Updated: Dec 26, 2022
The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is a museum located in Bangalore, India. It is part of the National Council of Science Museums under the Ministry of Culture. It was established in memory of Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya and covers an area of over 4,000 square meters. It is situated in Cubbon Park.
The museum's exhibits include everything from electronics to motor power to the properties of metal and wood. Even the youngest of visitors will enjoy the life-size animatronic Spinosaurus. It is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. While exploring this museum, you can also take your child to the Tara Mandal Show, which is separate from the rest of the museum.
The museum is home to several temporary exhibitions and is also the home of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM). The museum has a permanent exhibit of a rotating collection of science-based objects. It also hosts traveling exhibitions developed by other units of NCSM. Visitors can also enjoy displays on sports, aviation, and the science of sports.
The Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum was established in 1962 after the All India Manufacturers' Organization decided to establish a science-tech museum in Bangalore. It was conceived as a science museum with four floors devoted to different scientific disciplines. The museum also has a food court, where you can enjoy delicious snacks while learning about the latest advances in science.
Located in Cubbon Park, the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum is easily accessible by bus, cab, or by car. The museum is four kilometers away from the Majestic bus stand and 35 kilometers from the Bengaluru airport. Several hotels in the city will accommodate visitors of all budgets. The museum has a visitor footfall of four crores.
Besides the main exhibition halls, the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum also hosts an innovative Mobile Science Exhibition (MSE) featuring 24 interactive exhibits mounted on a bus. Launched in 1970, the Mobile Science Exhibition has traveled to various cities across South India. The museum also conducts several education extension activities. These include Science Demonstration Lectures, Sky Observation Programmes, Popular Science Lectures, Teachers' Training Programmes, Science Drama Festivals, and Science Seminars.
The museum is open to the public from 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, the museum is open to the public by appointment. The museum is closed on Tuesdays. Visitors are advised to plan their visit accordingly. If you're visiting the museum on a weekday, make sure to arrive early to avoid the crowd and to avoid long queues.
The museum also has several galleries, including biotechnology and space exhibits. The biotech gallery explores basic biology and agriculture while the space hall focuses on space technology. Exhibits include the Chandrayaan-1 moon-orbiting mission, which orbited the moon and delivered an impactor to the lunar surface.