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Visweswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum.
The museum was instituted as part of the centenary celebrations of the engineer-statesman Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1861–1962). It was handed over to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 1962. In 1978 when National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) was formed, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum became its southern head quarters. The Council has a chain of 28 centers spread all over India. The objective of the Council is to popularize science through interactive exhibits.Visvesvaraya Museum is not a 'museum' in its classical sense, because it has interactive exhibits unlike stationary models of a museum. It is more of a "Science center".
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. 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.
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.
Timings to visit the museum are between 10 am to 5.30 pm and it remains closed on Mondays.