Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, Tucson

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Located at the heart of the University of Arizona campus the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium explores our universe from earth to space and everything in-between, bringing science alive for young and life-long learners alike. Changing exhibits through the year focus on biology, energy, optics and more, weaving in ground-breaking UA research and revealing the world of science careers for budding scientists.

Sit back, relax and tour the universe in southern Arizona’s only Planetarium Theater. A new state-of-the-art digital projection system can show you the night sky and fly you to the edge of the known universe – all in high definition 360º imagery. Explore the ever-changing science exhibits and don’t miss the world-class UA Mineral Museum located on the lower level.

The University of Arizona Mineral Museum on the lower level of Flandrau houses one of the top-5 gem and mineral collections of the world. With a core collection dating back to 1892, the Mineral Museum now holds more than 26,000 specimens. The Mineral Museum's permanent exhibit of over 2,000 specimens includes stunning minerals and meteorites from Arizona, Mexico and around the world.
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  • Not as large as the one in Socorro NM but very well displayed with lots of different specimens. did not go to planetarium but the educational room with games and hands on was fun even for the adults n...  more »
  • This is an excellent way to spend a not summer afternoon. The majority of students are away for the summer, so traffic and parking are not nearly as much of a challenge, Plan on spending at least an h...  more »
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  • This was a perfect place for our daughter's 7th birthday party and lasted just under 3 hours. The center has a private room so we brought pizza, veggies, fruit and drinks for everyone (18 kids and parents). After lunch, everyone enjoyed going into the exhibit area to play and learn. The downstairs rock and fossil room was a big hit. Afterward, we all enjoyed the planetarium show "Perfect Little Planet." Then we went back to the private room for a demonstration of liquid nitrogen -- really more of a fun science lesson for everyone. That culminated with using the nitrogen to make vanilla ice cream which we all enjoyed with the birthday cake (we brought). Big kudos to Heather and Joseph for setting up the room and doing the demonstration, and to Destiny for arranging the party. The staff is 'out of this world!'
  • This is a great place to take children on a hot summer afternoon! My grandchildren (ages 9 and 12) thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits and the many hands-on activities available while we waited for the show to begin in the “theater”. Then they were awed by the beautiful display of the night skies and explanations of the planets, orbits, etc. We were there for 3 1/2 hours, but there was still a lot we didn’t get to see. I was very happy that I had purchased the family membership even though they live in LA, as they were asking if we could return the next time they visit before we even got out of the building.

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