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Adler Planetarium, Chicago

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#2 of 11 in Childrens Museums in Illinois
Both a National Historic Landmark and one of the most well-known facilities of its kind in the country, Adler Planetarium is set in an Art Deco building on the shores of Lake Michigan. The planetarium was America's first, and today features multiple domed theaters and an extensive selection of themed shows that detail the universe and planetary systems. As you sit in the sky theater, you'll find that it is one of the most technologically advanced of its type. Visit the onsite museum to see exhibits on the history of astronomy, astronomical technology, the solar system, telescopes, cyberspace, and more. Use our Chicago online road trip planner to arrange your visit to Adler Planetarium and other attractions in Chicago.
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  • Taking advantage of the visit in Chicago tickets we take visit this cute Museum, see the (very small) Moonstone, capsule input, helmets etc, please you must have time to enter the dome and see a wonderful presentation of the universe and star them then you can take photos with great background Lake
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  • Some of the exhibits are worthwhile and potentially interesting. We noticed that our 6 1/2 yr old grand daughter reacted most positively to those with a person present, like a teacher, to interactive ...  more »
  • Unfortunately I don't have time to visit it internally, but we went the night and during the day to take a picture of the skyline, and in my opinion is the best place. Visit zerandoavida.com to view pictures and tips.
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  • Was a fun time. We stepped into this one not really knowing what to expect. The staff were super kind and served us with a smile. It is well worth the price of admission. It's geared towards kids and teens, but I could see how adults into astronomy would enjoy it. Bring food however, gets pricey in the cafe.
  • This was my least favorite museum in Chicago and the farthest one. Besides the shows, I just thought there was not enough material and the current displays were boring. I expected more artifacts and also see some spacecraft exhibitions. I also thought this was the smallest one among the 3 museums in the area. However, I did enjoy the quality of the shows especially the ones in the large screen dome. They were very immersive indeed! I had a City Pass so all the shows were included. Each show had a specific time schedule so plan your day. The staff was kind enough to create a strategy using the complimentary map so I don't miss any of the shows. Each show has a live narrator and last about 30 minutes. I loved the "Destination Solar System" and "Planet Nine". To kill time in between shows, they had some interactive exhibits but mostly for kids. It was my first time here and glad that it was part of the City Pass so still saved money rather than paying extra. Just be prepared to walk if you took the subway.
  • Location of this museum is amazing. Great view of Chicago's skyline and Lake Michigan. Fun play areas for the kids inside. Best part is seeing a show in the dome theaters.
  • 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!! 😊
  • Cafeteria menu options needs to be improved. Cosmic nights and planet nice were good shows. Beautiful city view from outside

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