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When in a mood to explore universe, what better than giving a visit to the city’s planetarium. The Birla Planetarium in Hyderabad has an answer to your curiosities of science, right from primitive days of man civilization to latest of the technologies and inventions of this day in a nutshell. The planetarium is also popularly known as B M Birla science museum. The planetarium was initiated in 1985 by N.T.Rama Rao. The museum is a domed building constructed with a lot of architectural and scientific skill. This domed building of the planetarium resembles Gol Gumbaz of Bijapur. It is located on the top of a beautiful hill called Naubat Pahad. Birla Planetarium is a very advanced planetarium with equipments shipped from Japan.
The Planetarium is a perfect place for kids to enjoy and gather information about astronomical science. Daily sky shows are held for the visitors revealing the secrets of the cosmos, meteoroids, comets, stars, eclipses and mysterious UFOs. The theme of the show keeps changing to capture the interest of visitors. The structure of the planetarium is domed to achieve high quality sound effect realistic display effects. The interactive sky shows seem real, with its startling sound effects and high quality virtual displays, giving a total effect of being in open dark sky. These shows are conducted in Hindi, Telugu and English.
Dinosorium is an interesting addition to the planetarium. One can see the fossils of 160 million year old called "Kotasaurus Yamanpalliensis, the extinct species of dinosaur extracted from Adilabad. The excavations housed here include the fossils of eggs and shells of dinosaurs.
The Science Museum
The science museum initiated in 1990 covers an area of 10,000 sq meters. The architecture of this science museum itself is an attraction making it count amongst the finest museums of the country. The museum was designed by renowned architects of Kolkata and Mumbai, incorporating the technologies from Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. It's interesting to take a ride through latest discoveries in mechanics, computer sciences, optics and many other areas of life. Another delight is the collection of archeological exhibits like wood carvings, sculptures, bronze, locks of ancient times, arms and armory, palm leaf manuscripts etc. In fact the museum has a display of a few art works from maestros like Jamini Roy and Akbar Padamsee.
After a detailed exploration of the world of science, one can move out and take a visit to the well maintained gardens and play area for kids.
Location: Naubat Pahad, Naubat Pahad, Adarshnagar, Hyderabad-500 063 Phone: 324 1067 Main Attraction: Science Museum and Dinosorium. Timings: 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Show Timings for All Working days English: 11.30 am, 4 pm, 6 pm Telugu: 12.15 p.m, 2p.m, 3 pm, 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.15 pm. Hindi: 7.30 pm.