Visweswaraiah Industrial & Technological Museum
Museum / Gallery
At a distance of 5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Visweswaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) is located on Kasturba road in the surroundings of Cubbon Park. It was established as a tribute to Sir M Visweswaraiah, a great civil engineer. This is one of the best science museums in India and one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city, especially for children.
The museum occupies an area of 4000 sq. m, housing various industrial products and engines, which were opened by Sri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962. The first gallery set up at VITM on the theme Electricity was opened to the public in 1965. An airplane and a steam engine are displayed in its compound.
VITM has 7 permanent exhibition galleries titled Engine Hall, Fun Science, Electro technic, Space - Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind, Biotechnological Revolution, BEL Hall of Electronics and Children Science. The Engine Hall exhibits engines of various automobiles, machines used in industry, a jet aircraft engine and other mechanical devices. The Electro Technic Gallery contains interactive electrical exhibits which work on the basic principles of electricity, electronics and communication. The Fun Science gallery exhibits the sciences of sound, optics, fluids and perception.
The Space Gallery is about rocket science and the history of space exploration. Biotechnology hall has exhibits on basics of Biotechnology and its applications. The Dinosaur alive has a moving replica of a Spinosaurus. The BEL Hall of Electronics has interesting exhibits on Electronics. There is a giant piano over which children can dance to play music. A pin-wall helps the children make the impression of their body parts on it. There is a virtual game area, where children can play music using virtual instruments.
A new 3D theater is open to the public now which showcases interesting films on deep sea diving and brain are screened here. The museum also conducts a mini-planetarium show called Taramandal at regular intervals. This is the only museum in the world other than the Smithsonian Institutions in the US, to have a full scale replica of the 1903 flyer of Wright brothers.
The 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.
Entry Fee: General Visitors: Rs.40, 3D show: Rs.25, Taramandal: Rs.10, SDL (Science Demonstration Lecture): Rs.10 and SOS (Science on a Sphere): Rs.25. There is a special fee for school children.
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM all days except Ganesh Chathurthi and Diwali.