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Fleischmann Planetarium, Reno

#3 of 6 in Museums in Reno
Observatory · Hidden Gem · Science Museum
Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, was originally built as a public research facility of the Desert Research Institute and 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. FP has inspired countless students through field trips, and engaged the public through decades of planetarium programming, free observatory facilities, and exhibits.

FP is Northern Nevada’s Place for Space, specializing in space science, space exploration, astronomy, and related fields. The building contains three basic components: a newly-renovated 65-seat Star Theater housing a digital planetarium and large-format film system, a 1500 sq. ft. Exhibit Hall with both permanent and changing exhibits, and an extensive Science Store, as well as a classroom. FP 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. FP attracts a high number of visitors to the university campus: up to 10,000 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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  • The Planetarium is a great place to learn about astronomy, space exploration, and our world and environment. A variety of dome shows are offered that change on a regular basis. An exhibit hall features hands-on activities, a meteorite collection, and even some space hardware. On first and fourth Fridays, have a look at the sky through a telescope, weather permitting. There's always something interesting going on at the Planetarium!
  • Staff is always friendly. So fun for adults and kids of all ages. A nice place for the family that doesnt break the bank.

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