Bangalore is home to an amazing and modern museum called the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. Regarded as one of the most talented civil engineers in the country, Sir M. Visvesvaraya was way ahead of his time in thought process and technology. His birthday 15 September is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in India.
There is an entire university Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) named in his honour and I graduated from that university. And when I found out that there is also a cool museum in Bangalore to showcase the modern technology, I instantly wanted to visit it. In this post, you will find the complete guide and information about Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bangalore.
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About Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Located on Kasturba Road, next to the Cubbon Park and Government Museum, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is home to many scientific exhibits and models. Opened in 1962 and inaugurated by our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the museum is one of its kind and was created to honor Sir M. Visvesvaraya, the bearer of India’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna. Today, the museum has many scientific galleries and models.
Did you know that you can visit the birthplace of Sir M. Visvesvaraya and it is in a small village called Muddenahalli in Karnataka state, which is around 60 kilometres from Bangalore city?
What to expect at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum?
The museum has three storeys with many galleries and each of these galleries have a theme.
- Engine Hall, dedicated to cars and automobile industry.
- How things work gallery, illustrating how machines work.
- Fun Science gallery, dedicated to sound, optics and perception.
- Electro Technic gallery, dedicated to interactive electricals.
- Space-Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind gallery, dedicated to Indian Space Program.
- Biotechnological Evolution hall, dedicated to biotechnology.
- BEL Hall of Electronics, dedicated to electronics and information technology (IT). This is created in collaboration with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
- Science for Kids gallery, dedicated to our senses, and surroundings. This is a fun place with lots of life size animal models.
- Dinosaur Alive, dedicated to (of course!) dinosaurs. Do look out for Spinosaurus.
- Science on a Sphere, dedicated to planetary data.
- Wright Brothers gallery, dedicated to the models of flights, simulator of a flight.
- 3D Theatre, projecting the life on the planet, including the underwater life. This is very beautiful.
- Celestron Telescope with GPS, a 11 inches telescope.
- The museum is open everyday between 9:30 AM and 6 PM.
- There is an entrance fee of Rupees 85 per adult and the 3D shows are extra. The tickets are purchased at the entrance of the museum. Ensure to carry your valid government identification. Children below 5 years of age can enter the museum for free.
- You need at least half a day to see and enjoy all the exhibits at the museum. This is a perfect place for kids to learn about the modern technology.
- Do not miss the show at 3D Theatre. This is at an extra change to the entrance.
- There is a cafeteria in the museum for light snacks and coffee.
How to get to Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum?
Situated on Kasturba Road (part of Bangalore city centre), the museum is just around 500 metres from Bangalore General Post Office (GPO) and the journey by road is around 5 to 10 minutes. There is ample parking space at the museum.
- Metro – The easiest way to get to the museum is by taking a metro. Cubbon Park or the Vidhana Soudha Metro stations are the closest to the museum. You can alight at one of these stations and walk to the museum, which is around 400 to 500 metres. For up to date information on metro lines and routes, refer Namma Metro.
- Bus – There are frequent buses between Majestic (main bus stop) and Kasturba Road that you can take.
Read – Transportation in Bangalore.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Q: Where is Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum located?
The museum is next to Cubbon Park and Government museum on Kasturba Road. You can walk from Cubbon Park to the museum.
Q: How to get to Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum?
The best way is to get off at Vidhana Soudha metro station and walk inside the Cubbon Park to get to the museum. The walking distance is just 400 to 500 metres.
Q: How much does it cost to enter Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum?
For general admission, the entrance fee is Rupees 85 per person. Children below 5 years of age can enter for free.
Q: What is the best time to visit Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum?
The best time is to visit in the morning so there is less crowd. But note that this museum is very popular among kids and you will find it crowded most times.
Q: How much time should I spend at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum?
You need at least half a day to glance through the museum. The museum has many things and everything is interesting.
Q: What can I see at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum?
The museum is spread across three floors and many galleries. Each of these galleries have various themes and exhibits. Do not forget to visit the 3D Theatre.
Q: When is Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum open?
The museum is open everyday between 9:30 AM and 6 PM, except for public holidays such as Deepavali and Ganesha festivals.
Q: What are the other things that I can do around Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum?
There are many things you can do around the museum:
- Visit Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road or Church Streets for shopping.
- Spend time at UB City. There are many international brands and restaurants in the shopping centre.
- Take a heritage walk in Cubbon Park.
- Walk the Postal heritage trail.
Q: What are the other museums that I can see in Bangalore?
Bangalore has more than 8 to 10 museums and each one of them are as interesting as the other. These are some of the museums and galleries you can visit:
- Government museum, has artefacts dating back to 1st century.
- Kempegowda museum, dedicated to Bangalore’s founder Kempegowda I.
- Sandesha museum, dedicated to Indian communication journey.
- Indian Cartoon Gallery, India’s only gallery dedicated to cartoons.
If you love science, technology or even anything related to engineering, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is the museum to visit. It is totally worth it and I am sure you will have a great time even if you are an adult.
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