Birla Planetarium

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  • Address: Mandapam Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600025, India
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-4424410025
  • Ticket Price: 40 INR
  • Tags: Museums, Science Museums, Children Museums, Educational Site, Planetarium , Family And Kids

Spend an evening stargazing at Chennai’s Birla’s Planetarium and watch the cosmos in comfort. Discover the solar system and its wonders by going on a virtual tour of the sky at night and marvel at cosmic beauty beyond our line of sight. Located in Kotturpuram, in the Periyar Science and Technology Centre campus, this show is a treat for families and astronomy aficionados alike. The Periyar Center contains eight other galleries themed Physical Science, Transport, Electronics & Communication, Energy, Materials Science, Life Science, Innovation, International Dolls and Children as well as the planetarium. Rest assured that there’s a lot to explore and discover. There are just two other Birla Planetariums in India, one in Kolkata and one in Hyderabad.

Built in 1988 as a memorial for the great Indian industrialist and visionary B.M Birla, it is filled with state of the art equipment. A perforated hemispherical dome, made out of aluminum is transformed into a space screen and highly sophisticated projectors create images from out of this world. Special effects emulating space phenomena results in a marriage of science and visual magic. The comfortable, air conditioned theatre can seat about 236. The planetarium has a 360 degree sky theater, the very first in India. Portraits of Neil Armstrong, Sunita Williams and KalpanaChawla adorn the hall of fame wall.

Additionally, courses in astronomy are available here. Program themes are changed every few months and shows are conducted at different times of the day, in different languages. The show includes space phenomena such as meteor showers, the Milky Way, stellar cycles and comets. A Space Gallery is going to be installed soon. A stroll through the Science Park is worth a go as well. Children will love the place as there are tiny toy cars, controlled by electronic signals zooming around.

The energy and eco-park displays the way solar energy, wind energy and biogas work in creating and conserving energy. A forest lies in the eco-park with simulated flora and fauna. A Meteorological Observatory proved eye candy as well as brain food. There are numerous sights and experiences for both knowledge hunters and fun seekers. The interactive set up is a sure win with kids and the technology is advanced enough to strike up interest in anyone. Visiting the planetarium is a great way to spend a day. Just be sure to visit on a night with clear skies and prepare to be surprised!

  • Don’t miss the special observatory shows.
  • The toy locomotive is a favourite with children.
  • Be sure to carry food along with you as there isn’t an on site canteen.
  • An interesting exhibit is the 'Energy Ball' contraption where a ball, once set in motion, will continue to roll through the contraption ceaselessly.

  • 40 INR per adult; 25 INR per child.

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  • Birla Planetarium Address: Mandapam Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600025, India
  • Birla Planetarium Contact Number: +91-4424410025
  • Birla Planetarium Timing: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Birla Planetarium Price: 40 INR
  • Best time to visit Birla Planetarium(preferred time): 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
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  • 51.99% of people who visit Chennai include Birla Planetarium in their plan

  • 35.63% of people start their Birla Planetarium visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Birla Planetarium

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

91.3% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Birla Planetarium

People normally club together T Nagar And Ranganathan Street and Guindy National Park while planning their visit to Birla Planetarium.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • This place has got really useful things for the kids to learn, in particular kids will enjoy the 3D show here. Evolution park which showcases different types of dinosaurs was also good, but maintenance was very poor. They have two children parks also inside, but they are also poorly maintained and most of the play items are broken. They have Defence and Mathematics museums also in-house, which would a really good learning experience for kids and even adults too!

  • There's a lot of information (science) with fun, many outdoor devices needs to maintained/serviced and few indoor devices needs to be switched on. Cafeteria need to be upscaled.. overall many interesting fun activities available, definitely the kids will be enjoying

  • If you love exploring science stuff, then this is the place for you. I personally enjoyed their museums - earth, physics, mirror, music etc. They have the planet show and 3d show which you shouldn't miss. I would suggest you to go on weekends as there will be special shows. Their science park is a good attraction for kids as well as adults.

  • Really a good place to go. School students must visit it. They can learn many things practicaly. They can play with the science. It can be easily understood by the students. Many more inside, there is a 3d theatre and doomed shaped screen in which they show about "life of human in other planet" in English and Tamil language.There will be more fun playing sthff with lot of learning. Yet there is a need to be few reconstruct of several damaged instruments by Authority. A wonderful full place to learn and play with no age limits.

  • Planetarium is not that good, we can watch more quality stuff in youtube. 3D show is some what ok, worst animation and sound quality. An expansion work is going on.... Science park is nice but few things are not working or not maintained well.

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Birla planetarium
  • Is it open on monday(5/11/18)?

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    • Yes, Birla Planetarium will be open on Monday from 10 am to 5 pm. 

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  • is a working on saturday

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    • The place is open on all days except Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanthi

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