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Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

Address: 1650 N Virginia St, Mail Stop 272, Reno, NV 89557
Phone Number: 775 784 4812
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Ranked #20 of 51 Attractions in Reno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
Owner description: Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center (FPSC), originally built as a public research facility...
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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.

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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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Benicia, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Small university planetarium it's basically 1 room of models, educational signs and meteor fragments on ground floor, the rest is basement has big planetarium show room for shows every hour or so. The gallery room is free, the shows cost about $7/person. There is nearby parking in university garage free w/planetarium validation, and the student union is about a 10... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Want to get your kids excited about space exlploration while having fun? Then this is the best place in Nevada to go. After taking my 4&6 year old kids here all I hear about is how they want to learn more about our universe. My son has become inspired to become a scientist so he too can explore and learn... More 

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Winnemucca, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Although the Planetarium is quite small, it offers enough exhibits and learning to enjoy if you have family with small children. One fear I always have when going on outings with our small toddler (I'm sure other parents relate to this), is that she'll get lost when there is a huge crowd. It makes it harder and puts me on... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The planetarium is located right on the Nevada university site and is quite small. Several displays of rocks or minerals had a stand but no information posted on it. We saw a movie about dark matter that was terrible. It was dated, our of focus, and oh so sloooow. I had to force myself to stay awake.

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Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.I am in a wheelchair, had two younger children in tow, and they made sure that was no barrier to enjoying the experience. Good value. Great entertainment. We'll be back.

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Fallon, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Interesting exhibits and many hands-on activities. Exciting full dome shows! I also love the telescope, open on Fridays. One time, I was able to see several rings of saturn. Love this place.

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Turlock, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Free trip that the kids loved. Ask to visit the museum prt only and it's free. The movie cost money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

It's always interesting how few visitors or residents have seen the planetarium on the campus of University of Nevada Reno... even few UNR students we know have gone. It's a great planetarium and the "show" changes on a regular basis. The first time I went, I took my then-4-year-old grandson (known for his impatience and inability to sit through pretty... More 

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