Limited re-opening

No one wishes we could resume normal operations more than us. However, for health and safety reasons, as well as state and University requirements, we must follow a specific protocol for operations.

Limited hours

We are open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for pre-purchased group passes only.



These special shows are themed in three categories: planets, stars and the moon. They will include a live presentation, a full-dome planetarium show, access to robotically controlled telescopes, an activity and special materials and souvenirs.

Special program tickets

Because seating is so limited, groups must purchase their tickets for special package programs online in advance. No cash sales can be accommodated at the Planetarium.

Seating is limited

We can accommodate two households of up to five people each per program — one on each side of the Star Theater — with guided experiences of the facilities. Buy your tickets early.

Face coverings and social distancing required

Social distancing and masks/face coverings are required for all on-site University programs. Thanks for understanding. (Just imagine you’re wearing spacesuits for NASA!)

Sci-On! Film Festival

Meet Paul McFarlane, Planetarium Director

Headshot of Paul McFarlanePaul McFarlane is the Director of the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center. An educator, Paul taught for more than 25 years in the Washoe County School District. He has studied astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Physics, doing coursework and research using the McLean Observatory telescopes at the Redfield Campus. McFarlane also trained at Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers with aerospace and NASA experts in astronomy, engineering and planetary science. 

Meet Paul


Plan your visit

The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Learn more about getting to the Planetarium and where to park.

Getting to the Planetarium

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is located north of Lawlor Events Center on North Virginia and 16th Street, It is 1.5 miles north of the downtown Reno arch.

Where to park

Free permit parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex, level 3, just east of the planetarium. Park between designated Planetarium parking signs.

Public transportation to the Planetarium

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is served by Citifare bus lines, with stops throughout Reno and Sparks. For the downtown area’s public transportation system visit RTC.


Show admission

Group program for household up to 5 members


3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays