If you ever dreamt of being an astronaut or were interested in exploring space and science of space then Nehru Museum and Planetarium should be you next destination. Depicting the history of India’s space exploration missions and achievements of ISRO combined with latest discovery in the field of space is what makes this place every space lover’s heaven. Take a walk amongst the stars, float in the infinite universe and experience the feel of witnessing a distant planet, within touching distance, with the famous surreal Sky Theatre of the planetarium.
Located in Teen Murti Road, alongside the kids friendly Planetarium lies the famous Nehru Museum which was residence of India’s first Prime Minister Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Late Jawaharlal Nehru was known to be a friendly figure amongst kids and kids used to call him Chacha (Uncle) Nehru. To preserve the legacy of Nehru and his affection for kids, the Nehru Museum and Planetarium is designed in such way that it attracts adults as well as children.
The Nehru museum is a walk down the memory lane to the time when India was united in its fight against British. Nehru Museum also exhibits the lifestyle of Nehru and guests can also get to witness the vast personal collection of books of Nehru. For those who seek to experience the social environment of the time when India was fighting for Independence, this place will take guests to the journey of India’s independence movement. A popular kids museum, the Nehru Museum and Planetarium today has become a major tourist attraction in Delhi.
The Museum is divided into two parts, one being the Nehru Museum and Library and other is Nehru Planetarium. The Nehru Museum and Library gives tourist an insight into the life of India’s first Prime Minister. Opened after his death, the library consists of books written by Nehru and showcases Nehru’s personal collection of books. Known to highly intellectual and well read, the library of Nehru has some of the most famous and celebrated work of literature, history, and politics. The guests can also see the bedroom and drawing room of Jawaharlal Nehru which has been preserved the way it was during his stay.
The most famous kids’ destination in Delhi, Nehru Planetarium was first opened in 1984 which was further renovated and reopened in 2011. The Planetarium boasts a Sky Theatre which takes guests on a voyage of stars and solar system. Nehru was a leader with a scientific vision and it is quite evident with the exhibits in the Nehru Planetarium. The famous tourist attraction houses a detailed journey of India’s space expedition ranging from India’s first satellite Aryabhata to India’s first manned mission on Moon. The planetarium’s collection also consists of the space suit worn by Rakesh Sharma, first Indian to land on Moon. There is also the description of various scientific principles that apply in space like Doppler's effect and the planetarium exhibits various space tools and equipments like a replica of long range telescope. There is also a small Mughal architecture inside the premise which you must explore.
Major Highlights of the Museum
- Nehru Library
- Newspaper clipping from Indian Freedom Struggle
- Nehru’s famous Independence Day speech etched on a stone wall.
- Bedroom and Drawing room of then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
- Nehru Planetarium
- Space suits worn by Rakesh Sharma during his Moon mission
- Sky Theater
- Nearby medieval monument
Tuesday - Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
There is no entry fee for visiting Nehru Museum. However, entry fee for Nehru Planetarium is INR 50 for adults, INR 30 for children (13 years and above). Fee for school student is INR 20.
Teen Murti House, Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110011
How to Reach
The nearest Metro Station is Race Course Road (Yellow Line). You can interchange for Yellow line at Rajiv Chowk (Blue Line), Kashmiri Gate (Red Line & Violet Line) and Central Secretariat (Violet Line). You can take auto from the metro station. Buses also ply on this route.