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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
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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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If you are looking for a place to take you children/grandchildren then don't overlook the planetarium. The static displays of moon rocks and meteors is open to the public and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 12, 2016
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As some others have said, Fleischmann isn't huge, but it's still cool...and free. The staff was really friendly and the show we saw was interesting, well-done, and presented only to us, which was a nice bonus. (We went on a Wednesday afternoon). The show was about 45 minutes, the seats are worn but fine, and it's $6-$8 depending on if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

If you are looking for a place to take you children/grandchildren then don't overlook the planetarium. The static displays of moon rocks and meteors is open to the public and provide a few hours of activity for the kids as well as adults. The planetarium also has a IMAX type theater with shows for both kids and adults. On select... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Strongly recommend for the young and seasoned astronomers! I was pleasantly surprised with what this center offers. Very informative, free ( unless you want to see the show), good coverage of all topics. I have been to larger planeteriums, and i can tell you, Smaller is better. Experience it for yourself, especially if you are visiting, as was I, from... More 

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Paradise, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

My husband and I have visited the planetarium twice in our travels to Reno... seen two of shows the have and have enjoyed walking the exhibits. A very easy and informative place for all ages.

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Reno, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Although an older facility, the Planetarium remains up to date in its wonderful presentions.It has been an integral part of Reno-Sparks education for nearly 50 years.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

On the UNR campus, this is a small but very nice attraction. The planetarium is always running a variety of science shows, kids shows and IMAX-Style movies. It even has a Fri-Sat night Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon show which, I'm sure, is packed with college students during school year. I think there is also a AAA discount... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

It was interesting. A good place to visit. Of course my grandkids who were with me from Houston Texas compared it to the one in Houston, Texas. (Everything's bigger in Texas) We were there at their suggestion. They said that they did enjoy the visit to the planetarium.

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Napa, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

I was exited at first but after we parked we got sent back to our car so it would not get a ticket .we had to move it and that was a hassle. it was a small site with one room of exibits and a small gift shop. my teens did not like it

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

In Truckee with the kids and needed something fun to do to get the kids out of the house. it's about 45 minutes to the Planetarium from Truckee. Parking is easy - follow the signs and then get a pass from the receptionist at the Planetarium. We saw a "Extreme Planets" movie, which was OK. Should have watched "Mars" or... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

The University of Reno planetarium is a treasure located just a few minutes away from downtown Reno. A great break. Offers several shows a day, very interesting programs seen from the comfort of reclining chairs. Very modest price. Always enjoyable.

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