We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1601 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone Number:
+1 520-621-7827
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Fri 09:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Located at the heart of the University of Arizona campus the Flandrau...

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. A new state-of-the-art digital projection system can show you the night sky and fly you to the edge of the known universe – all in high definition 360º imagery. Explore the ever-changing science exhibits and don’t miss the world-class UA Mineral Museum located on the lower level.

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 52 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 24
  • 18
    Very good
  • 8
  • 1
  • 1
Planetarium Delights

Great place to spend an afternoon. The University of Arizona features a wonderful permanent Mineral display, and at the moment "A Modern Gem and Jewelry Collection" is on display... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Bayfield, Canada
Add Photo Write a Review

52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 52: English reviews
Bayfield, Canada
Level Contributor
32 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to spend an afternoon. The University of Arizona features a wonderful permanent Mineral display, and at the moment "A Modern Gem and Jewelry Collection" is on display featuring some impressive jewelry designers and their works of "art". The science centre also provides lots of interactive displays for children. If you are interested in viewing more than one film... More 

Thank reekas
Level Contributor
233 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came, interested in the Planetarium's programming. We enjoyed the exhibits that surround the main floor. I especially liked the gems and interesting displays of cut gems as well as something about the creators of these beautiful pieces. The 2 o'clock show in the planetarium featured the invisible world, a National Geographic presentation. It was a short one of about... More 

Thank carliewired
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
217 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's nearly impossible to walk away from this venue without having learned something new and interesting about our universe. If you have questions, bring them along, the staff is knowledgable and eager to give you valid answers.

1 Thank umakethecall
Tucson, AZ
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Took the entire family, 7 adults 6 kids. We all enjoyed the Our Stars show and the kids especially got into the blocks and puzzles activities, it turned into a competition among all of us. Exhibits also were interesting and the minerals museum. Excellent fun and educational experience for all.

Thank travelinglina
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
100 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I took my kids and they had fun learning about the planets. Kids get to do activities and its entertaining. They also have a downstairs area full of Rocks from the Gem Show probably? If you stay until the sunset you get to see through the telescope and we saw Saturn at that time. Great indoor activity for hot summer... More 

Thank tbjones2017
Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
Level Contributor
144 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Flandrau was built in the 70's while I was a student at the U of A. They now house the Mineral Museum along with the planetarium and a hands-on kid-friendly area with mind puzzles and such. The shows were very interesting (we saw two of them). The shows are shown on the ceiling of the planetarium, which holds about 100... More 

Thank Kahnster
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

went in the afternoon and we had a bit of a wait time before the 'show" started. They have the cutest gift shop. Cool scientific stuff for kids and adults alike. Their postcards are awesome! When the show started, we sat in the modt comfortable chairs. The roof of the planetarium was the "screen" The presenter was so knowledgeable about... More 

1 Thank Michele R
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Had a lot of fun at the science center. Couldn't stay for the planetarium show but really enjoyed the rest! Fun activities for kids and the gem museum is wonderful - really worth the visit.

Thank lrej55
Level Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

I called over 2 months in advance for the observatory -- which is supposed to happen every thursday-sat at night for free. Called a few days before and was told no one had signed up to open the observatory. We had to reschedule our plans for the night and everyone was very disappointed.

Thank thebellawonderdog
Flandrau, Front Office Manager at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, responded to this review

We apologize for your experience with our telescope. It is volunteer-run by a prominently student population, and unfortunately we cannot guarantee volunteers. More 

Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Even with the Planetarium closed for renovations it is still worth a visit! If you have a ASTC card from another science center you can get in for free. The huge mineral and gem collections are still open for viewing and the puzzles and games section is still open to challenge your brain. I think since the Planetarium is closed... More 

Thank LBJ66

Travellers who viewed Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium also viewed


Been to Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?