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.
Flandrau is located on the University of Arizona campus at 1601 E. University Blvd in Tucson.
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm.
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
Planetarium/Laser Show Admission
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.
Flandrau is indoors with heating in the winter and air-conditioning in the summer.
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.
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.
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 2021 is as follows:
WE ARE STARS
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.
GREAT WHITE SHARK
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.
MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD
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.
BLACK HOLES: THE OTHER SIDE OF INFINITY
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.
TUCSON SKY & BEYOND
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.
TOURING THE SOLAR SYSTEM
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.
PINK FLOYD’S DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
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.
ELTON JOHN'S LASER ROCKETMAN
Elton John’s unique blend of pop and rock styles turned him into one of the 20th century’s biggest music icons. What better way to celebrate his musical hits than with laser light accompaniment? Sit back, relax, and let this unique light and sound experience move through you. And don’t worry, you’ll be safe from any flying pianos!
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.
No, but there are many restaurants located nearby.
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):
The UA Student Union is also approx. 1 block west of Flandrau and the UA Library across the street hosts a Starbucks.
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.
Sure. The Science Center itself does not require much walking, but you may want to explore the UA campus before or after your visit.
No pets are permitted in the facility, except for service animals.
Yes. Please call to inquire about dates and fees.
Yes! Birthday party packages are available at a rate of $10/person. Your 2-hour party will include Science Center exhibits, the Mineral Museum, 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.