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“Great Mineral & Meteorite Exhibit”

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
Ranked #71 of 320 things to do in Tucson
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. Flandrau also offers fun interactive science exhibits that will engage the whole family, and the dazzling specimens of the UA Mineral Museum. Current exhibits topics include earth science, astronomy, math puzzles, and gemstones. Open Daily, see website for hours, showtimes, and admission prices.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We went to Flandrau with friends who are avid collectors of minerals and meteorites. The Science Center Exhibits on the main floor were educational and fun, but downstairs was the highlight.
The U of Arizona Mineral Museum has a very complete exhibit and it was very informative. You see the raw items from around the world and finished products (like jewelry) made from the raw materials.
One of the highlights was seeing a replica of the Tucson Ring that was a part of a meteorite that was brought to Tucson prior to 1850 and used by blacksmiths. I had just read about it in the April issue of the DesertLeaf magazine.
Another educational surprise was learning that the Arizona state mineral is not copper, but wulfenite that was named in 2017.
We will do a future trip to see the planetarium.

Thank casaahha
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

I was in this planetarium some time ago when visiting Tucson and I was enchanted with the presentation. Looking at the night sky just now - in a far away country - I remembered my visit and the ecliptic and how this makes it so much easier for me to identify certain stars, planets and constellations. I have been to other planetariums, but had never heard of the ecliptic before. So that's why I thought I should leave a comment and send good wishes and thanks to all the people who created the show. You made live for me a little bit more magical.

Thank Rita Deeps A
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Shipherd R, Public Relations Manager at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Hi Rita,
Thanks for your kind words! We're always happy to hear that one of our planetarium shows helped someone interpret the night sky. We hope you'll come see us again if you're back in town and say hello.

Much appreciated,
Shipherd Reed

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

We arrived too early to be able to see the planetarium presentation, so we got in for half price. It was a great little visit. We loved the gem collection and the room with puzzles. We spend about an hour and a half there. We walked around the U of A campus a little bit afterwards and enjoyed that as well.

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Shipherd R, Public Relations Manager at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thanks so much for your feedback.

If you live in the Tucson region and want to see a planetarium show, email me at shipherd@email.arizona.edu.

Cheers,
Shipherd Reed, Assoc. Director of Communications

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

We went primarily for the mineral display and we were not disappointed. There is a huge collection but what is even more fascinating were the work of jewelry artists on display. The science museum part was small and primarily aimed for the younger ones. Even so, we have some fun with some of the science displays, mostly the astronomy and environmental watershed hands-on table. We spent about 2 h there.
Go!

Thank WWN6086
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Shipherd R, Public Relations Manager at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Thanks for your feedback! We really appreciate it, and so glad to hear you had a good visit.

If you did not get to see a planetarium show, let us know! You can reach me at:
shipherd@email.arizona.edu

Thanks,
Shipherd Reed
Assoc. Director of Communications

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We went primarily for the Modern Gem and Jewelry Collection, which provides lovely examples of jewelry, but more scientific information about the jewels would have made the display a better fit for a science museum. The mineral collection downstairs would also benefit from more information about each of the examples. As it was, I found it rather pointless to see so many examples of some minerals with no information that would allow a lay person to understand relevant differences (if there were any).

Thank Bruce H
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Shipherd R, Public Relations Manager at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Hi Bruce,
Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit. We have been working on additional exhibit panels to include more scientific information about how gems form and what they tell us scientifically. We see the gap there and we wish those were part of the exhibit already.

And if we had the funds we would upgrade the UA Mineral Museum with more information and engaging displays. Thanks for coming to visit and we hope any future visits will be more rewarding.

Did you get to see a planetarium show? If you're curious you can email me at shipherd@email.arizona.edu.

Thanks for the feedback,
Shipherd Reed

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