Fleischmann Planetarium

The Fleischmann Planetarium is part of the University of Nevada, Reno and Extended Studies. The Planetarium Offers public star shows and large-format films showing daily in the dome theater, and public star observing courtesy of the Astronomical Society of Nevada.

Built in 1964 and originally called the “Fleischmann Atmospherium-Planetarium,” it was the first planetarium in the world to project full-dome movies (of time-lapse clouds and weather phenomena).

After recently undergoing upgrades, Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is now one of the first of a handful of planetariums around the world to utilize the Spitz SciDome digital projector, a high-resolution, state-of-the-art immersive visualization tool that produces extraordinarily bright and colorful 3-D images.

The new projector is also 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 parabaloid,” was designed by famed Reno architect Ray Hellman, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

It houses:

  • An exhibit hall with changing hands-on displays
  • A 30-ft. diameter, 60-seat theater with both a state-of-the-art digital star projector and a large-format (70mm) film projector, as well as a powerful surround-sound system
  • A gift shop stocked with high-quality science-related toys, clothing, software, and books
  • A classroom for our educational programs
  • A gallery space for changing exhibits that often accompany and complement our current films and starshows

The planetarium now serves about 44,000 visitors a year, including hundreds of school field trips that introduce students, K-12, to the wonders of the universe.

Children and adults alike are invited to stop by and see what’s up!

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