Where is it located?
This building is located at 1300 South
Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
When was it built?
The Adler Planetarium was built in
When did it open to the
The Adler Planetarium opened to the
public on May 12, 1930.
Who donated the money for the
Max Adler donated $500,000 to make the
Adler Planetarium possible. Adler first saw a planetarium
in Germany. The Planetarium was named in honor of Mr.
The first real planetarium became
possible when in 1923, Dr. Walter Bauersfeld developed
optics that would help recreate the night sky by
projecting it onto the surface of a domed ceiling, which
is the idea of the modern planetarium.
Why is it important?
The Adler Planetarium is important
because it was one of the first major planetariums built
in the western hemisphere of the world.
What sky shows does the Adler
Shows currently shown (in March 2000)
at the Adler Planetarium include Millennium Mysteries,
Clouds of Fire, Little Dinosaur, Solar System
Spectacular, Journey to Infinity, and Blueprint
for the Red Planet.
What additions been added to the
There have been three additions. In
1930, there was an addition by Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr.
In 1981, Lohan Associates added on to the entrance. The
newest addition was opened in January of 1999, and it was
the Sky Pavilion.