The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was founded in 1989, by the Bangalore City Corporation. In 1992, the administration of the planetarium was entrusted to an autonomous body, the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE), which is dedicated to disseminate knowledge and information about science among student and laymen. BASE has established a Science Centre on the premises of the planetarium, which is serving as a centre for non formal education. Furthermore, a Science Park is also been constructed around the planetarium.
The sky theatre is the main attraction of the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. The sky theatre inside the planetarium has a sitting capacity of 225. The dome of the sky theatre has a diameter of 15 m and is worth a visit. The projector projects the sky and the constellation pictures onto the dome. There are two shows conducted daily which reveals the mysteries of the universe. The shows use paintings, cartoons, video clippings, and computer animations freely. These shows offer clear and interesting educational accounts of science, and help you gain an understanding of the cultural aspects of various countries, as the shows in the sky theatre effectively blends science with art and culture.