Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium - Attraction Guide

Flandrau Science Center Planetarium University Arizona Tucson | Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium - Attraction Guide

Located on the University of Arizona campus, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium inspires visitors of all ages with the wonders of science.

Explore the solar system and beyond in Flandrau’s state-of-the-art planetarium theater, featuring a fulldome digital projection system that can launch from the Earth and fly to planets, moons, and asteroids. Visitors can also explore interactive science exhibits on topics from sharks to space that are fun for the whole family.


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Where is Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium located?

Flandrau is located on the University of Arizona campus at 1601 E. University Blvd in Tucson.

What are the hours?

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm.

Why would I visit Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium?

  • To see a show in the state-of-the-art planetarium theater
  • To explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits
  • To attend a birthday party
  • To go on a field trip

How much does it cost?

Attendees can buy tickets on the same day as their visit at the front entrance or, in advance, online.

Tickets to visit the exhibits or watch a planetarium show are sold separately.

Science Center Exhibit Admission

  • Adults: $12
  • Seniors (65+) and Military: $10
  • Children (3-15): $8
  • College ID Holders: $8

Planetarium/Laser Show Admission

  • Adults: $12
  • Seniors (65+) and Military: $10
  • Children (3-15): $8
  • College ID Holders: $8

What is the parking situation?

Please see Flandrau's website for current parking information.

The easiest option for parking at Flandrau is on a yellow curb along Hawthorne Street on the north side of the building. Note that this parking is limited and fills up quickly - especially during the academic year and on weekday mornings.

Additional parking is available in the Cherry Avenue Garage, located one block south of Flandrau. The rate is $2 per hour. Parking garages and parking meters are free on weekends, except on major game days and special event days.

You can also get to Flandrau on the SunLink Street Car. The 2nd Street/Cherry Avenue stop is only one block north of Flandrau.

What should I wear?

Flandrau is indoors with heating in the winter and air-conditioning in the summer.

What should I bring with me?

It's always a good idea to bring a water bottle with you when going out and about in Tucson. Note that there are water fountains available for refilling water bottles.

Are bathrooms available?


Which days of the week are the most and least crowded?

The most crowded times are Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Weekday mornings can also be busy since many K-12 school groups visit between 9:00am and noon, Mon-Fri.


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What shows are currently playing in the planetarium theater?

The best part about Flandrau is the shows! Flandrau offers a variety of state-of-the-art planetarium shows on topics ranging from the solar system to the natural world. They also have laser lights music shows on Friday and Saturday evenings. Check the website for the current show schedule.

Show line-up for 2022 is as follows:


No longer the stuff of science fiction, the discovery of the black hole is a triumph of modern science. Explore the fascinating world of black holes in this program narrated by Academy Award nominated actor Liam Neeson. Recommended for general audiences.


Follow an insect's life journey as you become immersed in a miniature world where a leaf weighs as much as a car and a single raindrop can quench the largest thirst.


Misrepresented, maligned, and misunderstood, the Great White Shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. This planetarium show will explore the Great White's place in our imaginations, in our fears, and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain. See the Great White through the eyes of people who swim with sharks. Recommended for general audiences.


Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family on vacation from another star system! This family show is a journey through our fascinating planets!


Discover a world you can’t see, a world that exists in the air we breathe, in our bodies and all around us. Recommended for general audiences.


The classic laser music show that many visitors remember from high school, Dark Side of the Moon has attracted a new generation of fans and remains the most popular laser music show of all time. Recommended for general audiences.


Launch from planet Earth and fly through the Solar System on this “live” guided tour! In this show we stop by each planet and learn what makes it special.  We also explore moons, asteroids, the Milky Way, and beyond. With one of our talented planetarium operators steering the spaceship, this is a fun and fascinating ride. Recommended for general audiences.


A classic night sky “live show,” but not like you remember it! Explore what you can see in Tucson’s dark skies as one of our skilled “Console Captains” gives you a guided tour of the stars, planets, constellations, and current events happening in the night sky at this time of year. This live show is never the same and there is always a surprise in store. Recommended for general audiences.


A fun, gorgeously animated fulldome show about cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins, this dazzling film reveals how hydrogen and carbon, the very building blocks of life, formed in the universe and then brings it all back to us – we are made of stars! Recommended for younger audiences.


Is outside food allowed? Are picnic tables available?

You can bring outside food, but there are no tables available. School groups usually picnic on the lawn outside the building or on the central UA mall. No food or drink, except water, is permitted in the Planetarium Theater.

Does Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium have a restaurant?

No, but there are many restaurants located nearby.

What restaurants are located NEAR Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium?

You're in luck! There are gads of terrific restaurants in the UA/downtown area and in Main Gate Square near campus. Try one of the below options (within a 3-mile radius of Flandrau):

  • Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, 101 E. Pennington St (2.1 miles away) – lunch, dinner, spirits, wine, beer garden
  • 47 Scott, 47 N. Scott Ave (2.1 miles away) – neighborhood bistro, dinner daily (4-10pm), happy hour (4-6pm), weekend brunch
  • Cafe a La C’Art (inside Tucson Museum of Art), 150 N. Main Ave (2.4 miles away) – Monet inspired garden patio, pastries, breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery, 266 E. Congress St (2.6 miles away) – fun atmosphere, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, beer + wine, ice cream

The UA Student Union is also approx. 1 block west of Flandrau and the UA Library across the street hosts a Starbucks.


What ages would be best suited for a visit to Flandrau Planetarium?

Ages 3+ will probably enjoy the shows the most. Babies and toddlers are certainly welcome, but they may be frightened by the darkness. That said, you can always exit during the show if your baby is crying or restless. Note that once you exit, the doors lock behind you and you will not be able to re-enter without staff assistance.

Should I bring a stroller?

Sure. The Science Center itself does not require much walking, but you may want to explore the UA campus before or after your visit.

Are changing tables available?


What about my pet?

No pets are permitted in the facility, except for service animals.


Can I have my wedding or rehearsal dinner at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium?

Yes. Please call to inquire about dates and fees.

Can I have my child's birthday party at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium?

Yes! Birthday party packages are available at a rate of $15/person. Your 2-hour party will include Science Center exhibits, a planetarium show, and use of a special events room. Bring your own food, cake, and/or ice cream for a party that is “out-of-this-world.” Call 520-621-4516 or visit their website to make a reservation.


Is Flandrau active on social media?

Yes! Find Flandrau on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out the complete list of Tucson Museums.

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