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Chicago: Adler Planetarium

Product ID: 48038
Visit America's first planetarium during your Chicago holiday. Explore the exhibits at the Adler Planetarium, attend the sky show, and learn about the universe in this fully immersive experience. Book your admission ticket in advance to expedite entry.
About this ticket
Valid 1 day
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
Spanish, English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Learn about the history of the universe at America’s first planetarium
  • Tour the solar system, get a closer look at the night sky, and explore space topics
  • Choose to attend up to two sky shows, based on option selected and availability
Full description
During your visit to the Adler Planetarium you’ll be exposed to all aspects of the universe, from the creation of the cosmos to modern day space exploration. Your admission ticket includes entry to all eight exhibits and up to two shows, based on option chosen and availability. The following exhibits are included with museum admission. 

Mission Moon
Experience the story of Capt. Jim Lovell and America’s first steps into space.

The Magnificent Moon
Observe, imagine, explore the Moon like never before under an illuminated 3-meter- wide Moon globe suspended above the stairwell.

Astronomy in Culture
Go back in history to learn about some of the cultures that have engaged in the quest to understand their place in the Universe.

The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time
Visit distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the Universe has evolved over 13.8 billion years—from the Big Bang to the modern day. Located in the Pritzker Hall of Cosmology. 

Space Visualization Lab
The SVL is a working laboratory in the museum’s exhibition space where scientists, technicians, artists, and educators come together to create intuitive ways for visitors to interact with scientific data.

Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass
Experience the beauty and the sophisticated technology of some of the world's most important telescopes that make it possible to discover new information about the universe.

Our Solar System
Explore the planets, moons, dwarf planets, comets, and asteroids that orbit the sun. The solar system is much more than a star and 8 planets; it is home to a set of diverse and amazing objects that are only beginning to be understood.

Planet Explorers
An out-of-this-world playground for the Adler’s littlest explorers (ages 2-8). Climb, crawl, and hunt for objects on the surface of the mysterious Planet X!

Choose from up to two of the following sky shows, based on the option selected: 

Destination Solar System

Take a trip to the future with the live Destination Solar System show. Tour the solar system, the hottest spots, and the coldest, most spectacular sights.

Skywatch Live!
Get a closer look at the sometimes strange, and often breathtakingly beautiful, diversity of objects that are right above you in the night sky.

Planet Nine
In Planet Nine, you’ll join planetary scientists in the search for a true ninth planet much farther from home and that may be hiding in plain sight.

Imagine the Moon
Explores how the Moon has inspired human creativity, learning, and exploration ever since we have looked to the sky.

What is Planet?
How do you define a planet? Discover how new approaches and perspectives in science can change how we define worlds near and far. *Temporary exhibition open through Sunday 18th August 2019.

One World, One Sky - Big Bird's Adventure
This is an animated adventure geared towards young children. Young audiences will be thrilled to find themselves on Sesame Street with Big Bird and Elmo! The fun begins when Elmo’s friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China and the three stargazing friends embark on an exciting journey of discovery to learn about the Sun, the Big Dipper, and more.

The following exhibition is included with Museum Entry +2 only:

Historic Atwood Sphere
Experience the night sky over Chicago as it appeared in 1913. Although the stars’ positions have not changed, fewer of them are now seen due to light pollution. Let one of the Planetarium’s amazing staff identify the stars and constellations you see.
  • Admission to the standard exhibitions
  • A choice of shows depending on ticket type and based on availability
What’s Not Included
  • Adler After Dark
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
• Enter the main entrance of the Planetarium using the "Have a Pass" line instead of the "Need a Ticket" line
• During holidays, it is recommended you turn up earlier in the day to maximize the number of shows available to experience as they do book up
• The Adler Planetarium will be undergoing construction, with closures of some exhibits on the below dates
• The Community Design Lab and What is a Planet exhibit will be closed from August 19th, 2019 to November 14th, 2019
• The Atwood Sphere and surrounding gallery will be closed from September 3rd, 2019 to November 14th,2019
• The Definiti Theater, Milky Way Galaxy Wall, and Cosmology exhibit will be closed from September 16th, 2019 to November 11th, 2019
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Sky Show doesn’t worth money being charged. It lasts barely 25 minutes, non-informative, very little facts and/or numbers, not cognitive, not interesting, little interaction. I have been to the sky shows before at small planetariums and observatories and this one is the worst so far. The Museum is very nice and I really liked it.

July 31, 2019

Amazing! Learned a lot, impressive shows

For kids and adults very interesting. Don't miss it! A lot of ìnteractive games to play, videos explain the backround of space and planets, unbelievable objects too see like a space capsle or a part of the moon. The shows are spectacular, to know more about the stars and zodiac signs in the sky. Good to know, in case theres no GPS signal one day :-)

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May 11, 2015

Lots to see. Wish I had more time.

August 29, 2019

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Product ID: 48038