Adler Planetarium

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Address and Contact Info

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Telephone & fax:
Phone: (312) 322-0594
Fax: (312) 341-9935


Principal contacts for the collection:

Hours and Usage Restrictions

The Webster Institute’s Research Center is open to scholars and graduate students by appointment only. Research appointments depend on the availability of space, staff, security, and fragility of items involved. Appointments often need to be scheduled one to two months in advance.

Online Catalogs and Finding Aids

Collection Summary

Housed in the Adler's Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy, the Scientific Instrument Collection contains about 2000 instruments and models from the 12th through the 20th centuries. Representing many types of astronomical instruments, it is the largest collection of such material in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most significant in the world. In addition to these instruments, the Webster Institute is home to a significant library of rare and modern books, a collection of works on paper, the Adler Planetarium's Institutional Archives, and several small archival collections.

Usage Discussion

Suggestions for approaching the material:

Housing and getting by for less in the area:

Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

Major Topic Areas

Science & Technology, Space

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