Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium - Attraction Guide

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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.


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?

Visitors can buy tickets online or at the front entrance.

Combo Tickets

* Includes science center exhibits and one planetarium show

  • Adults: $26
  • Seniors (65+) and Military: $22
  • Children (3-15): $18
  • College ID Holders: $18
  • Children 2 and under: Free

If you prefer to visit only the science exhibits or to stop in for a show without viewing the exhibits, you can purchase tickets as follows:

Science Center Exhibits Only

  • Adults: $14
  • Seniors (65+) and Military: $12
  • Children (3-15): $10
  • College ID Holders: $10
  • Children 2 and under: Free

Planetarium/Laser Show Admission Only

  • Adults: $14
  • Seniors (65+) and Military: $12
  • Children (3-15): $10
  • College ID Holders: $10
  • Children 2 and under: Free

Laser Light Music Nights (includes science exhibits)

  • General admission: $20
  • Member admission: $18

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.

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, Tues-Fri.


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.


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
  • 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 University of Arizona 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.


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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 $375 for up to 15 people (with additional guests for $22 each). 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.” Visit their website to make a reservation.


Is Flandrau active on social media?

Yes! Find Flandrau on Facebook and Instagram.

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