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Built in 1963 and designed by Reno architect Raymond M. Hellman, the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center was the first planetarium in the country to show full dome, time-lapse movies of clouds and weather patterns. The building itself is architecturally striking; its design is called a "hyperbolic paraboloid." Today, it is an important institution in Reno, offering interactive exhibits, educational outreach programs and digital movies about space and science. Its exhibits cover the earth, moon, solar system and deep space. The theater is one of a few places in the country that has the state-of-the-art SciDome digital projector, capable of showing a variety of films. The building itself its listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


  • The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center was built in 1963.
  • The building was designed in a shape the architect called "hyperbolic paraboloid."
  • The museum features many interactive exhibits.
  • Muralist Erik Burke painted this large dome to look like the Sun. Credit: http://eriktburke.com/Planetarium
"About Us." Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center. Accessed April 18, 2018.  http://www.planetarium.unr.edu/About-Us.html