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Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

1650 N Virginia St, Mail Stop 272, Reno, NV 89557
775 784 4812
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Ranked #19 of 70 Attractions in Reno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center (FPSC), originally built as a public research facility of the Desert Research Institute, has attracted... more » Owner description: Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center (FPSC), originally built as a public research facility of the Desert Research Institute, has attracted nearly two million visitors since its opening in 1963. The uniquely shaped building, listed on the national register of historic places, was constructed around large panels of an early large-scale solar energy system designed by forward-thinking Reno architect Ray Hellman. Those initial ideas of renewable energy and sustainability have been revived through new solar electric and wind turbine installations on site, as well as updating the original components. FPSC has inspired countless students through field trips, and engaged the public through decades of planetarium programming, free observatory facilities, and exhibits.FPSC is Northern Nevada’s only venue specializing in space, astronomy, and related fields. The building contains three basic components: a newly-renovated 60-seat Star Theater housing a digital planetarium and large-format film system, a 3000 sq. ft. Exhibit Hall with both permanent and changing exhibits, and an extensive Science Store, as well as a classroom and fabrication areas. FPSC serves the university, from undergraduate to graduate students and faculty as a technological resource, and it serves the larger community as a public science education nexus. FPSC attracts a high number of visitors to the university campus: up to 15,000 K-12 students per year through field trip programs, 20,000 residents from Northern Nevada, and 20,000 out-of-state tourists. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

It's always interesting how few visitors or residents have seen the planetarium on the campus of University of Nevada Reno... even few UNR students we know have gone. It's a great planetarium and the "show" changes on a regular basis. The first time I went, I took my then-4-year-old grandson (known for his impatience and inability to sit through pretty... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Its very small, not a lot to see in the lobby or exhibit room, but still very nice. Each show is about 45 minutes and only 7$, which is definitely worth it. The show room is small & its not "top quality" footage/display, but its good, very educational and entertaining. If you have an hour or so, definitely stop in... More

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Walla Walla, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On the UNReno campus. Check it out online. Films and tours of the stars. Interesting exhibits at the science center.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great films and better shows on weekends. If you drive, drive around the university campus as it is very nice.

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Shingle Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I always enjoy a good Planetarium show and this did not disappoint. Purchased and looked at the small gift shops and exhibits before the show started.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is a fun little place to visit if you are interested in space (who isn't?) and you have some time to kill. There is a small museum where you can touch a real meteorite. I've never done that before! We also saw a couple of interesting films in the planetarium dome itself. Sit as far back as you can... More

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Medford, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We had a good time visiting the planetarium. I thought there would be more exhibits than there were. I would have liked if there were information cards on all the exhibits so we knew what we were looking at. Still was interesting and we still had a good time.

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Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I have a daughter with special needs and am often hesitant when going out with her. We took both of my daughters and 2 friends to see "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" and it was a huge success. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and the staff was wonderful! We will be attending another show soon.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I love going here and my daughter does too even if you don't want to see the show you can go see the exhibits

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Fernley, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We went with our daughter and grandsons. They were doing a special on Jupiters moons. It was just about long enough to keep the attention span of two young boys. The place was a little hard to find off the main street.

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