Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum Bengaluru
Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum (VITM) Bengaluru, is the first science museum in the southern region which was opened on 27.07.1965. Since then this museum has been a hub of science activities in the city. The museum has large number of exhibits and it organizes activities for all ages, which includes general public, students, teachers and professionals etc.
The museum has 8 interactive galleries and other facilities like Science on a Sphere, Wright Brother’s Simulator, the Dinosaurs Corner, a full fledged Auditorium, Taramandal (inflatable planetarium), 3D film shows and Public Science shows apart from special demonstrations in the exhibition galleries.
The museum also operates a Mobile Science Exhibition Bus, which extensively tours the rural areas for taking science to those who cannot reach the museum. The museum does not have anything like “do not touch”. The exhibits and activities are hands on and minds on and in several cases provide immersive experience. VITM is a strong tourist destination and has got something for all.
The museum has an Innovation Hub where students and people of all ages can come and work on their creative ideas for converting them into possible innovative products. The museum is recognised as an apt place for students to enjoy learning science in an out of school ambience.
Galleries and Facilities (Education and Entertainment):
|1. Engine hall|
|The hall has interactive exhibits to explore the principles of Simple machines, mechanisms, drives, prime sources of power, engines and their working, transfer of energy and the 1:1 replica of Wright Brothers flyer supported with the first ever Wright Brothers’ flyer simulator. The gallery has several artifacts which adds to the educational and historical value of the display.|
|2. How Things Work gallery|
|Machines help us to reduce effort, enhance the delivery time, and produce repeatedly the same product with no variation and many more advantages. We use them without realizing its presence around us. The exhibits in the gallery explain fundamentals and working of some of the basic machines through interactive exhibits. Exhibits on Pulley system, Gears, different ways of transferring motion, reducing effort by levers, inclined plane, screw etc. introduces the visitors to the story of simple machines. Another section deals with the application of these simple machines in our daily life. Ever wondered! How a Ball point pen works, the zipper that we use in almost all our clothes and covers etc.? Understand these through interactive exhibits.|
|3. Electrotechnic gallery|
|This gallery brings ahead the principles of electricity & magnetism, Generation of electricity, Static electricity, Evolution of computers and several other concepts in this field in an interactive way. The Spark Theater with live demonstrations using Van de graph generator and several other static electricity devices is an spectacular interactive show for visitors of all age groups .|
|4. Fun Science gallery|
|This gallery is focused towards bringing some of the basic principles of science and technology in an interactive way. The science experienced in daily life is brought out with a fun element. This gallery is also acts as a resource to supplement science education in the school. Natural and manmade phenomenons are appreciated by interacting with exhibits through fun and entertainment.|
|5. Space-Emerging Technology in the service of mankind gallery|
|It has always been an amazing when one hears about the experiences of astronauts and space scientists. This gallery has exhibits related to the science of Flight Mechanics, Rocket launching etc. A working exhibit explains how satellites are launched. Several type of rockets and satellites, space applications, milestones in space technology & space theatre form the part of the gallery. Mangalyaan, Chandrayaan etc. are added to keep the efforts of India in Space updated.|
|6. Biotechnological Revolution gallery|
|The gallery brings out the complex science of genetics and biotechnology is an interactive mode. It starts by explaining the science of Cells, Mendel’s experiment, Genetics, Human Genome project etc. The genetic wheel and the application of Biotechnology in different fields that are directly benefiting the mankind are also explained here. Tissue culture, Gene splicing, Restriction enzymes, and Electrophoresis and many more biotechnological concepts are explained with Interactive exhibits and exciting gallery demonstrations.|
|7. BEL Hall of Electronics gallery|
|Explore the basics of Electronics, Chip Manufacturing process, Application of Semiconductor devises, Bar codes, Electronics in communication, application of electronics in different fields, electronics theatre etc. A Tele Medicine corner allows the visitors to directly talk to the doctors of some top hospitals, live through the satellite and get the medical advice. Exhibits on virtual reality, robots, GPS etc. add effect to the gallery.|
|8. Science for Children|
|An exclusive gallery for young children to play and develop their cognitive, problem solving, exploring skills through numerous educational toys, jigsaw puzzles, optical and audio aids etc..|
|9. Science On A Sphere|
|A large spherical visualization system that uses multimedia projections to display animated data onto the exterior of a sphere converting it into an immersive animated globe that shows dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land area of a planet. It is an innovative and powerful teaching tool to enhance informal education on earth, climate change etc. and transform the public perception to effectively implement conservation measures of the earth. It is the first of its kind in the country.|
|10. Wright Brothers Simulator|
|VITM provides an immersive and entertaining experience through a unique exhibit The Wright brothers’ flyer simulator.The flight simulator allows visitors to virtually fly and experience how Wright brothers flew their aeroplane? The simulator has true environment of Kitty Hawk with sand dunes in North Carolina where the Wright brothers flew their first flight. It makes the true sound of Wright brother’s flyer which had two propellers driven by petrol engines. This is the first such facility in Asia.|
|11. Dinosaur Corner and Dino app|
|Dinosaurs were diverse group of animals that first appeared during the Triassic period, about 231.4 million years ago. They were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for 135 million years.Spinosauraus was a huge animal from North America, measuring 12 metre long and weighing 4 to 5 tonnes. It had tall rod like bones on its back, which might have been covered with skin, like a ‘sail’ which is a reminiscence of the giant reptiles that ruled the world during Jurassic period.Enjoy the movement and sound of a true size animated Spinosauraus in a recreated environment of Triassic period.A Dino App can be downloaded in the smart phone and when the phone is pointed towards the dinosaur, another Dinosaur comes alive on the phone screen that moves and growls.|
|12. Idea Lab and Innovation Hub|
|‘Innovation Hub and Idea Lab’ facility has been set up with an intention to provide an open platform to the young people to engage in innovative and creative activities and experiment with their innovative ideas. The objectives of this set up is to engage the youth in creative hobbies and activities in science and technology, to promote their critical thinking and practical problem solving skills, to support innovative ideas and build them to come to fruition and to recognize, encourage and facilitate local innovations in S&T etc. The facility is open to people of all ages. There is a token annual membership fee which allows access to the facility on all days through the week especially on weekends. The museum provides material and mentor support for viable innovative projects. The Innovation hub houses Innovation Resource Centre, Innovative multidisciplinary laboratories including biotech, robotics and nanotechnology. Robotics & Microprocessor Programming Facility, Intel Galileo chip corner, Break & Remake area, Build from Scraps area, Real life problem identification & solution finding section, carrying out investigative projects.|
Educational and outreach activities:
|An inflatable dome planetarium having seating capacity of 30 allows the visitors to experience and explore the night sky – stars, constellations, zodiacal constellations, diurnal motion of planets etc. This show is interactive unlike a regular planetarium show. The narrator is available to the visitors to answer questions and visitors are required to do some hands on activity as well making astronomy interesting.|
|2. 3-D film|
|The show on “Monsters from Deep” is screened throughout the day at regular timings. The story of the film leads to the depths of the sea to encounter the prehistoric sea creatures that ruled during the dinosaur era, in addition to the stormy sea, full of flying fanged fishes and huge sea monsters with long necks & toothy mouths. Experience the wonders of oceans in three dimensions. The film is changed once every year during June/July.|
|3. Science shows|
|Witness, perform and be a part of exciting science shows on ‘Science is Fun’, ‘Unexpected Science’, ‘Liquid Air’. ‘The Wild spirit’, ‘Marvels of Sound’ etc.|
|4. Science Demonstration lecture (SDL)|
|Open to the school groups this program discusses the curriculum based topics like ‘Vibrations’, ‘Basics of Electricity & Magnetism’, ‘Acids-Bases and Salts’, ‘Color chemistry’, & ‘Basics Electronics’ etc.. Each concept is supported with demonstration making understanding easy.|
|5. Science Film shows|
|Science based film shows are organized in the museum auditorium at regular intervals and also on request by the school groups.|
|6. Vacation Creative Ability Centre programmes|
|For utilizing the vacation period constructively the museum organizes vacation hobby centre programs in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biosciences, Electronics, and Astronomy etc. for the school students. The children are exposed to handling tools and design, develop and fabricate science models and experiments which they carry back after the program.|
|7. Commemorative and Special Events|
|The museum organizes several commemorative events spread throughout the year like the National Science Day, National Technology day, Environment Day, World Heritage day, International Museums day, Birth anniversaries of scientists, World Health day etc. In addition Science Seminars, Science Drama Contests, Southern India Science Fair, District Science Quiz etc. are also organized. Special sponsored events like the National Safety Science Quiz, Storytelling events, Gallery spaces for science learning etc. are organized annually.|
|8. Mobile Science Exhibition Bus|
|The museum operates a Mobile Science Exhibition which takes the message of science to those who cannot reach the museum. The Mobile unit carries exhibitions on a specific science theme and visits the rural schools.. The exhibition is supported with Science Demonstration Lectures for the students, evening sky observation program through a telescope, science film shows and depending upon the availability of space and time, workshop for teachers and students in developing science teaching kits using low cost locally available materials.|
The Museum is open on all days through the week (between 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM) except on Deepavali and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Schools can book in advance special package programme for a group of 150 students. The package consists of Gallery visits, Science Demonstration/Science Show, Taramandal show & 3-D show.
Plan in advance to experience, cherish & make your visit memorable.