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Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

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Address: 1650 N Virginia St, Mail Stop 272, Reno, NV 89557
Phone Number: 775 784 4812
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Description: Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center (FPSC), originally built as a...
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.
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Fun way to spend a couple of hours!

We really enjoyed the planetarium. It was an excellent road trip stop that got us out of the heat, but didn't consume an entire day. My five-year-old completely loved watching the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Shows are fascinating for all age groups. Usually a good rotation of shows through out the year. The current selection is a very good example of the variety offered.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We saw the Extreme Planets show and loved it. Great for adults, kids loved it too although missed lots of the detail in the show. The exhibition (free) was so interesting and interactive, terrific stuff for sale in shop. Would have stayed for more shows if we could.

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Love to go to Reno and watch the new shows. Each one teaches more new science and is very interesting. I enjoy even those I have seen before because there is always something I missed.

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Williston, North Dakota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We really enjoyed the planetarium. It was an excellent road trip stop that got us out of the heat, but didn't consume an entire day. My five-year-old completely loved watching the movies on the planetarium screen, and had a good time checking out the interactive science exhibits afterward. http://wellwornsuitcase.blogspot.com/2015/04/nevada-fleischmann-planetarium.html

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Auburn, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Went to Fleishman yesterday with my daughter and her family. She has an infant, 5 year old, and a 9 year old. For their family the place was fine. We attended 2 shows. The first was a pretty bad space adventure on the dome which included a few bits of education, but for the most part was not understandable with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is not a tourist attraction, but if you want to experience Reno like a local, this is a must. A small planetarium, but you go here for the shows (included in the admission price) which are regular and change often. Great place to spend a couple hours. No long lines, easy parking and uncrowded. Very reasonably priced.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

It's a small facility, not new, with a tiny museum display area, gift shop, parking for a few cars on the university grounds. There are usually 2 presentations showing the sky and a movie under the dome with an introduction. Sometimes, on Fridays, the students might have a few telescopes outside for star viewings. It's nice to have this in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This place needs a good upgrade, it should be more fun and interesting so all the tourist will be excited to go there. The shows are very blurry, you wish it to be on a better visual side, but no not cool at all!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This planetarium is very reasonable in price, and the kids working the desk are extremely friendly. Parking is easy to find and close to the entrance. The Pink Floyd laser light shows on Friday and Saturday nights are absolutely mind boggling for all ages. The comfortable chairs recline a bit so you must be careful you don't go to sleep... More 

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Truckee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Our 2nd graders watched a movie comparing and contrasting the planets. The movie concluded that that Earth is the perfect planet. This showing was very clever, entertaining, and educational. My students learned a bunch. The price was affordable. Our guide who presented the movie was very knowledgable and entertained questions from our inquisitive students.

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Address: Address: 1650 N Virginia St, Mail Stop 272, Reno, NV 89557
Phone Number: 775 784 4812
Location: United States  >  Nevada (NV)  >  Reno

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