Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.30 AM - 8.00 PM , Saturday: 10.30 AM - 8.00 PM , Sunday: 10.30 AM - 8.00 PM , Public Holidays: 10.30 AM - 8.00 PM
Birla Planetarium & Science Museum is one of the chief attractions of Hyderabad. It is located in the heart of Hyderabad city, at Naubat Pahad.
Birla Planetarium & Science Museum was inaugurated by Late Sri N.T. Rama Rao in the year 1985. It unfolds the mystery of the Cosmos like the comets, eclipses, UFOs and the clash of the Titans through sky shows, which are usually enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
The Science Museum is another attraction of the Birla Planetarium & Science Museum which covers an area of nearly 10,000 sq m. Opened in 1990, the Science Museum is an architectural delight designed by architects of Calcutta and Mumbai by incorporating ideas from Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Science Museum is dedicated to the latest highlights in science, technology and industry. There are educational exhibits at Science Museum that take visitors through the latest discoveries in the various fields of science like mechanics, optics, acoustics, computer science, etc.
Dinosorium is another important feature of Birla Planetarium & Science Museum in which the fossil of 160 million years old "Kotasaurus Yamanpalliensis", excavated from Adilabad District of Andhra Pradesh is exhibited. Dinosaurium also has a collection of fossils of dinosaur eggs, marine shells and fossilised tree trunks.
Archaeology is another important section at the Museum wherein a collection of unique archaeological exhibits like stone sculptures, wood carvings, bronzes, temple ware, ancient locks, folk material, miniature paintings of different schools of late medieval India, arms and armoury, palm leaf manuscripts, illustrated manuscripts etc. are on display.
The excavations conducted by the Archaeological Division of Birla Archaeological & Cultural Research Institute (BACRI) unearthed many items that range from Upper Palaeolithic or Late Stone Age to the 2nd century AD. These items are also on display at the Archaeology section of Birla Museum.
Nirmala Birla Art Gallery of Birla Planetarium & Science Museum is also famous in its unique display of different varieties of art objects made of porcelain, glass, plaster of Paris, jade, crystal, sterling silver, mother of pearl, wood carvings, ivory etc. The Art Gallery also showcases a wide collection of books on varying subjects like art, architecture, history, religion, gardening, museums, world's famous cities, personalities, art collections, monuments, etc.
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The Birla Planetarium displays astronomy including how the solar system is and visits to other planets, moon etc. Through its shows which are projected upon its hemispherical roof. It is a worth visit especially for those with kids as they would really enjoy the show which explains various astronomical phenomena in the simplest possible manner. Adults too would enjoy every moment of each show.
The show is very knowledgeable for adults and for kids it's very interesting and exploratory. Very good initiative from the Birlas in setting up this planetarium. The English shows are limited and wish they have online ticketing to book for the shows. They also need to plan special shows for school groups.
This place is very popular during 90's but these days government is not maintaining well. Families with children can visit for one time, the screen is full of dust and the voice over is still old which they are using from last 20 yrs.
One of best place in Hyderabad. Check out in evening, you will see this architectural beauty in lights around it and will see from top of hill Hyderabad glittering. Rush on weekend in evening but well managed.
Birla Planetarium provides amazing planetarium show. The chairs was not comfortable. Kids would love this place. They charge 40rs per head and it's a decent price to pay. But it's needs to more improved. Not well maintained.
Birla Planetarium is right next to the Birla science museum and Birla art gallery. Therefore it's better to cover the three of them at one go. There is a separate ticket for museum and planetarium. Planetarium has four shows in a day and is usually closed during the lunch time. Therefore you should plan your trip very carefully otherwise you might have to wait for a long time. Planetariums are always fun, as it always reminds you of your position in the universe. Mostly school children visit these places so you will enjoy company of children and their excitement.