Vishweshwaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum
The Vishweshwaraiah (Visvesvaraya) Industrial & Technological Museum, commonly known as VITM, is located in Bangalore and is under the management of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), which is a part of the Government of India.
Established in honor of the engineer-statesman Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah (1861-1962) as part of the centenary celebrations, the museum initially fell under the jurisdiction of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 1962. However, with the formation of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) in 1978, the Vishweshwaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum assumed the role of the southern headquarters. The NCSM operates a network of 28 centers across India, aiming to promote science through interactive exhibits and educational initiatives.
It's important to note that the Vishweshwaraiah Museum differs from traditional museums in that it offers a dynamic experience, featuring interactive exhibits rather than static displays. In essence, it functions as a "Science Center" where visitors can engage actively with scientific concepts and principles.
Engine Hall at Vishweshwaraiah Museum
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.
Fun Science gallery at Vishweshwaraiah Museum
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.
Science for Children Gallery at at Vishweshwaraiah Museum
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.
The museum attracts close to one million visitors a year.
Vishweshwaraiah Industrial & Technological Museum,
Kasturba Road, Bangalore-560001
Phone Number: +91-80-22866200
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