Museum and art gallery
2 - 3 Hours
Children's play area
FIrst Aid kit
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore, popularly known as Visvesvaraya Museum it’s a constituent unit of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, was established in memory of Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. A modest building with a built up area of 4000 sq. mtrs. was constructed in the serene surrounding of the Cubbon Park, housing various industrial products and engines, which was opened by the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 14.07.1962. The first gallery set up at VISVESVARAYA INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM on the theme ‘Electricity” was opened to the public on 27.07.1965 by the then Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting & Bharat Ratna Indira Gandhi.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum has a Dinosaur Corner with mobile app facility & a 1:1 scale replica of the Wright Brothers’ Flyer “Kitty Hawk” along with ‘Flyer Simulator’ providing an immersive and entertaining experience to the visitor. The ‘Science on a Sphere’ at VISVESVARAYA INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM, the only one in Asia, is a large visualization system that uses multimedia projections to display animated data on the sphere converting it into an immersive animated globe showing dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, ocean's and land area of a planet, combined with narration. VISVESVARAYA INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM has 7 permanent exhibition galleries titled Engine Hall, Fun Science, Electrotechnic, Space – Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind, Biotechnological Revolution, BEL Hall of Electronics and Children Science.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum has Mobile Science Exhibition with 24 participatory exhibits mounted on a bus. Launched in the year 1970, the Mobile Science Exhibition travels through the length and breadth of the whole of South India. Simultaneously, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum organizes several education extension activities to supplement science education in schools like Science Demonstration Lectures, Hobby Centres, Sky Observation Programmes, Popular Science Lectures, Teachers Training Programmes etc., for the benefit of students and new programmes like Science Fairs, Science Seminars, Planetarium Programmes, Science Drama Festival, Story Telling and Special programs in commemoration of achievements in science and technology. During this period the first HAM Radio station was also set up in VISVESVARAYA INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM and that became a passion for the children and adult alike.
Between 1982 and 1993, NCSM set up three more science centers at Gulbarga (Karnataka) in 1984, Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu) in 1987 and Tirupati in 1993, which are functioning directly under the administrative control of VISVESVARAYA INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Thus, VISVESVARAYA INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM became the southern zone headquarters of NCSM. While celebrating its Golden Jubilee during the year 2014-15, VISVESVARAYA INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM stands tall as a major landmark in the city of Bangalore attracting people from all walks of life with the visitor footfall touching 1 million. It is a matter of pride that the cumulative visitor footfall to the Museum for the past 50 years has crossed 4 crores.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum has been assigned with the task of setting up new science centers in the Southern Zone by NCSM. The Regional Science Centres at Dharwad, Coimbatore and a Sub-Regional Science Centre & Planetarium at Puducherry were developed and handed over to the respective State Governments/UT. All these new Science Centres are equipped with the state-of-art exhibits and activities that children can perform and learn science in an out of school mode. VISVESVARAYA INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM is currently assigned with the task of setting up a Regional Science Centre at Mysore.
What to See in Museum
- The Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum has 5 main galleries with exhibits catering to electronics, motor power, telecommunications, computational devices, aviation and other aspects of science.
- The museum has an interesting collection of artifacts cutting across Science and Technology developments over the last century. A few of the artifacts are Steam Wagon, Edison’s Phonograph, Mechanical Calculator, Gramophone, Sewing Machine, Reaction Turbine, Jet Engine, and Combination Lock.
- The fun science gallery displays exhibits on sciences of sound, optics, fluids, math, and perception. One gets a good grounding on the classical experiments like Oersted's experiment, Barlow's wheel, Faraday's ring at the Electronic Technology Gallery.
- Rocket Science and the history of space exploration are covered in the Space Gallery. There are prototypes of “Mission Control Centre”, “Satellites” and “Rocket Launchers” in this gallery. There is also a special section dedicated to the famous Indian astronaut Kalpana Chawla.
- The most interesting exhibit for in the Science for Children Gallery is a giant Piano over which kids can jump and create music!
Special Exhibits at Museum
- There is a real life-size replica of a Spinosaurus right near the entrance on the ground floor. This section educates children about how the Dinosaurs lived and perished. The moving Exhibit accompanied with its spine-chilling cries leaves quite an impression among kids!
- A rare exhibit is a replica of “Flyer”, the very first airplane flown by the Wright brothers in 1903. The Wright brothers had flown it four times on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the USA. In order to reduce drag, the pilot flew lying on his stomach on the lower wing with his head toward the front of them. Steering is enabled by moving a cradle attached to the pilot’s hips.
The seven exhibition halls :
- Engine Hall
- Fun Science
- Space Emerging Technology in the service of mankind
- Biotechnological Revolution
- BEL-Hall of Electronics
- Science for Children
- General Visitors: Rs.50/-
- Organized school groups: Rs.25/-
- Organized Govt./Municipal school groups: Rs.10/-
- BPL Category on the production of valid BPL card: Rs.5/-
- 3D show for the general public: Rs.40/-
- 3D show for Organised school groups: Rs.30/-
- 3D show for Govt./Municipal school groups: Rs.15/-
- Taramandal for the general public: Rs.10/-
- Taramandal for Organised school groups: Rs.10/-
- Taramandal for Govt./Municipal school groups: Rs.10/-
- SDL for the general public: Rs.10/-
- SDL for Organised school groups: Rs.10/-
- SDL for Govt./Municipal school groups: Rs.5/-
- SOS (Science On A Sphere) for the general public: Rs.40/-
- SOS for Organised school groups: Rs.30/-
- SOS for Govt./Municipal school groups: Rs.15/-
- Wright Brothers' Flyer Simulator for the general public: Rs.60/-
- Wright Brothers' Flyer Simulator for Organised school groups: Rs.60/-
- Wright Brothers' Flyer Simulator for Govt./Municipal school groups: Rs.60/-
*Entry to the Museum is free for the army, navy, air-force and police personnel in uniform and the physically challenged and children below 5 years of age.
|January to December|
|Monday||09: 30 AM - 06:00 PM|
|Tuesday||09: 30 AM - 06:00 PM|
|Wednesday||09: 30 AM - 06:00 PM|
|Thursday||09: 30 AM - 06:00 PM|
|Friday||09: 30 AM - 06:00 PM|
|Saturday||09: 30 AM - 06:00 PM|
|Sunday||09: 30 AM - 06:00 PM|
|Last Admission||05:30 PM|
Things to carry
First aid kit
Things Not Allowed