Birla Planetarium, Chennai

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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
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About Birla Planetarium, Chennai

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Birla Planetarium

  • 50.15% of people who visit Chennai include Birla Planetarium in their plan

  • 24.61% of people start their Birla Planetarium visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Birla Planetarium

Monday, Thursday and Friday

92.97% 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

Birla Planetarium, Chennai Reviews

  • I remember visiting this place as a kid and was filled with wonder. Now it's all gone and visiting this place gave me a very sad feeling as if I lost something from my childhood. Half the stuff was not working or broken. The shows are OK but the audio could've been better. This place could've been maintained a lot better.

  • The planetarium is in good shape. Kids will have a good time there. The science centre had some great information. Though some were not in working condition, those that were are really good. The nuclear centre has some latest equipments and is the best maintained part of the science centre. The 3D movie gives a good laugh for adults, but the kids will really enjoy it.They organises a special show on every second Saturday of month to view the night sky from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The shows include the Solar System, sky and seasons, eclipses, Earth, Man on Moon, comets, shooting meteoroids, stellar cycle and the deep sky.It will take around 2.5 hrs for the entire science centre + planetarium. The park also will be a good place for kids to pass time. It has many tree that provide shade in the chennai heat. amazing experience!!!

  • The place only for kids. Now, they are maintaining what they can able to without any investment. It can be visited only if any full moon or red moon appears. They will prepare the telescope to be visited by public.

  • when i was a kid it was our holiday home, now for my kids. Kids good holidays home (only for poor & middle class peoples). One can easily spend time with entertainment and knowledge for 1/2 days @50rs....

  • Very disappointed. Stinky, crowded and not well maintained. Exhibits are not functional and did not have enough description. Would definitely not recommend it for tourists. The show was talking only about Mars and missed all other aspects of outer space. Needs much better management.

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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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