Date of visit: 05/09/2009
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is one of the units of National Council of Science Museums an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Around 1960 prominent industrialists acted on an idea of setting up an industrial museum & Visvesvaraya Industrial Museum society was formed. Building of about 40,000 sq.ft area was built in Cubbon park with the financial support of industrialists, State & Government of India. On 11th Nov. 1962 late Prime minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the museum. The first gallery on “Electro Technic” was opened to the public on 27th July, 1965. The museum is situated at Kasturba Road in the sylvan surroundings of Cubbon Park surrounded by stately buildings like Vidhan Soudha, High court etc. It is just 5 kms from City Railway & Bus station. Exhibition Hours: 10 am to 6 pm. Open on all days of the year.(Except Ganesha Chathurthi and Deepavali). Each floor of this museum is dedicated to a scientific discipline. The ‘Engine Hall’ exhibits engines of various automobiles, machines used in industry, a jet aircraft engine, and other mechanical devices. The predictability and precision of mechanics is demonstrated by the rolling balls that travel endlessly within metal tracks. It is delighting to watch the balls moving over roller coaster, looping a loop and bouncing high to be caught by a basket. Principle of conservation of energy can be explained convincingly through this exhibit. The ‘Electro Technic Gallery’ contains interactive electrical exhibits which work on the basic principles of electricity, electronics and communication. The ‘Fun Science gallery’ exhibits the sciences of sound, optics, fluids and perception. The ‘Space Gallery’ is about rocket science and the history of space exploration. Biotechnology hall has exhibits on basics of Biotechnology and its applications. The ‘Dinosaur alive’ has a moving replica of a Spinosaurus. The ‘BEL Hall of Electronics’ has interesting exhibits on Electronics. 3D films are screened regularly in the 3D theater. The museum also conducts a mini-planetarium show called ‘Taramandal’ at regular intervals.This is the only museum in the world other than the Smithsonian Institutions in the US, to have a full scale replica of the 1903 flyer of Wright brothers. A new gallery named ” Science for Children” is opened to the visitors from 30 April 2007. The gallery houses exhibits that engages children in activities that help them to enjoy science. There is a giant piano over which they can dance to play music. A pin-wall helps the children to make the impression of their body parts on it. There is a virtual game area, where children can play music using virtual instruments. An attractive mural made of colored beads welcome the visitors to this gallery, which is filled with fun and enjoyment. A new 3D theater using technology from LightSpeed, USA is open to the public now. Interesting films on deep sea diving and brain are screened here. The 3d effects are spectacular.
General Visitors : Rs.20
Students/Organised Groups: Rs.10
Taramandal Show: Rs.5
Science Demonstration Show: Rs.2
3D Film Show: Rs.10 for school group, Rs. 20 for general visitors.
Photos from outside the museum:
- HF-24 Aircraft: It is the prototype of Marut (reheat version) aircraft designed and built by Design Bureau of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore in 1964. It is powered by a pair of Bristol Orpheus 703 turbojets with reheat. This first India’s indigenous combat aircraft has supersonic flight capacity with duplicated power controls. It has improved navigation systems and sophisticated avionic gadgets. It can carry bombs, rockets, missiles, napalm bombs and droptanks for long range operations. This prototype is without engines.
Type: HF 24 MK-IR
Overall length: 15.98 meters.
Span: 9 meters
Height: 3.6 meters
Weight: 9000 kg.
Wing area: 20.21 square meters.
Fuel capacity: 2970 liters.
Donated by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore
- HF-24 Aircraft:
- HF-24 Aircraft:
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