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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 71 Attractions in Reno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Cultural
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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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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Its very small, not a lot to see in the lobby or exhibit room, but still very nice. Each show is about 45 minutes and only 7$, which is definitely worth it. The show room is small & its not "top quality" footage/display, but its good, very educational and entertaining. If you have an hour or so, definitely stop in... More

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Walla Walla, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On the UNReno campus. Check it out online. Films and tours of the stars. Interesting exhibits at the science center.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great films and better shows on weekends. If you drive, drive around the university campus as it is very nice.

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Shingle Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I always enjoy a good Planetarium show and this did not disappoint. Purchased and looked at the small gift shops and exhibits before the show started.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is a fun little place to visit if you are interested in space (who isn't?) and you have some time to kill. There is a small museum where you can touch a real meteorite. I've never done that before! We also saw a couple of interesting films in the planetarium dome itself. Sit as far back as you can... More

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