Approximately 20 million people visit planetariums each year, according to the International Planetarium Society (www.ips-planetarium.org). Slightly more than 50% of the world’s planetariums are located in North America. Approximately 33% of these planetariums are located in primary or secondary schools; 17% are at colleges and universities; 15% are part of museums and science centers; 7% are associated with observatories or other institutions; the locales of the remaining 27% vary.
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Among U.S. planetariums, the following are the most visited:
Adler Planetarium (Chicago; www.adlerplanetarium.org), Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY; www.haydenplanetarium .org), and Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (San Diego, CA; www.rhfleet.org).
Adler Planetarium is one of 10 institutions located on Chicago Park District land adjacent to Lake Michigan. The district attracts 7.8 million visitors annually; the planetarium sees more than 400,000 visitors.
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In 2000, when the Natural History museum in New York opened Hayden Planetarium at its Rose Center for Earth and Space, it attracted 5 million people; annual attendance has since leveled out at 3 million.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, located in Balboa Park in San Diego, reports about 550,000 annual visitors.
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The following links to a list of prominent planetariums: www.rkma.com/travel.planetariums.pdf.
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Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), 818 Connecticut Avenue NW,
7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006. (202) 783-7200. (www.astc.org)
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Center for Science in the Public Interest, 1220 L Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 332-9110. (www.cspinet.org)
International Planetarium Society, 7714 Lookout Court, Alexandria, VA 22306. (www.ips-planetarium.org)