The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), a treasure trove of knowledge, popularizes science through live demonstrations to give you a fun-filled educational experience. It is one place where science merges with frolic, becoming a pleasure for children and adults alike.
Located in the heart of Bengaluru, the museum was constructed in the honour of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, one of the architects of modern Karnataka.
Spread over an area of 40,000 sq. ft., the five-floored museum is dedicated to several scientific disciplines and has five galleries on display, namely, the Electronic Technology Gallery, the Engine Hall, the Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery, the Children’s Science Gallery, and the Popular Science Gallery.
This wonderland develops in children an appreciation for science by making them participate in and curious about intriguing experiments. Some examples are: a tap from which water flows endlessly, with no source connected; a magic mirror; whispering dishes; a special carrom board; the Head on the Platter etc.
- Wright Flyer: The replica of the remarkable aeroplane of the Wright Brothers (1903).
- Dinosaur’s Room: A model of a dinosaur amuses children as it howls and moves.
Engine Hall: Engines of various automobiles, industrial machines and other mechanical devices are exhibited here.
- Electronic Technology Gallery: It contains marvels of electronics and communication, including classical experiments like Faraday’s ring, Barlow’s wheel, Oersted’s experiment etc.
- Fun Science Gallery: It displays sciences of sound with the help of delayed hearing equipment and the music by air tubes. It also exhibits a giant piano over which visitors can dance to play music.
- Space Gallery: Here you get a chance to see a colorful presentation of the solar system, a model of a rocket, as well as a show on the constellations in the sky. It also showcases a model of Aryabhata, the first Indian satellite.
- Taramandal, a mini-planetarium show.
- 3D theatre films on deep-sea diving and the human brain.
There is a canteen on the terrace of the museum, which provides you a view of the twin towers of Bangalore connected by a bridge. You can also see a plane, two missiles, and a big model of the inside of a train engine placed in the compound of the museum.
52, Kasturba Road
Bangalore 560 001
(Five km away from the Kempegowda Bus Station and City Railway)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (all days other than Deepavali and Ganesha Chaturthi)
- Entry fee: Rs. 10 (school group), Rs. 20 (general)
- Taramandal Show: Rs. 5
- Science Demonstration Show: Rs. 2
- 3D Film Show: Rs. 10 (school group), Rs. 20 (general)
Entry is free for army, air-force, police and navy staff in uniform; children below five years of age; and the handicapped.
The museum offers ‘package tours’, which can be availed by schools for their students.
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