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“Interesting, but small”

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
Ranked #23 of 139 things to do in Reno
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed October 28, 2013

I walked, so it was difficult to find; it would have been a lot easier had I been driving. The planetarium itself consists of a small "gift shop" at the entrance, an exhibit room, and a huge sun where they do the shows.

I attended two shows (3 actually as two are shown back to back as one). The first was educational, and quite interesting, while the 2nd was a dizzying, motion sickness inducing piece for Pink Floyd's album "Darkside of the Moon." I would highly recommend seeing this if you are into Pink Floyd and aren't prone to seizures.

Thank lostinspace4good
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

I am an amateur stargazer who loves to visit anything related to space, stars or galaxies. The Fleischmann Planetarium was conveniently located just off Virginia Ave. on the UNR campass with very fair prices for their movies. Their show schedule was not exatly what was advertised but the star movies I saw were entertaining non-the-less. The Planetarium is quite small seating less than 100 patrons but the seats were reclined for better ceiling viewing. Their sound system was adequate and to the positive side it wasn't ear shattering. The lobby has a good variety of space related items on sale including telescopes. It was a cheap and entertaining three hours spent in Reno. I definitely look forward to another visit.

Thank Robert B
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Aside from the movies that they offer there isn't too much else even though there are some small displays. Catch the Spirit bus from downtown for a quarter.

Thank Goleta
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

The shows are fantastic, a real jewel for the Reno area, for the money it is a great way to spend a few hours with the family or friends.

1  Thank Dennis J
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

A fun way to spend an hour or so looking at the free displays in the exhibit area. I did not pay for a show in the actual planetarium, only visited the science center portion, but found it interesting!

Thank Ladybug642
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