The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Named after M. Visvesvaraya, the Dewan of Mysore is situated on the Kasturba Road in Bangalore. The Management comes under the national council of science museums (NCSM). It was in the year 1960,the prominent industrialists planned to set up an industrial museum. The museum was inaugurated by the then prime minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962. The museum was handed over to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the same year. The building covers an area of about 40,000 sq.ft and the museum was established as part of the centenary celebrations of the famous engineer-Statesman Sir M.visvesvaraya. The museum became the southern headquarters when the National Council of Science Museums was formed in the year 1978. The main objective of the council is to promote science through interactive exhibits.
The ‘Fun science gallery’ on the first floor exhibits optics, maths and perception and fluids. This part of the museum is a real crowd puller. There is an “engine Hall” that exhibits engines of various automobiles, machines used in industry and other mechanical devices. The renovated section has interactive exhibits on levers, pulleys, wheel & axle, zipper, lock etc. A visit to this museum is very informative and even a layman can understand how the whole mechanism works. There are many sections inside the museum like ‘Space Gallery’, where it showcases more on rocket science and space exploration. The ‘Bio technology hall exhibits the basics of Biotechnology and its applications. The ‘BEL Hall” have interesting exhibits about electronics. The gallery ” Science for Children” exhibits more of which engages children in activities that helps them to enjoy science. The Electro Technic Gallery contains electrical exhibits which work on the basic principles of electricity, electronics and communication. Here It exhibits the classical experiments like Oersted’s experiment, Barlow’s wheel, Faraday’s ring, etc. A demonstration on electrostatics, which include Tesla coil, Van de Graaff generator etc. can be found here. This is a must visit place for students who study about electricity and those who are keen to know more about electricity.
There is a virtual game area where children can play music using virtual instruments. The museum conducts a show called taramandal at regular intervals. Here you can find the full scale replica of the 1903 flyer of Wright brothers. A new 3D theatre using technology from LightSpeed, USA has been introduced and is open to the public now. Interesting films on deep sea diving and brain are screened here. Another new addition to the museum is the ‘Science on a sphere’, where an animated globe uses multimedia to project images of a changing atmosphere, ocean dynamics and landscapes. The museum attracts about one million visitors a year and is open on all days except on diwali and ganesha chathurthi. The museum will open by 10 am and closes by 6 pm.The entry fee for an adult is rs.40.