U-46 Planetarium

312 Watch Street
IL
Elgin
60120
(847) 888-5324

The Elgin School District U-46 Planetarium began life as the Elgin National Watch Company Observatory. It was in 1959 that the Elgin National Watch Company donated its observatory to the Elgin U-46 School District.

The school district added a planetarium to the facility in 1963, making it the first school system in the state of Illinois to have its own planetarium. Since its opening in 1963, more than 700,000 school children have attended planetarium programs at the facility.

All visitors must have an appointment.
Public Shows:
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Sky show with solar eclipse focus @ 4:30 & 6:30

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Evening Public Shows, 4:30 & 6:30

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
family public shows at 4:30 & 6:30

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Public Shows
4:30 & 6:30pm

Monday, August 22, 2016
family shows at 4:30 and 6:30, Solar Eclipse themed