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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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Out of This World!

While visiting in Reno we decided to check out the university planetarium and found a hidden... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Ron H
Okawville, Illinois
Very Good educational place

This center is located on the University of Nevada Reno campus. There is covered parking adjacent... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2017
Sparks, Nevada
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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
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

While visiting in Reno we decided to check out the university planetarium and found a hidden treasure. The provide 7 different shows throughout the day with a variety of subjects, some of which are Legends of the Sky, Ice Worlds, and The Wall: Light Show....More

Thank Ron H
Reviewed 18 October 2017

This center is located on the University of Nevada Reno campus. There is covered parking adjacent to it. The displays focus on various bits of actual space materials donated by private collectors. There are hands on exhibits for kids and adults. The Planetarium shows change...More

Thank flyfisher199
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center was a fun place to visit. What impressed me most was the friendliness and courtesy of the staff. My family watched 2 brief movies in the theater - with the 2nd short being about the total solar eclipse on August...More

Thank Spissatus
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Parking free in designated spots on UNR campus - West Stadium lot. Get pass inside to put in car. Exhibit hall free- very short time needed but super informative and fun. Movies in theater every couple of hours - those cost. We saw Robots Exploring...More

2  Thank Ally G
Reviewed 22 July 2017

This is a neat place to take the kids, or all of us who never grew up and still have the imagination and fascination with space travel and all things Universe. Shows daily that both kids and adults will like including songs by Pink Floyd...More

Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This was a pretty good planetarium, nothing big or fancy, just a straightforward selection of daily shows, a learning an exploration area and gift shop. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Parking is free.

Thank sp4301
Reviewed 22 April 2017

even if you are into planatariums, this place just is limp. i went there on free day. april 22. i had hoped they might have revived the place. but no such luck. i was out in 8 minutesMore

Thank doctoriragruber
Dan R, Manager at Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thank you for your feedback! I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit; it sounds like you didn't have a chance to check out our hands-on activities or a new planetarium show in our Dome Theater, which has updated technology and seats. We invite...More

Reviewed 14 April 2017

Im glad it was free to just walk in because i would of wanted admission money back. Not much to look at.

Thank E6655VMmelissam
Dan R, Manager at Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thank you for your feedback! We have a small Exhibit Hall as extension of our primary resource, planetarium shows in our Dome Theater! We invite you back to see a star show, which is what we do best!

Reviewed 11 April 2017

I've been coming here since I was a little girl with my Dad. It's the same exhibits (although slightly updated in recent years), and the same astronaut food, and similar shows every time we come. But it's a really neat place. It has a special...More

Thank Katie C
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I took my grandsons to the Planetarium last week. I hadn't been there in many years and was disappointed to find nothing had really changed. The show visual was of very poor quality, they really need to invest in a new projector (even the kids...More

3  Thank FoxyBoomer
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22 January 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!
5 October 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
16 June 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