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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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this place has to be one of the worst plantariums in the country.

even if you are into planatariums, this place just is limp. i went there on free day. april 22. i... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2017
tiny and disappointing

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

Reviewed 14 April 2017
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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 23 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 31 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
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the planetarium with family. I had not been to one since I was a small child, it was so much more than I expected, it is affordable and there are several shows to pick from. Arrive early and...More

1  Thank Jody C
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Good layout and show venues. Many exhibits and outside night time telescope viewings. Unique architecture

Thank mmaskaly
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The movies are great if your looking to learn something the dome ceiling is nice with the chairs that recline by them self nice place for kids to learn about interesting things.

Thank d76er
Reviewed 13 February 2017

For finishing up our unit on the solar system this was a great ending for my students. They loved the movie and the theater. Loved touching the meteors in the exhibition hall. Students enjoyed seeing the different meteors from around the US and the planets...More

Thank Brianna B
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The shows are fantastic, the staff is awesome, the displays are very well done, and the gift shop items are excellent! I became a member years ago and the value is out of this world, all the shows you can watch for a whole year!

1  Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 27 December 2016

The movie theater has a good show about space and will be educational for the kids. You can also touch a meteor.

1  Thank Robert T
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My husband is disabled. Can a scooter be used in the facility
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!
what is the address?
6 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
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.
17 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