Community / Organization

Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium— is more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together. Each year, over 570,000 visitors experience the museum’s interactive exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM programs, and world-class collections.

The mission of the Adler Planetarium is to inspire exploration and understanding of our Universe. We value:

  • An engaging, user-friendly museum serving diverse audiences
  • Excitement and curiosity about space science and space exploration
  • Programs based on credible science and educational research
  • Well-managed collections
  • Adherence to results-oriented planning
  • A professional work environment and highly motivated, diverse staff
  • Long-term financial stability and the economic viability of our endeavors.

Adler Teen Programs provides Chicago students with a safe and fun space to learn, experiment, and gain exposure to new possibilities through hands-on STEM opportunities.