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: 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

  • 95% of people who visit Chennai include Birla Planetarium in their plan

  • 32.96% of people start their Birla Planetarium visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Birla Planetarium

Monday, Thursday and Friday

93.89% 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.

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Birla Planetarium, Chennai Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I had been to this place almost 20 years ago, and I remember it was such a lovely place. However it has gone down the drain now, and is absolutely appalling at the way it has been running. Either there is no fund for maintenance OR the funds are being misused. Most of the exhibits are broken. Some of the areas inside look very dusty and haunted. Some of the remains of the exhibits are either rusted, with sharp edges, open electric ends, or all of them together. The staff came across as being very rude, and clearly lacked any sign of hospitality. The place did not have the basic sign boards, which made it even worse. To top it all, the public areas inside the premises were being used as open toilets!! You have to see the photos to believe the state of this place. I really hope someone senior within the administration will see these photos and see the reality, take some responsibility to bring the place back to its glory days. It really was such an amazing place to begin with. It had so much knowledge to offer children. At the moment the place is such a SHAME to #INDIA and the #TAMILNADU GOVT!!

  • B.M. Birla Planetarium located in Kotturpuram, Chennai. It is very near to Anna Centenary Library. Entry Ticket is around Rs. 60 for all of these. They are conducting sky shows daily about the solar system, 3D show, sky and seasons, eclipses, moon, shooting stars etc. Museum had a lot of things to see. There is also have a Kids playing area. Most of the outside and inside equipment are non-functional due to non-maintenance. A very good place for school children to learn especially if they are interested in Science. Each room has several experiments with explanations written below. Some have facts and exhibits. Most rooms also have a Quiz. The museum inside is very poorly maintained.

  • Never go until you come to know that this place completely given a facelift. Criminal waste to take the kids as none of the machines work properly. Audio in the planetarium show is of no use. I'm double sure none of us would have heard what the show was all about. Spend good time elsewhere guys!

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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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