Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
1664 N Virginia St
Mail Stop 0272
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
Phone: 775-784-4812 (office) / 775-784-4811 (recorded show information)
Museum hours: (call ahead to verify hours)
Mon-Thurs 12 PM to 7 PM
Friday 12 PM to 9 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 9 PM
Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM
Sun-Thurs 10 AM to 7 PM
Fri & Sat 10 AM to 9 PM
Dome Theater admission: $7 adults and teens; $5 children (12 and under); seniors (60 and over), and UNR students/staff with ID
Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center (FPSC) was opened in 1963 as a public showcase for research of the Desert Research Institute (DRI), and evolved into a public face for Earth & space science of the University of Nevada, Reno. The unique space-age building (a hyperbolic parabaloid) is itself an active solar thermal collection system, now augmented additional renewable energy technologies of a wind turbine and photovoltaic array.
FPSC serves K-12 students through field trips and public visitors, and works with Washoe County School District (WCSD) to develop and deliver hybrid formal/informal education programs and curriculum that begins in the classroom and extends to extracurricular activities. FPSC provides content and instruction for summer camps across the University, and as a part of the college of Extended Studies, has productive relationships with many departments in the colleges of Science, Engineering, and Liberal Arts. FPSC also participates in funded research projects including Mars cave detection, airborne infrared astronomy, Trans-Neptunian Object (TNO) measurement, and integrated STEM education research.
FPSC is an easily accessible location near the new center of campus:
• A school bus loading zone
• Convenient free parking in the adjacent parking garage
• A stop on the Sierra Spirit downtown circulator bus
FPSC has a rich history in the northern Nevada community and a strong vision for the future as a K-12 learning lab and public STEM resource.