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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 #18 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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Fernley, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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 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
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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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Reno, Nevada
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17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Now, this place isn't competing with the Hayden planetarium, but for the size of this town it's nice to have a planetarium to visit! Not super impressed with the exhibits outside the planetarium, clearly the poor place needs more funding. Fun little gift shop. We watched "the exploding universe" which was fun and educational, which was followed by a winter... More

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Both kids and adults greatly enjoyed a viewing of 'Exploding Universe' on the unusual dome screen of the Planetarium's theater. We also found the attendants to be knowledgeable and nice, and the small astronomy museum an added treat. Overall, the Planetarium is a great place to take kids.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This is such a fun place to see the presentations. You sit in awesome, comfortable chairs and the screen is actually the ceiling. There are some interactive activities upstairs and a gift shop.

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