The Universe in Your Hands: Early Tools of Astronomy (1995 and ongoing)

Presentation Date: 

Tuesday, March 21, 1995


Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago, IL

A new, permanent installation of artifacts from the History of Astronomy Collection intended to afford wide access to the scientific and cultural contexts of the artifacts.  This interactive, hands-on exhibition explores the lives and knowledge of European and Islamic astronomers of the Middle Ages.  Interpretive elements include evocative tableaux placing artifacts in historical settings; participatory stations offering the visitor an opportunity to use replica instruments; study bays affording in depth treatment of persons or concepts of special historical interest; video programs demonstrating and explaining the functions of certain instruments; primary-source graphics; and label copy.   Planning and implementation was supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Chief curator for the project, 1984-1990.

See also: 1990s