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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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Really interesting shows for a low price

We have seen a show everytime we have been to Reno. Each show has been very interesting, informative, and very entertaining. The exhibits are pretty cool to look at also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Yreka, California
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Yreka, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We have seen a show everytime we have been to Reno. Each show has been very interesting, informative, and very entertaining. The exhibits are pretty cool to look at also. Great price for a cool dome show.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

While waiting for the show, go into the exhibition hall and play two steel marble balls and watch them produce a white light and go into symmetrical ending in the funnel.

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orange county, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This was the only space related activity I could find during our Truckee/Tahoe trip (other than stargazing, that is :-). It's very small, but does what it can with the space. A cool looking passageway takes you to the informational and meteorite displays. A gravity well sits in a corner. This last, it implies you need to buy chips to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Okay so the student workers are awesome, but the whole place is run down and worn out, The exhibits are missing some signs and you can see everything in 10 minutes. The actual planetarium shows are good- but the seats are torn and raggedy looking. Fix this place up and show it the love it deserves and I could raise... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is a great place to take the whole family. Not so far off of the road that you can stop at it when you are on I-80 traveling to Salt Lake City. The kids will love it and the gift shop too.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Usually a choice between or including several interesting shows. A nice arrangement for free parking in a covered lot only a few steps for the entrance.. In addition to the theater seating, there are a number of informative displays that give several perspectives from vantage points outside of earth. We found it helpful to check on the starting time for... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is such a well kept secret and local gem, located on the UNR campus. Check their website for all of the many shows and displays they have as they are always rotating them. It is a great way to spend the afternoon and explore science!

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My children and I go here frequently especially in Nov. because it's really cheap (anniversary month).

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We enjoyed going to the planetarium at the University of Nevada at Reno. While the theater is small, I found the asteroid movie amazing. The second movie was about star gazing and reminded us of the fascinating sky and star constellations we can see each night. There are a variety of other movies they show here as well. The chairs... More 

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Carson City, Nevada, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I took my children for a learning field trip and it was a waste of time and money. The sound was horrible and the picture blurry. The film was incredibly boring. I had even asked if it would be appropriate for my two kids and they assured me it would be. I have been to the Kansas Cosmopshere in Hutchison... More 

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