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Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

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Address: 1650 N Virginia St, Mail Stop 272, Reno, NV 89503-0703
Phone Number: 775 784 4812
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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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Small, but Fun; Nice little Gift Shop and Meteorite Display; Pink Floyd Show

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
CoyoteIsland
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Reno, Nevada
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Reno, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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Sacramento, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Never been here before. Saturday. Drove 120 miles to get here. Came in for a look. No greeting. Gruff response from some student worker that the 1 p.m. film will be showing soon. You are on your own here as you navigate the displays. I was afraid to ask for anything from the staff. I left. I guess I will... More 

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Dan R, Director at Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, responded to this review

Hi Cameron, Thank you for the feedback. I'm sorry to hear your first experience wasn't enjoyable; if you contact a manager at (775) 784-4812 or planetarium@unr.edu we'd love to talk and find out how we can make it right! We were hosting a large special event the day you arrived, so I'm sure you'll find a more personally attentive staff... More 

Truckee, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

As a kid, I loved the planetarium. As an adult, it's not quite as fascinating. The display area is small, but informative. The theater has seen better days. We ended up paying to see two movies...and we both slept right through them. It's probably hit or miss, but to each their own.

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Dan R, Director at Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, responded to this review

Hi John, Thank you for the feedback and the visit! We're glad you enjoyed our small free Exhibit Hall, and we're happy to make better show recommendations next time! We are looking forward to replacing our seats this Summer, so we invite you back to check out new shows in the future! More 

Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

I remember going here when I was about 5 years old and how amazed I was!! They had pictures of the Star Trek characters "everywhere" and the walk through the downstairs was inspiring. Now, it's a little run down, the seats are old, but the shows are still pretty good. Not a place to bring a date, unless she's also... More 

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Dan R, Director at Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback! Yes, the seats are at the end of their life since they see a lot of visitors, but you may be happy to hear that our seats are being replaced this Summer, so we invite you back to check out a new show in the near future! More 

Aubrey, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Went and watched one of the space and star exhibitions in the dome theater. Very fun to watch and actually refreshed my memory on some of the star constellations that I used to know. <grin> Little pricey for only and hour long show but could education for anyone.

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