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As Yerkes has become a space at the confluence of culture, art, and science, we have so much going on. From our speaker series to our roster of tours to our star parties, keep up to date by getting on our email list, following us on social media, and visiting us in person. We're forever evolving into a place of diverse programs for kids and adults alike. Writers, artists, sculptors, photographers, musicians, engineers, chemists, tech innovators, and astronomers are collaborating to understand how science inspires the arts and how the arts inspire cosmic discovery. We're eager to work together at this epicenter of BIG IDEAS. What was a dormant institution a couple years ago and a construction site under full restoration just last year is now a vibrant place filled with enthusiasm, focus, and new voices in conversation. Discover what’s happening in Cobb & Hale's three domes and the junction of Olmsted ellipses. More importantly, discover how you can tap into the energy.

Solar Eclipse Open House

Join us for our Solar Eclipse Open House! We’ll have a livestream of the total eclipse, *safe solar observing outside if the weather is clear, family activities, presentations, and more for your family to enjoy. Want to learn more about solar eclipses before the event? Check out our solar eclipse page here! The Open House…

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Save the Date: Open House Schedule

Join us for Open Houses this year! Each event is rain or shine and includes a variety of activities for you and your family. Every open house has a theme, so please see the list below. This does not include the use of the telescopes in the building. Reservations are required.  Tickets for this event cost $5 per child…

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Messier Marathon Open House and Schedule of Events

Join us for Yerkes Messier Marathon Open House! We’ll have telescopes on the South Lawn, presentations, food, and educational activities for you and your family. March 9th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, rain or shine. This does not include the use of the telescopes in the building. Reservations are required.  Tickets for this event cost $5 per child and $10 for adults…

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“Time Will Tell” by Ashley Zelinskie

This commissioned sculpture visualizes the curvature of the fabric of space-time around celestial objects as described by Einstein, who visited Yerkes in 1921. A planet and its moon, a star modeled from NASA scans of our own sun, and a black hole are represented, each bending space-time in different ways. The curvature of the white…

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Yerkes Solstice Celebration

Join us for Yerkes Solstice Celebration on the lawn! This rain or shine event will take place June 16th from 6:30-10:30 PM. There will be an array of activities including telescopes on the South lawn, presentations, planetarium shows, and educational activities for you and your family! Tickets for this event cost $10 and $5 for…

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