Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka and one of India's most populous cities, is the hub of Indian information technology industry and because of this reason the city has a large cosmopolitan population. Though earlier the city attracted people looking for retirement options, now the peaceful, tree-lined garden city has in fact developed as a happening place with enough attractions for its citizens, and tourists too. One can find museums as diverse as one of archeology and the other, a museum of modern aviation, both a testimony to the rich cultural past and the modern tradition co -existing in the city. Most of these museums are located in the heart of the city, in the area around Cubbon Park.
The State Archeological Museum
This government museum, established in 1886, has a collection of ancient sculptures belonging to the 11th century Hoysala period. Arrowheads, coins, and pottery of Mohenjodaro are also displayed. The museum is located at Cubbon Park, right in the center of the city.
Venkatappa Art Gallery
The art gallery is part of the State museum and in its two floors houses over 600 paintings. Traditional paintings such as Mysore art as well as modern paintings are displayed here.
The Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) Aerospace Museum.
This second largest public aviation museum in the country has aircrafts on display, rare photos of HAL exhibited, and a flight simulator and a mock Air traffic Control Tower as well. The museum, maintained by the HAL is spread over a vast area and close to the popular M G Road, making it one of the major tourist must-see in the city.
The Science Park at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Located within the premises of the Planetarium at Vasanth Nagar is a Science Park. On display are various models of scientific structures, a sun dial, and interesting structures such as whispering dishes and resonant swings which demonstrate scientific concepts.
Art Gallery at Tipu Sultan's Palace
The majestic two-storey high palace located at the center of the crowded Chamrajpet area in the city houses an art gallery. Apart from art works it also displays photographs of Viceroys and Maharajas.
Karnataka Folk Museum
The museum located at Kumara Park has an interesting display of folk crafts such as puppets, weapons, masks, costumes and musical instruments.
Philatelic Museum at the Post Office
Located near the Vidhan Soudha, the Bengaluru General Post Office has a stamp museum in its premises.
Legends Motorcycle Museum
This motorcycle museum displays a collection of over 20 vintage motorcycles. Also exhibited are photographs and biker memorabilia.
The museum located at Kumara Park displays memorabilia Related to Gandhi Ji's life. It displays letters and photographs, and has a library also.
Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
This museum located on Kasturba Road, and maintained by the National Council of Science Museums has interactive displays and exhibits. Each floor of the museum is dedicated to a specific science discipline. It has mechanical devices and engines on display, an Electro Technic Gallery displaying electrical exhibits, and a fun center for children.
- Karnataka Folk Museum
- Government Aquarium
- Government Museum
- Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Last Updated on : 03/12/2013