics, science, and astronomy but proud of it. Here they have a fantastic collection of exhibits and telescopes. I probably spent over an hour looking at all of their historic telescopes. You can touch meteorites, view the sun, and so much more. The “Planet 9” show was also fantastic, and look, you really can’t beat the view of the city from this location. I took some great selfies! I’d highly recommend this place if you claim to enjoy science!! 😊

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  • I visited here last spring and have visited here in the past. What an amazing experience! Everything was enjoyable and a cut above the rest. I found the presentation educational and relaxing. Overall quiet and subdued atmosphere. Definitely will be visiting again.

  • I love museums and I love planetariums but this one needs better signage. I was given a paper when I walked in and asked to analyze the museum, describe how I got from one place to another and why. The signs there are not good, the attractions don't always have an attendant and they have no signs saying where and if there is a line. I loved the attractions, I thought it was great they had one showing how Chicago's sky looked in 1913, but navigating there was not easy. We were supposed to turn in our reviews at the end of the trip but we were promptly escorted outside right after the Planetarium show because it was closing time. I hope they see this since they didn't see that and make navigation there better!

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  • The Adler Planetarium is a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics. It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. It is located on the northeast tip of Northerly Island at the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois. The Adler is America's first planetarium and part of Chicago's Museum Campus, which includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum. My sister and I had a great time exploring and learning about planetariums. And they have interactive stations. If you have the city pass, then you can come here as well. The have beautiful beach outside to walk around and gift shop. A great educational place to bring kids.

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  • I was extremely excited to check this place out, especially after an amazing experience at Griffith Observatory in LA. Let me start with the positives ... Pros: - Beautiful view of the Chicago skyline (outside the planetarium) - Decent/fun place for kids Cons: - The show, "Destination Solar System" sells itself as an experience in 2096. What is the show really about? Showcasing a few of the major planets and grade 8 information about each. No point in time does it give us a futuristic feel except the host telling us to use our imagination. - The actual museum /displays were subpar. Much better showcases in Washington DC and LA. - $25 per head. Complete rip off.

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