Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

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1664 N Virginia St
Reno, NV 89557
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Dan Ruby
775-784-4812
Fax: 775-784-4822
danruby@unr.edu
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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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3.5
Based on 18 reviews

Lizzy M.
Went here for a kids bday party, my kids enjoyed it very much. They were very impressed. The dome theater was super nifty. If you're like me and get super... Read More


Ralph T.
Close to downtown Reno. Came here with my granddaughter she enjoyed the show about Saturn. This is a smaller planetarium but they still have a good... Read More

Upcoming Events

April 18
Steampunk Tavern Stroll
Dress up like Victorian-era neo-futuristic sci-fi characters and go from tavern to tavern tasting...

April 18
High Desert Steampunk Expo
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April 18
Reno Craft Beer Week
A regional festival for traveling beer enthusiasts and local fermentation aficionados.

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