Open : 11: 00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Close : ALL MONDAYS THROUGHT THE YEAR
Fees : Free for School children
Nearest Metro Station : Race Course Metro Station,
The first show begins here at 11: 00 a.m. and so it is advisable to reach here by 10: 30 a.m. to buy the tickets. The last show is of 4 p.m. so gates are generally closed by 03: 30 p.m.
One can also visit Planetarium show in Kolkata as there too is National Planetarium Centre.
Teen Murti Bhavan used to be officially the residence of 1st Prime Minister of India – Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. He stayed in this house for over 16 years till his death on May 27th, 1964. Designed by British architect Robert Tor Russell, today it houses various institutions including Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Centre for Contemporary Studies and Nehru Planetarium.
Teen Murti Bhavan is a magnificent place which houses state – of – art life – size statues of 3 soldiers representing 3 states Jodhpur, Hyderabad and Mysore who served present day Gaza Strip, Israel and Palestine during World War I under British Indian Army. It is one these three statues that the name of building has been kept as – Teen Murti or 3 idols.
On the death of Nehru Ji, the house was converted into a National Museum comprising of library and a museum. One can see his belongings in the South Block – in the office of Ministry of External Affairs which have been re – created. The things kept over here include similar furniture, several mementos and manuscripts. Inside Teen Murt, in the large lawns of the house one can find the “LAST SPEECH” – FREEDOM AT MIDNIGHT, inscribed on a large stone.
Library of Teen Murti contains one of the finest collection of books India has got. The Nehru Planetarium was inaugurated by then Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, on February 6th, 1984. Planetarium shows various stories on stars, galaxy and other information about outer space which is very well absorbed and liked by kids. Various lectures on Astronomy are carried out here in Summer Season. In fact, it is a active place for school and college students which can be seen throughout the year. Various astronomical quiz and art competitions too are carried out here, especially in the months of February and August. National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata to places a lot of interest in it. Inside the Planetarium one can find information about Indian Space Program and the Capsule of Rakesh Sharma – the 1st Indian Astronaught to reach Moon.
Just next to Nehru Planetarium is the Shikargah – also called Kushak Mahal, the hunting lodge of Sultanate of Delhi, Feroz Shah Tughlaq. It includes three bays with archs; each one of them divided into 3 compartments. The Monument is well protected by Archeological Survey of India (ASI).