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Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

1650 N Virginia St, Mail Stop 272, Reno, NV 89503-0703
+1 775-784-4812
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Enjoyable few hours

We were the only people there for shows. Stayed for 2 shows, only 4 in theatre. Nice shows. Limited... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2016
Naples, Florida
Great escape

I took my husband to a show and it was great for a night out and learning. We both enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2016
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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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1650 N Virginia St, Mail Stop 272, Reno, NV 89503-0703
+1 775-784-4812
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Reviewed December 9, 2016

We were the only people there for shows. Stayed for 2 shows, only 4 in theatre. Nice shows. Limited exhibits. Of course if you're into planetariums it worth the stop. From downtown can take star bus to and from for 25 cents. You get discount...More

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Reviewed November 14, 2016

I took my husband to a show and it was great for a night out and learning. We both enjoyed the learning experience and it was fun to learn about our planet and the universe.

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Reviewed October 26, 2016

If you are science fan and stay up on the latest things, you won't find that much new here. The movies are a bit fuzzy and the displays have a dated feel about them (they did get that Pluto isn't a planet any more, however)....More

2  Thank saulsnatsky
Reviewed September 24, 2016

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...More

2  Thank Brittany_11_10
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...More

Thank R_newbury
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...More

1  Thank CoreyFromSF
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.

1  Thank Michael D
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.

1  Thank Georgia T
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...More

1  Thank CoyoteIsland
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...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
My husband is disabled. Can a scooter be used in the facility
January 22, 2017|
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Response from Dan R | Property representative |
Hi, Thanks for the inquiry! We are fully wheelchair-accessible, but scooters can be a tight fit in the theater so we usually recommend people park scooters and transfer to our seats when possible!
what is the address?
October 5, 2016|
Response from Brittany_11_10 | Reviewed this property |
1664 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89557 (Parking in the area can be a bit tricky, but you should be able to find off-campus parking a few blocks away on Sierra Street; and there's a campus shuttle that can take you close to the... More
Kathy R
What are the Planetariums hours for July? We will be in town for a week. The last time I went to your Planetarium was a couple of years before the Hubble went into space, so it has been a long time.
June 16, 2015|
Response from Dan R | Property representative |
Hi Kathy, Thanks for the inquiry! Fleischmann Planetarium is open daily year-round, and we open at 10 a.m. during the summer. For complete hours and a schedule of our current shows, visit us on the web at... More