Visit Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bengaluru and you will get answers to most of the unanswered questions in life. Like, how does a ballpoint pen work? What is the difference between a petrol engine and a diesel engine? How do people survive in space? transistors, chromosomes, speed of sound, and a lot more.
This museum in Bengaluru was established in memory of Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya and opened to the public on 27th July 1965. It is the constituent of the National Council of Science Museum headquartered in Kolkata.
The museum houses various scientific experiments and engines that will make you understand how things work in simple and plain language. You get to experiment yourself just by pressing a button.
You can visit the museum all days of the week and it is four floors of fun and learning. As you enter the museum complex, you will get to see the HAL built first indigenous Marut Aircraft (1950). Well, your selfie trial starts here.
There is no restriction to capture photos inside the museum and you can use your compact cameras or smartphone to shoot them all. But do ensure not to disturb fellow visitors to the museum.
The Engine Hall & Dinosaur Enclave is on the ground floor and the fun and learning start here. You will hear the dinosaur roaring as you enter the hall. The Wright Brothers with their aircraft will catch your attention on the right. You will have a glimpse of all the aircraft engines out there. Don’t be confused or be in a hurry and take your time to observe every section of the museum.
As you climb the first floor, you will start remembering your school days. The Electrotechnic section showcases information about atoms, static energy, electroscope just to give you an introduction. Did you know the earth is one big magnet?
The Fun Science section is about moving air, defying gravity, parabola, air canon, and so many other interesting things. Look out for the whispering dish and liquid painting experiment, they are amazing.
The second floor of the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum showcases primitive methods of biotechnology. You will understand how people were growing plants and breeding animals in the early ages. You will also understand the role of biotechnology in agriculture, health, and industry.
The Space Technology Section is all about flight mechanics, rocket propulsion, helicopter, launch complex, satellite components, and mission control centers. Have you ever wondered why there are two propellers in a helicopter? It’s about balancing. You will get clear answers for doubts like this in the technology museum.
There are miniature models of various Indian satellites and some interesting information about the International Space Station.
The third floor consists of BEL Hall of Electronics and Science for Kids. The hall of electronics is about integrated circuits, bar code readers, satellite communication, fiber optic communication to name a few. You will come across a working model that shows how the GPS works and there are other interesting experiments that you don’t want to miss. Children will surely enjoy the Science for Kids section, it’s again fun and learning for them.
If you are hungry or thirsty, head to the 4th floor of the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, there’s a cafeteria serving vegan meals. The menu price does not burn your pocket.
On the 4th floor, the beautiful view of Kasturba Road, the Kingfisher building, and the UB tower will attract you. Mind your steps while walking on the terrace as it is messed up with the cable wires.
Note some of the shows may not be conducted due to pandemic situations.
The entry fee is Rs. 70/- (as of Mar-2021). Entry is free for children under 5 years and also for military or police personnel with ID. The museum is opened all days of the week except during the Ganesha Festival and Deepavali. Museum opens at 9.30 am.
You can take a walk inside the Cubbon Park to explore the Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, Attara Kacheri, and the most imposing building Vidhana Soúdha. And this is not the end, there are so many places to visit in Bangalore.