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Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum of Chicago Sky Show

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum of Chicago

1300 South Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 922 7827

Written by Julie Greiner
Looking to the heavens, charting the stars and just delighting in the awe and beauty - brings thousands of visitors to the Planetarium. The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum was the first planetarium theater in America. It was founded in 1930 by Max Adler. Thus Max Adler founded the foundation of the Adler's History of Astronomy Collection. Today, the Planetarium is one of the foremost landmarks in Chicago. The Adler Planetarium ranks among the famous museums and aquariums that visitors to Chicago have grown to recognize as a symbol of Chicago's resources.

Adler's History of Astronomy Collection in Chicago

Today this collection of astro-navigational and mathematical instruments
consists of a collection of some 2,000 historic instruments dating from the 12 to the 20th centuries. This collection is one of the largest and most important in the world. In addition to the instrument collection - there is an immense library of rare books, collections of astronomically-themed works and an updated modern reference library and research center available to the public. The Rare Book Collection contains over 2,000 volumes. Some books printed before the 1500s. There is a collection of the most important celestial atlases, references
Dearborn Telescope at Northwestern University in the Dearborn Observatory
on comets and cosmological texts and tables. There are treatises on mathematics and practical applications, works on optics, physics, astrology, geography, navigation and early encyclopedias and dictionaries. One may gain access to the research and reference library by contacting the History Department.

The Dearborn Telescope

There are recorded images of comets and the history of such dating back thousands of years. People of today, no less than in the past are fascinated by their comings. The public may observe the heavens through the Dearborn Telescope on Friday nights. The Dearborn Telescope, dating back to 1861, is at Northwestern University in the Dearborn Observatory.
The original polished-wood tube of the telescope can be seen in the Cosmology gallery at the Adler Planetarium.

Chicago's Adler Planetarium Exhibits

Exhibits have been of Galileo's telescopes, William Herschel's discovery of the planet Uranus and early American surveying. The Heavenly Reflections exhibit traces astronomy in Asia for nearly four thousand years. The exhibit displays both celestial and terrestrial objects. The items displayed refer to heavenly or earthly domains. Poland's contribution to astronomers has amongst them the most famous of all - Nicolaus Copernicus. This exhibit features activities in Poland through
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum Sky Pavilion in Chicago
1690 and the books their astronomers published.

Whether you are a scholar, student or interested observer - the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum holds the secrete to the stars for all to observe. One may gain access to the research and reference library by contacting the History Department. The Adler gift shop - The Infinity Shop offers many one-of-a-kind gifts, artwork, books, telescopes and many other unique items. For more information call 312-922-STAR.

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