Birla Planetarium

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  • Address: Mandapam Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600025, India
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:45 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!

Birla Planetarium Travel Tips

  • 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.

Entrance Ticket Details For Birla Planetarium

  • 40 INR per adult; 25 INR per child.

How to Reach Birla Planetarium

  • Taxis available.
  • Be sure to ask local travelers or the bus conductor for more specific details.
  • A train stops to Egmore and Chennai Central available.

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  • Birla Planetarium Address: Mandapam Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600025, India
  • Birla Planetarium Contact Number: +91-4424410025
  • Birla Planetarium Timing: 10:00 am - 05:45 pm
  • Birla Planetarium Price: 40 INR
  • Best time to visit Birla Planetarium(preferred time): 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
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  • 48.35% 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

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  • Can we reserve

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    • You may contact Birla Planetarium directly on 044 2441 0025 to check the booking process. 

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  • How to book ticket on line or in person for watching solar eclipse on 26.12.19?Is it limited ?

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    • It would have been better to contact Birla Planetarium directly on 044 2441 0025 to check the availability and bookings of tickets. 

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  • 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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