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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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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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Charming planetarium - great for families and space enthusiasts!

My children (ages 9, 6, and 5) are at the stage where they are at or beginning to have a big interest in space and science, so they love to watch the shows here. They enjoyed the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
Reno, Nevada
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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A bit too small. Won't worth the drive from Truckee after skiing. Still, the exhibits are cool. They displayed minerals from the moon.

Thank arnoldwu
Modesto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fleischmann Planetarium is a small place you can go and see an astronomy show. It isn't that expensive to get tickets. Good place to take your kids to for sure. They have stuff to buy related to astronomy. Definitely during the hot summers of Reno, a nice cool place to be inside for a hour.

Thank Harvey I
Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

My children (ages 9, 6, and 5) are at the stage where they are at or beginning to have a big interest in space and science, so they love to watch the shows here. They enjoyed the body/oceans on another planet show that we watched recently. They can't wait to see the other shows. We bought a family membership (up... More 

Thank boysrthebest
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Very small but if you want to see lots of Asteroids this is the place for you. The gift shop was small and expensive. But the theater inexpensive and was really cool, we sit through three shows, and they were all equally good and informative.

Thank keithc754
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

A nice afternoon, a bit difficult to locate the Planetarium on the University of Nevada Campus. Note, there are few signs to direct you. Highlight is the theatre. Worth the time

1 Thank ramonabare
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Did you know they had a dome, you can see movies star shows and they also have place to view real stars and the sky at night.

Thank Al A
Benicia, California
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10 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Great show, comfortable seating, though a little tired. We went to see one show, and talked them into a different show, Good shows, friendly helpful staff

Thank Barry B
North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We were looking for something interesting to do for an hour or two and were so happy to find this little gem! It is on the university campus, but parking is free for planetarium guests at the nearby deck. (Pull in and turn right, and you'll see some designated spots. Then it's just about 50 steps to the planetarium!) We... More 

1 Thank Jennifer J
Annandale, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This was one of the country's first few planetarium / atmospherium combinations that could show a sunrise. That's its claim to fame, and I was somewhat disappointed to take a friend there and not find a show in the three hours or so we had that included that feature. Still, it's an interesting attraction, one of the few things in... More 

1 Thank Doug S
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Really enjoyed the show about black holes, and if we were staying in the area, we'd definitely see others! Parking is free for planetarium guests if you park in the designated spots in the deck (very close by!) and ask for a parking pass at the front desk of the planetarium. Very nice staff and a lovely little gift shop.... More 

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