Since 1995, Planetarium Negara has served as a center for space research, welcoming both adults and children interested in the universe, our galaxy and the history of outer space exploration.
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53 Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Located within the Perdana Botanical Garden complex, Planetarium Negara occupies a total area of 11,000m2 on top of a hill overlooking Kuala Lumpur, not far from the KL Bird Park and KL Butterfly Park.
Planetarium Negara’s unique architecture incorporates Islamic designs with its distinctive blue dome similar to that of a mosque.
The main entrance is shaped as a cosmic portal leading to a series of exhibition halls containing both static and interactive expositions, namely the Space Theatre, Space Science Exhibit, Resource Centre, Viewing Gallery, and the Observatory Park. A robot Space Ball will even help and guide you through the planetarium’s halls.
A special lift takes visitors up to the observatory, which is located on the top of a minaret-shaped tower. Here, there is a 14-inch telescope for visitors to try and peek into the celestial sky.
One of the most popular exhibits on display here is the Arianne IV space engine, one of the engines used to launch Malaysia’s first satellite into space – the MEASAT 1.
Another of Planetarium Negara’s popular attractions is the IMAX-Cinema, where documentaries and the Space Science Show are shown on a semi-spherical screen several times a day. Travel from Earth all the way out to the edge of the known Universe as you fly through the path of learning on space related matters. Shows are screened every hour from 10am to 4pm. On occasion, Hollywood movies about space, for example ‘Star Wars,’ are played there too.
To cap it off, there is also has a space park featuring various replicas of ancient observatory equipment, in particular those found in India and China as well as a replica of England’s Stonehenge.
Admission into the main gallery of the planetarium is free.
Charges apply for the Planetarium Shows and Space Pod.
Planetarium Negara is is open daily except Mondays from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Closed Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha.
How to get to Planetarium Negara (National Planetarium)
The National Planetarium is located within the Perdana Botanical Garden complex in central Kuala Lumpur.
The nearest MRT station is Muzium Negara and the nearest KTM stations are KL Sentral or Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.
The KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus will drop you at Perdana Botanical Garden, which is near the National Planetarium. Alternatively, board a bus from KL Sentral or walk about 2.5km from KL Sentral to the planetarium.