Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, Tucson: Hours, Address, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium Reviews: 4.5/5

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
4.5
Science Museums • Observatories & Planetariums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Located on the University of Arizona campus, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium inspires visitors of all ages to explore the wonders of science. Take a journey through the solar system and beyond in Flandrau’s state-of-the-art planetarium theater, featuring a fulldome digital projection system that launches you from the Earth to the planets, moons, and asteroids of our galaxy. Flandrau also offers fun interactive science exhibits that will engage the whole family, and dazzling specimens from the UA Mineral Museum. Current exhibit topics include earth science, sharks, astronomy, math puzzles, and gemstones. Open Tuesday through Sunday, see website for hours, showtimes, and admission prices.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
The beauty of our planet
Feb 2020
This place named: Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium.

They went after the Critical Zones, as well the Earth's outer skin.

The critical zone lies 3 zones.

I try to see how huge this is.

We saw lots of rocks,gems, dinosaurs

We were also at the planetarium, showing the space. I liked that Wow!

There was well more. It is amazing!

This is a must see!
Written September 15, 2020
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Sue B A
Sintra, Lisboa, Portugal15 contributions
Awesome Place!
Feb 2020
We watched the “Black Hole” show. This theatre is amazing. Didn’t see the exhibit but plan to next time.
Written March 1, 2020
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Fernanda Diez
13 contributions
Entertaining
Jan 2020 • Family
We went to this place and really hoped for a better experience. We we’re expecting to see a movie at the planetarium about “black holes” that was advertised and instead we ended up seeing a movie about Christmas. My kids were disappointed. The museum is pretty small and the area where they have the stones and gems is partially empty. It is an interactive museum but they have very few activities. I wouldn’t plan a trip just to go to this place. Maybe for smaller kids it can be a bit more fun. Mine are 15 and 12 (my 8 year old enjoyed it a little more)
Written January 5, 2020
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cjkines1
Lenoir, NC736 contributions
Movies are the best
Jan 2020 • Friends
The planetarium movie on Mars was interesting and the moderator was knowledgeable. The moderator could have been more engaging.
The gem and mineral area is being moved and was almost empty - disappointing.
The rest of the center was good. The shark display was very well done.
Written January 4, 2020
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Aviann22
Boise, ID12 contributions
Fun place to explore planets, sharks, water, minerals.
Dec 2019 • Family
Three adults and two boys, ages 6 & 9 visited 12/27/19 in the morning. The University of Arizona was on break, so campus was empty and easy to navigate. I parked near the Flandrau on Hawthorne Street in the yellow curb zone and obtained a permit from the Center to put on my dash to park free. The others parked in the Cherry Street garage, a block or two away, also free that day, presumably due to the U of A winter break.

We bought exhibit only fares because we didn't have time to see a film too. The exhibits were varied enough to hold everyone's interest. We appreciated the photos of Mars and the planetary exhibit. The kids especially liked being in the simulated deep sea explorer where they manipulated the steering wheel and throttle to navigate their imaginary way underwater searching for life in the deep sea. Several exhibit stations about sharks were informative and fun. We liked playing The Water Cycle game with magnetic pieces on the giant upright game board. Tracks and Scat was interesting, but some of the animal sounds seem in need of repair. Everyone liked the table where we created landforms then watched simulated water runoff and pooling areas. Going downstairs to the mineral exhibit encourages you to read the walls and imagine you are hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Many display cases were empty for cleaning or remodeling, but the large samples on the floor and remaining displays plus the fossil room around the corner were adequate for our exploration and raised many good questions for us to discuss. Our two hours at the Flandrau Science Center was a positive experience for all!
Written December 29, 2019
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lenmar2016
Phoenix, AZ32 contributions
Loved the gems and minerals
Oct 2019
We went mainly to see the planetarium show on the "Night sky of Tucson", but while we waited toured the museum. While we enjoyed the exhibits on Mars and Whales, we discovered the gem and mineral display in the basement and this was excellent. Maybe, because we were the only ones down there and could call out to each other to come see what had been discovered.
Written November 11, 2019
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docnoel14
Tucson, AZ194 contributions
Lots of fun
Aug 2019 • Family
We took our 3 year old to see the shark show and exhibits. She loved all of it and we thought it was cool too. Looking forward to the next exhibit.
Written September 5, 2019
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twintipbunny
Fort Collins, CO171 contributions
Loud kids ruined the experience
Aug 2019
This is a small place with rotating exhibits, not related to space. I heard one parent apologizing to their kids, because it wasn't what they were expecting. There really should be a dedicated exhibit on space. There was more information on the minerals exhibit downstairs, than anything to do with space. I wasn't bothered by that as much as the kids. It's one thing when they are playing at the interactive exhibits, but when it is during the movie, that is really distracting. Parents should know this is a documentary and science oriented. Most of the kids were bored and jumping on the seats or moving around the room. Kids and parents were talking constantly- "sit down" "be quiet" "pay attention" etc. They parents talked more than the kids. They should really just leave the theater. Instead, all I heard were multiple groups were trying to quiet the kids. And the staff did nothing about the situation.
Written August 31, 2019
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Martha C
Cape May Court House, NJ79 contributions
mineral museum is nicely done
Jun 2019 • Couples
Not as large as the one in Socorro NM but very well displayed with lots of different specimens. did not go to planetarium but the educational room with games and hands on was fun even for the adults next time i will see the planetarium
Written June 23, 2019
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overtheline2
Tucson, AZ131 contributions
Good on a hot summer afternoon
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is an excellent way to spend a not summer afternoon. The majority of students are away for the summer, so traffic and parking are not nearly as much of a challenge,
Plan on spending at least an hour, probably more, casually perusing the center. You're gonna enjoy it!
Written June 4, 2019
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