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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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Medford, Oregon, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

First, very nice staff. They informed us as we walked in, that the exhibits are intended for small children. Very small planetarium overall, only a couple of interesting exhibits. We were in and out in about 30mins. It should be expanded, Reno deserves better.

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Lakeport, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

if you have never gone to a planetarium, now's the time. Right now. There are two more Super Moons this year. Learn about your place in the scheme of things. File it away in your brain for times of extreme distress or boredom.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

a great visit for renoites and others alike..The guide is awesome very knowledgable about stars planets galaxys the like,,renoruona

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Great Falls, Montana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is a fantastic venue for kids. They history is awesome and the location is perfect for those staying in the downtown Reno area. 360 degree movies shown on a regular basis. You can loose yourself at the planetarium

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Love the shows and it's always very clean here. Wish there was more for teens but for those that love science and the wonders of space, this is the place to go.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The weekly sessions give you a great opportunity to see several star groupings and galaxies through very good telescopes. The hosts from astronomy.org can answer many questions which come up through the evening. Be sure and dress warmly, it gets quite chilly after the sun goes down!

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