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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Annandale, Virginia, United States
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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 

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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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Columbus, New Mexico
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

There is no admission charge to see the exhibits, which took about an hour for our 6 and 8 year olds to explore. The charge to see the video was $5 or $7. "Larry Cat in Space" was a simple slideshow good for very young children (kindergarten and younger.) Park on the third floor of the parking garage to get... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Great place to catch an educational but entertaining show about planets, stars and the universe. The shows are fairly inexpensive, and if you go on the weekends parking is free and very easy to find. The staff is very friendly, they have free exhibits as well for your kids to roam around in and interact with. The surrounding university (UNR)... More 

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Portals, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Worth the$7. Great show n tunes, only about 45min. Tho. Best seats are in the very back row behind the projector.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My kids love these museums. IT is a great place to take them and have then explore and discover science and space. Many things to do hear and see. We spend 3-4 hours here with still more to see.

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Quincy, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I have been going here for 40 years and it just keeps getting better and better. Everyone of all ages deserves this treat in their lives.

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Placerville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We Saw a Very Interesting Presentation on Black holes. interesting displays. informative/ educational, great for kids.

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Danielson, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This planetarium and science center gives everyone the chance to learn, experience and enjoy the wonders of the sky especially the stars. All members of your family will enjoy their visit.

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The whole family loved it. Good prices too. The show was great and the gift shop had some cool stuff too.

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