Explore the Fleischmann Planetarium

Immerse yourself in a faraway galaxy. Experience Full-Dome Theater shows and engaging educational exhibits at one of Nevada's historic landmark science centers.

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Four full-body silhouettes of stargazers, looking at the night sky and a sea of stars.

Our mission at the Planetarium is to engage, educate and explore. We get to engage people with the adventure of space and stars and planets. We get to explore the Universe. And in the process, we get to educate ourselves about our place in space and time.

Director of the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

Paul McFarlane in front of Full-Dome Theater exterior at Planetarium

This is definitely the coolest place in Reno. It makes me want to go to the University of Nevada, Reno and learn even more about science and the world in which we live.

Student in Reno, NV

Female student raising hand in classroom, as another student writes on a whiteboard.

The Planetarium has an amazing world-class building, fascinating little display areas and fantastic shows. But, best of all, it has the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff we’ve ever met.

Recent Visitor in 2022

Visitors near the entrance of the Exhibit Hall, congregating and talking amongst themselves, as space suits hang on a rack to the right.

Meet the 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 MacLean 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.