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The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum Bangalore (VITM), is a constituent unit of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, time-honoured in reminiscence of Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya.
It is a self-effacing building with a developed area constructed in the quiet surrounding of the Cubbon Park, covering various industrial products and engines.
In order to honour Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya, the great visionary, celebrated engineer and statesman of our country, the All India Manufactures’ Organization, Mysore State Board, decided to set up a Science & Technology Museum at Bangalore and the foundation stone was laid by Shri B.D. Jatti, Chief Minister of erstwhile Mysore State in the year 1958. It was opened by the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1962.
The first gallery set up at VITM on the theme ‘Electricity” was opened to the public in the year 1965 under the mentorship of CSIR.
The Mobile Science Exhibition (MSE) launched by VITM in the year 1970 with 24 participatory exhibits mounted on a bus for taking science to the common man’s door step.
In 1978, the science museums/centres including VITM were delinked from CSIR and brought under a newly formed Society known as National Council of Science Museums (NCSM).
In the year 1979, a link block was constructed which raised the total built up area of the Museum.
The “Engine Hall” displays engines of a variety of automobiles, machines used in industry, a jet aircraft engine, and other mechanical devices. The certainty and accuracy of mechanics is demonstrated by the rolling balls that travel endlessly within metal tracks. It is amusing 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 realistically through this exhibit.
The ‘Electro Technic Gallery’ holds interactive electrical exhibits which work on the basic principles of electricity, electronics and communication. A modernized version of Electro Technic gallery is opened to public during 2010. This gallery exhibits the conventional experimentation like Oersted’s experiment, Barlow’s wheel, Faraday’s ring, etc. A demonstration on electrostatics, which comprises Tesla coil, Van de Graaff generator etc. is also on display. This is a must visit for all the students of electricity at basic and advanced level and all those who are attracted by the marvels of electricity.
The ‘Fun Science gallery’ displays exhibits on sciences of sound, optics, fluids, math and perception. There are about 60 fun-filled exhibits in this gallery and people host every exhibit in large numbers to function them.
The ‘Space Gallery’ is about rocket science and the history of space exploration.
Biotechnology hall exhibits the basics of Biotechnology and its applications.
The ‘BEL Hall of Electronics’ has interesting exhibits on basic Electronics and its practical applications.
The gallery named “Science for Children” houses exhibits that engage 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. The ‘Dinosaur alive’ has a moving replica of a Spinosaurus. This pneumatically operated dinosaur can move its head, hands and tail and roll its eyes at the visitors.
Other attractions are Science on a Sphere, Dinosaur Enclave with mobile app, Wright Brother flyer, Wright Brother flyer simulator, Innovation Hub and Idea lab, Taramandal- an inflatable dome planetarium, Science Show Hall, Auditorium – 250 seating with modern audio video facility, 3 D theatre, Telemedicine facility, V Sat facility for inter museum programmes, Spark Theatre, Mobile Science Exhibition, 11” Clestron Telescope with GPS for night sky observation, Exhibit development workshop and allied facility, Cafeteria space, Lift for accessibility for special visitors.
The museum catches the attention of about one million visitors a year, and it is opened on all days (except Dipawali and Ganesha Chathurthi) from 10 am to 6 pm. Entry Fee for Adult is Rs 40.