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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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City's secret gem

This is not a tourist attraction, but if you want to experience Reno like a local, this is a must. A small planetarium, but you go here for the shows (included in the admission... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is not a tourist attraction, but if you want to experience Reno like a local, this is a must. A small planetarium, but you go here for the shows (included in the admission price) which are regular and change often. Great place to spend a couple hours. No long lines, easy parking and uncrowded. Very reasonably priced.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It's a small facility, not new, with a tiny museum display area, gift shop, parking for a few cars on the university grounds. There are usually 2 presentations showing the sky and a movie under the dome with an introduction. Sometimes, on Fridays, the students might have a few telescopes outside for star viewings. It's nice to have this in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This place needs a good upgrade, it should be more fun and interesting so all the tourist will be excited to go there. The shows are very blurry, you wish it to be on a better visual side, but no not cool at all!

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reno nevada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This planetarium is very reasonable in price, and the kids working the desk are extremely friendly. Parking is easy to find and close to the entrance. The Pink Floyd laser light shows on Friday and Saturday nights are absolutely mind boggling for all ages. The comfortable chairs recline a bit so you must be careful you don't go to sleep... More 

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Truckee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Our 2nd graders watched a movie comparing and contrasting the planets. The movie concluded that that Earth is the perfect planet. This showing was very clever, entertaining, and educational. My students learned a bunch. The price was affordable. Our guide who presented the movie was very knowledgable and entertained questions from our inquisitive students.

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Yreka, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We have seen a show everytime we have been to Reno. Each show has been very interesting, informative, and very entertaining. The exhibits are pretty cool to look at also. Great price for a cool dome show.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

While waiting for the show, go into the exhibition hall and play two steel marble balls and watch them produce a white light and go into symmetrical ending in the funnel.

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orange county, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This was the only space related activity I could find during our Truckee/Tahoe trip (other than stargazing, that is :-). It's very small, but does what it can with the space. A cool looking passageway takes you to the informational and meteorite displays. A gravity well sits in a corner. This last, it implies you need to buy chips to... More 

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Northern California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Okay so the student workers are awesome, but the whole place is run down and worn out, The exhibits are missing some signs and you can see everything in 10 minutes. The actual planetarium shows are good- but the seats are torn and raggedy looking. Fix this place up and show it the love it deserves and I could raise... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is a great place to take the whole family. Not so far off of the road that you can stop at it when you are on I-80 traveling to Salt Lake City. The kids will love it and the gift shop too.

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