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Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum(VITM) Bangalore


Bengaluru, May 9 (UITV) -

Location - Near Chinna Swamy Stadium, Kasturba Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Opened on - 11 November 1962
Collections - Industrial Products and Engines
Area - 4,000 square metres
Opening hours - Opens on all days except Ganesha Chathurthi and Deepavali festival.
Present Director - K. Madangopal
Best time to visit - In the morning in a group of family/friends.

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum was opened on 14 July 1962 by the first Indian Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and is a part of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and was established in the memory of Bharat Ratna awardee Sir M. Visvesvaraya. It is located in the heart of the city just 5 km away from the city railway station and Kempegowda Bus Station and surrounded by Cubbon Park. The first gallery set up at VITM on the theme Electricity was opened to the public on 27 July 1965 by the then Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting & Bharat Ratna Indira Gandhi.

It is an excellent place to visit for school children and adults who have an interest in science and technology. VITM has always striven to fulfill its objectives of stimulating interest in science education among children and adults alike and to encourage them to pursue a career in pure sciences and organizes several activities that are a supplement to the school’s science education like Science Demonstration Lectures, Hobby Centres, Sky Observation Programmes, Popular Science Lectures, Teachers Training Programmes, etc., for the benefit of students and new programs like Science Fairs, Science Seminars, Planetarium Programmes, Science Drama Festival, Story Telling and Special programs in commemoration of achievements in science and technology. The museum has separate departments like Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics, Space, etc. and departments are equipped with their respective components, in addition, it has VITM has 7 permanent exhibition galleries titled Engine Hall, Fun Science, Electrotechnical, Space Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind, Biotechnological Revolution, BEL Hall of Electronics and Children Science.

Usually, it takes 2 to 3 hours to roam all around the museum, the cumulative visitor’s count has crossed more than 4 crores for the past 50 years. Try to visit in groups and in the morning as the museum starts getting crowded post lunchtime. VITM organizes various activities for the visitors and students from time to time. For detailed information visit https://vismuseum.gov.in/act.html.

Popular Places nearby - Cubbon Park, UB City Mall, M Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium, Vidhana Soudha,  High Court of Karnataka.

By Shashikant Chaurasia