May 242013


Take your Kids to Birla Science Museum & Planetarium Hyderabad

Like many parents in Hyderabad we too are faced with the challenge where to take kids during the summer vacation. I was looking for options beyond malls and cinema halls when I literally stumbled on Birla Science Museum and Planetarium on Naubat Pahad, close to Hussain Sagar. I have actually been there to attend a photography workshop and ended up admiring the treasure trove that Birla Science Museum and Planetarium offers to the whole family.

Entry to Birla Science Museum and Planetarium (3)

Birla Science Museum and Planetarium

What to Expect at Birla Science Museum and Planetarium:  The Birla Planetarium is on the top of Naubat Pahad, very close to the Birla Mandir visible from Hussain Sagar. There is ample paid parking available, so be a Good Samaritan and take kids of your friends and relatives also.  There are many exhibits like Dinosarium and  Planetarium. Besides these there are regular movie shows starting from 11:30 am all the way till 7:30 in English, Telgu and Hindi so take your pick and attend the show as per your linguistic preference.

Ganesha Idol at Birla Science Museum and Planetarium (2)

Ancient Ganesha Idol

What I liked the most in the center was the exhibits where different working model of various scientific principal are displayed and kids are encouraged to play with them. I saw a lot of kids tying and learning about gravity, pendulum, optical illusion etc.  The museum staff is very friendly and eager to explain things to the kids.

The Birla Planetarium and Science Museum also functions as a huge art gallery, with paintings from modern maestros like Jamini Roy and Akbar Padamsee, jostling for space with ancient stone idols discovered and collected from various parts of Andhra Pradesh.

Trishul Missile Birla Science Museum and Planetarium

A Model Of Trishul Missile

In one of the lobbies of the museum there is a life size replica of Trishul the indigenously developed surface to air missile.

Timings of Birla Planetarium and Science Museum: The Birla Science Center is open from 10:30 am to 8 pm. The movie shows start at 11:30 am and continues at regular interval in English, Telgu and Hindi.

Timings of Birla Science Museum and Planetarium

Timings of Birla Science Museum and Planetarium

Once you have seen the exhibits in the building you can spend time in the well maintained gardens and kids play area and enjoy some time as a family picnic munching on the snacks.

Birla Science Museum and Planetarium pendulum model

The Pendulum Swings

IMPORTANT: The Bilra Planetarium and Science center is closed on last Thursday of every month and till 3 pm on every 2nd and last Friday of each month for maintenance.

A girl checking a science exhibit at Birla Science Museum and Planetarium (6)

A Girl Checks A Science Exhibit

sicience model Birla Science Museum and Planetarium

A Science Exhibit Explaining the motion and gravity

Ticket: A joint ticket for Planetarium and Museum is for RS 70, or if you are short of time and want to visit only one of them then you can buy a single ticket for Rs 40.

How to reach: The Birla Mandir is visible from miles in Hyderabad and the Birla Science Museum and Planetarium is very close to it.  Follow this Google map to reach Birla Planetarium and Science Center.

Contact: Email: Phone no: +91 40 23235081/23241067

Over all I would highly recommend visiting Birla Science Museum and Planetarium with your kids and spend day learning about not only science, dinosaurs, planets, stars but it will be a day well spent bonding with your kids. It is a better way to spend a day with your kids than take them to the mall once again. After the museum you can visit the Birla Mandir near by and go to click pictures of the 18 Meter tall Buddha Statue in Hussain Sagar.

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