Observatory/ Planetarium

  • 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 is an addition on the back of the 1910 Elgin National Watch Company Observatory that is on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 1 million students have been mesmerized by the majesty of the night sky during lessons at the planetarium. 

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    The building is occasionally open to the public for evening sky shows during the school year. It is not open in the summer. You can take a virtual Able Eyes tour using a Google maps format through the building. L1 is the first floor and L2 is upstairs. Click the arrows on the embedded images to the right to "walk around" or click here to go to full screen  navigation through the building. 

     Call (847) 888-5019   josephkellenberger@u-46.org for more information. 

    Use this QR to take the tour.

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  • 2023-24 Public Shows: 

    Public programs are completed for the 23-24 school year.

    Check back in September 2024 for public show dates and information. The U-46 Planetarium is a school district classroom and is not open in the summer. 

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