The University of Arizona

Located at the heart of the University of Arizona campus the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium explores our universe from earth to space and everything in-between, bringing science alive for young and life-long learners alike. Changing exhibits through the year focus on biology, energy, optics and more, weaving in ground-breaking UA research and revealing the world of science careers for budding scientists.

Sit back, relax and tour the universe in southern Arizona’s only Planetarium Theater. Our star projector can project more than 8,000 stars, perfectly recreating the visible objects of the night sky hour by hour. On family days, students from the UA College of Science lead Science Discovery activities in physics, marine biology and other areas. 

We also operate the only weekly, free, public astronomy program in Arizona. Stop by the Flandrau observatory and let our volunteer astronomers show you Saturn's rings, the cloud belts of Jupiter, the Andromeda galaxy and other stunning and beautiful images that will forever transform the way you see our own world.

The University of Arizona Mineral Museum on the lower level of Flandrau houses one of the top-5 gem and mineral collections of the world. With a core collection dating back to 1892, the Mineral Museum now holds more than 26,000 specimens. The Mineral Museum's permanent exhibit of over 2,000 specimens includes stunning minerals and meteorites from Arizona, Mexico and around the world.

Flandrau also offers Science Camp-ins, Star Parties, Portable Planetarium shows, Science Cafés, and Laser Light Shows.

Our History

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium got its start with a 1972 bequest from the estate of Grace H. Flandrau, noted author and frequent winter visitor to Tucson. The University decided to use the generous gift to fund a facility that would increase public understanding and appreciation of science.

Originally known as The Grace H. Flandrau Planetarium, the facility was part of the UA Department of Astronomy. Its location on campus, near the Astronomy Department, Optical Sciences Center, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and historic Steward Observatory, reflects its continuing connections to the research community.

The Planetarium was designed by Tucson architectural firm Blanton and Company and opened its door to the public in 1975.

About Us

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium is open 7 days a week.

 

Shows for groups are available by reservation only.

  Planetarium/Exhibits/Mineral Museum Group Reservations
Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Family Night)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  
Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  
Hours of Operation

Exploring Sky Islands

Here in Southern Arizona, we live in one of the most unique environments in the world. We’re famous for the natural beauty of our landscape, and that landscape also boasts an incredible range of plants, birds, and animals thanks to the mountains that rise above our desert basins. We call those mountains Sky Islands - they are home to an astonishing level of biodiversity, a multitude of species that live in the cooler, wetter habitats at higher elevations. Runs through Fall 2014

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crystalline treasures  

The Best of the Best: Prize Minerals from the Vaults of Arizona's Collectors

Our new exhibit, “The Best of the Best: Prize Minerals from the Vaults of Arizona’s Collectors” brings together many of the most exquisite minerals from the most admired collections in the state. Here in Arizona, the passion and science of mineral collecting goes back over a century, and Arizona collectors have gathered many of the finest mineral specimens from around the world. But this exhibit offers more than dazzling minerals, it brings together the stories behind the minerals – the search, the discovery, the history, and the awe-inspiring science – that makes these specimens come to life and conveys the excitement that inspires the collectors.

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Featured Current Exhibits

Flandrau Science Center offers a variety of programs for school groups, families and the general public. Please click on the links to the left for more information about specific programs or call 621-4516.

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Learning Resources

Donations to the Flandrau Science Center are greatly appreciated and go a long way towards our ability to offer the community diverse and high quality changing exhibits and programs. Although Flandrau receives some state funding, the majority of available funds come from ticket and membership sales, grants, and donations from community members who are committed to science education. There are a few ways you can donate to Flandrau.

To donate through the UA foundation, click the button bellow or click here to visit their secure website where you may enter your billing information.

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Or, come to Flandrau Science Center to check out our latest offerings and you can give a cash or check donation at the front desk.

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