Adler Planetarium, Chicago

Adler Planetarium, Chicago (must see)

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Illinois was the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere and is the oldest in existence today. The Adler was founded and built in 1930 by the philanthropist Max Adler, with the assistance of the first director of the planetarium, Philip Fox. Located on Northerly Island, it is a part of Chicago's Museum Campus along with the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. For its design, architect Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr. was awarded the gold medal of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1931. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The Adler has three full-size theaters. Since the museum's opening in 1930, visitors view representations of the night sky in the historic Sky Theater planetarium, the outer protective dome of which is visible from the exterior of the building.

Why You Should Visit:
Dedicated to space exploration... past, present & future!
There's an interesting collection on the first instruments/telescopes used to follow the heavens as well as exhibits on NASA's space exploration (including the original Gemini spacecraft).
Movie screenings are held in a giant dome projection theater and can be selected upon arrival (each movie is about 30 minutes in length).

Tip:
The Planetarium's location provides beautiful views of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago so take the time to walk around, snap some pictures and enjoy the views!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Adler Planetarium on Map

Sight Name: Adler Planetarium
Sight Location: Chicago, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery

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