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The Adler Planetarium

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The Adler Planetarium ('Adler') is a not-for-profit cultural institution whose mission is to inspire exploration and understanding of our universe. It aspires to be The world's premier center for experiencing and learning space science. The Adler Plan...

Program areas at The Adler Planetarium

Whether The Adler Planetarium is introducing a guest to The ring nebula, a neighborhood school to a community partner, a research team to a network of citizen scientists, or one staff member to another, The museum's focus on meaningful connections dates back nearly a century.today, The museum hosts more than half a million visitors each year and reaches millions more through youth programs, neighborhood skywatching events, online programs and outreach projects. It is home to a dedicated astronomy research department and a world-class collection of astronomical instruments, rare books, works on paper, and other artifacts that captivate visitors and researchers alike.with The Adler's support, people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities gain The confidence to explore their universe together and return to their communities ready to think critically and creatively about any challenge that comes their way.in 2020, nearly 300,000 visitors - including more than 20,000 students on field trips - experienced The museum's interactive exhibitions; immersed themselves in live Planetarium shows; challenged themselves with hands-on, minds-on programs in science, technology, engineering, The arts, and mathematics (steam); and discovered stories of exploration, imagination, and perseverance in historical artifacts they saw on display here at The museum or read about in our public online collections catalogue.the Adler introduced new museum offerings: The chicago's night sky exhibit that allowed guests to connect them and The city around them to The wondrous human tradition of looking up. Our community playlab designed that encouraged creativity, curiosity, exploration, and language and social skills in young learners.our community star studio, an interactive workshop where guests could roll up their sleeves and discover ways to creatively connect to The night sky. The Adler also delivered on its promise to meet people where they are-literally. Our astronomers and volunteers visited 14 neighborhoods around chicago and led free telescope observing for more than 1,200 of our neighbors. Making connections between people, ideas, and our universe doesn't just feel good - it drives scientific progress. When people feel welcome in The scientific community, they deliver real results.adler teens have hunted for meteorites 200 feet below The surface of lake Michigan, helped our scientists launch The first-ever light-pollution survey of chicago, and organized to educate others and fight light pollution in their own communities.through zooniverse.org, an online citizen-science portal co-founded by The Adler, over 2 million volunteers around The world - many of whom have no formal scientific training - contribute to real scientific research projects. To date, zooniverse volunteers have classified millions of galaxies, inspected hundreds of thousands of tuberculosis bacteria to fight antibiotic resistance, discovered new exoplanets, and helped research teams across disciplines tackle huge data sets.through The wonder of space science, The Adler connects people, communities, and institutions so we can explore our universe together and use our collective knowledge and skills to create a better world for everyone.

Form 990s for The Adler Planetarium

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-04-13990View PDF
2019-062020-08-21990View PDF
2018-062019-05-14990View PDF
2017-062018-04-10990View PDF
2016-062017-08-03990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

Who funds The Adler Planetarium

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Fulk Family FoundationCommunity Design Lab$625,000
 Subscribe to viewCommunity Design Lab$625,000
 Subscribe to viewGeneral Operating Support$241,666
...and 36 more grants received
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...and 6 more federal grants / contracts

Financials for The Adler Planetarium

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$9,533,261
Program services$4,225,003
Investment income and dividends$862,571
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$661,496
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$725,887
Net income from fundraising events$-379,782
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$274,095
Total revenues$15,902,531

Personnel at The Adler Planetarium

Michelle LarsonPresident and Chief Executive Officer$425,988
Marcia HeuserVice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer$222,519
Chris ComerfordVice President, Enterprise Strategy and Solutions and Chief Information Officer
 Subscribe to viewVice President , Enterprise Strategy and Solutions and Chief Information Officer$179,348
 Subscribe to viewVice President of Museum Experience and Collections / Vice President , Museum Experience and Collections$149,363
...and 16 more key personnel

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1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Website URL
(312) 922-7827
Facebook page
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A57: Science and Technology Museums
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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