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, Bangalore. It is one of the best science museums in India, and one of the top places to visit in Bangalore, especially for children.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), is a constituent unit of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India. It was established in memory of Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. It is one of the must include places in Bangalore Tour Packages. Coverng an area of 4000 sq. m, the museum was opened by the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962 while the first gallery set up at VITM, on the theme of Electricity, was opened to the public on 27th July 1965. 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 the 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 the 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 the 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.
Timings: 9.30 AM - 6 PM, Closed on Ganesh Chathurthi & Diwali.
Entry Fee: Rs. 40 for General Visitors, Rs. 30 for School Groups, Rs. 40 for 3D Show, Rs.10 for Taramandal, Rs.10 for SDL (Science Demonstration Lecture), and Rs. 25 for SOS (Science on a Sphere). There is a special fee for school children.