Fleischmann Planetarium is part of the University of Nevada, Reno and Extended Studies. Open to the public, we offer daily digital planetarium shows in our dome theater, field trips and educational outreach in Earth and space science, and observatory viewing at the Redfield Campus of the University. Built in 1963 and originally called the “Fleischmann Atmospherium-Planetarium,” we were the first planetarium in the world to project full-dome movies (of time-lapse clouds and weather phenomena).
After recent upgrades, Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is one of the first of a handful of planetariums around the world to utilize the Spitz SciDome digital projector, a high-resolution, immersive visualization tool that produces bright and colorful 3-D images. The new projector also is adaptable to a number of disciplines and uses, supporting collaborations among the planetarium, other University departments and programs, and community organizations.
The planetarium’s uniquely shaped building, officially termed a “hyperbolic paraboloid,” was designed by famed Reno architect Ray Hellmann. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It houses:
• An Exhibit Hall with changing hands-on displays
• A 10-meter Dome Theater with a state-of-the-art digital planetarium system and surround-sound
• A Science Store stocked with high-quality toys, educational resources, apparel and optics
• A Classroom space for education programming, birthday parties and events
The planetarium serves up to 50,000 visitors a year, including hundreds of school field trips that introduce students, K-12, to the wonders of the universe.
We invite children and adults alike to stop by and see what’s up!
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