Birla Industrial Museum

Birla Industrial Museum or Birla Industrial and Technological Museum is situated at 19A, Gurusaday Road in South Kolkata.

Birla Industrial Museum of Kolkata was founded in 1956. It was initiated by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It was the untiring effort of Dr. BC Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, that the Birlas gave away the building and the adjacent piece of land. This actually was a property of Satyendranath Tagore. In the year 1978 the Birla Industrial Museum of Kolkata has been brought under the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM). The basic objective of the museum is to evoke the thirst for science and a concept of technology amongst the mass, particularly the students.

Birla Industrial Museum of Kolkata has numerous exhibits which are designed, prepared and fabricated in their own workshop. There are the galleries focusing models on:
  • Electricity
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Iron and Steel
  • Optics
  • Motive Power
  • Communication and Mining.
The Optics Gallery is now changed into a Popular Science Gallery. The Birla Industrial Museum at Kolkata is quite inclined to the popular activities like film shows, demonstrations, hobby activities, periodic programs on sky-observation through telescopes, etc. It conducts several mobile units meant for the people in the villages. Regional Science Museums at Malda and Purulia work under this body. The museum also houses live snakes, reptiles, rabbits, birds and fishes.

Chief attractions of the Birla Industrial Museum of Kolkata include :
  • Underground Mock-up Coal Mine
  • Rabbit House
  • Snake Pits
  • Aquarium
  • Aviary
  • Bonsai
  • Cacti Garden
  • Television and Scientific film shows
Timing - 10.00 am- 5.30 pm (Except Monday)

Last Updated on : 23 October 2012