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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 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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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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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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Usually a choice between or including several interesting shows. A nice arrangement for free parking in a covered lot only a few steps for the entrance.. In addition to the theater seating, there are a number of informative displays that give several perspectives from vantage points outside of earth. We found it helpful to check on the starting time for... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is such a well kept secret and local gem, located on the UNR campus. Check their website for all of the many shows and displays they have as they are always rotating them. It is a great way to spend the afternoon and explore science!

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My children and I go here frequently especially in Nov. because it's really cheap (anniversary month).

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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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