The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum has taken the lead among planetariums world-wide in establishing an astronomy and astrophysics research group in a museum setting. Adler Planetarium astronomers possess rich and diverse expertise in many areas of astronomy as well as other closely related science fields such as particle physics and geophysics. Several members of the Adler Astronomy Department also hold joint appointments at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. The nature of these joint appointments strengthens the integration of the Adler and its educational mission with the research community.
The Adler is home to more than 35,000 square feet of exhibits. From scale models of the Solar System, to ancient astronomical instruments, to interactive adventures, our exhibit galleries provide a passageway for you to explore the universe.