Observatory/ Planetarium

  • Visit the U-46 Planetarium on Fri. Aug. 26, 2022 for a "Catastrophe Crawl" from 4-7pm. Four Elgin sites including the Planetarium, will be open for short programs with a disaster theme. Come anytime 4-7 to any and/or all 4 of the sites. English Flyer here . Spanish flyer here. No admission fee (donations appreciated), but please register using this QR code.

    QR Code registration 

    The Elgin School District U-46 Planetarium at 312 Watch St. opened its doors in September 1963 for students to learn about astronomy under the dome. It was built to serve the burgeoning U-46 population during the space race that eventually landed us on the Moon. It is an addition on the back of the 1910 Elgin National Watch Company Observatory that is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

    Many students have developed a lifelong interest in astronomy that can be traced back to the U-46 planetarium. Since 1963, more than 1 million students have been mesmerized by the majesty of the night sky during lessons at the planetarium.

    The building is occasionally open to the public for evening sky shows during the school year. It is not open in the summer. Dates are listed in August on the show page on the left and in the quick links below.

    You can take a virtual Able Eyes tour from the entrance through the building. L1 is the first floor and L2 is upstairs. Click on the arrows to navigate through the building. 

     Call (847) 888-5019 or e-mail peggyhernandez@u-46.org for more information.