Birla Planetarium

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

Birla Planetarium - Review

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 Information

  • 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.

Birla Planetarium Ticket Prices

  • 40 INR per adult; 25 INR per child.

How To reach Birla Planetarium by Public Transport

  • 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.

Restaurants Near Birla Planetarium

  • Step N Taste (North Indian, Chinese’ 250 INR for two)
  • Liu’s Waldorf (Chinese/700 INR  for two)
  • Big Chicken (Chinese, North Indian, Mughlai/300 INR for two)

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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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Things to Know Before Visiting Birla Planetarium

  • 52.12% 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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Birla Planetarium, Chennai Reviews

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  • 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.

  • Visiting Birla Planetarium was one of my dream. When I visit this place I was really surprised. What a system to teaching! Really This is a exceptional way to learn science. All kind of technology / science are available here. How a lever works, speak statue, echo pipe, observe sound effect, a big echo park, machine gallery, space craft also placed here. I feel extra pleasure when I visit Rolling cone, gravity chair. Oh! What a project. B. M. Birla planetarium has a special attraction called theatre. There are a lot of science model. I think visiting this planetarium of school, College or university student is very useful to their science study. A student will learn more practical to visiting. these model. Thank to authority of B. M. Birla Planetarium to open a new door to learning science.

  • This is the good place to visit with children. Now big planatorium is under renovation. So small planatorium is made in science center, with 84 seat capacity. So be earlier for shows . In science center many switches Not working properly. Fares are very less to entertain the children with science It's nearer to Anna century library, snake park, children park .

  • More about science n fun.. best place to visit with friends n family.. also could aquire knowledge

  • A great place to visit with family/friends provided you like fun in learning. They have sky-shows where they showcase details on sky, planets, solar system, star. They also have 3D-shows. There are lots of experiments based on which they try to explain a science phenomenon which is really good for school-going kids.

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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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