Museums in Bangalore

Government Museum

1. Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum 

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum was built in the honour of Bharat Ratna recipient Sir M Visvesvaraya. Spread over an area of 43000 sq. ft., the area is built in the sylvan surroundings of Cubbon Park and was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, in 1962. The first ever gallery exhibition displayed by the museum was based on the principles of “Electricity” and was open to public visit on the 27th of July, 1965. Designed on the theme of a “Science Museum”, the museum houses four floors dedicated to a scientific discipline each, with the topmost floor converted into a food court.

The outstanding deco of the depository has been inspired by the ancient scientific tools and machinery like Wright Brothers’ Kitty Hawk, flying Stimulator and other similar objects. The backdrop shows surreal pictures and animations of changing the climate, various sea and land dynamics and different planetary positions. The centre has seven permanent gallery displays consisting of copious exhibits of a steam engine, aeroplanes, motor power etc. In addition to this, the museum has a virtual gaming zone, a tiny planetarium and a 3D visual display centre for recreation. The centre aims to promote the importance of science in everyday life by its interactive demonstrations and by conducting experiments.

  • Location:  Near Chinna Swamy Stadium, Kasturba Rd, Ambedkar Veedhi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
  • Timings : 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Time Required : 1 – 2 hrs
  • Entry Fees : General Visitors : INR 50
    Organised school groups : INR 25
    Organised Govt./Municipal school groups : INR 10
    BPL Category on production of valid BPL card : INR 5

2. Government Museum

The Government Museum in Bangalore is counted among the oldest museums in the country. However, it’s not just the rich history of this place that draws visitors, but also the impressive collection of archaeological and geological artefacts, such as sculptures, coins, inscriptions and jewellery.

  • Location: Kasturba Rd, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 20 (adults), ₹ 10 (children)
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Nearest Metro Station/Bus Stand: Cubbon Park Metro Station (1 km)

3. HAL Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum

HAL Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum chronicles the development of the aviation industry and how the aircraft evolved in the past century. It does so through a comprehensive assortment of photographs as well as genuine and model aircraft and parts thereof. Museums may not be your thing, but this one, with its intriguing collection, could very well change your entire outlook.

  • Location: Near HAL Police Station, HAL Old Airport Rd, Marathahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 30
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Nearest Metro Station/Bus Stand: HAL Police Station Bus Stand (700 metres)

4. NIMHANS Brain Museum

NIMHANS Brain Museum is not your run-of-the-mill museum. For years, the place has been collecting, preserving and exhibiting brain specimens for educational and research purposes. It may appear or sound eerie to some people; however, the work that it has done regarding spreading awareness and removing stigma related to neuropsychiatric illnesses is really outstanding.

  • Location: Hosur Main Road, Sattar Layout, Lakkasandra, Laljinagar, Wilson Garden, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560029
  • Entry Fee: N/A
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Nearest Metro Station/Bus Stand/Bus Stand: South End Circle Metro Station (3.1 km), Nimhans Hospital Bus Stand (150 m)