Bengaluru has the famous Vishveshwaraiah technological museum, Government Musuem and the HAL heritage museum, as hallmarks of the technical, architectural and arts prowess of this city.
Visveshwaraya Industrial & Technological Museum
This museum is a tribute to the brilliance of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, one of the architects of modern Karnataka. Walk through this building to get an idea of working models of different machines. One of the specialties of the museum is the mobile science exhibition which tours the state the whole year round.
Vishweshwaraiah Technological MuseumIt displays an airplane and a steam engine in its compound. There is a comprehensive range of exhibits on electronics, motor power, computer science and the uses and properties of wood and metal. Visitors who have a deep interest in popular science can work on some of the exhibits here.
Seminars, demonstrations and film shows on scientific subjects are organized periodically. The highlight of the museum is the five galleries: Engine hall, Electronic Technology Gallery, Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery, Popular Science Gallery and Children's' Science Gallery.
Location: It is located on Kasturba Road Bangalore (Bengaluru), next to the Cubbon Park and State Government Musuem.
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM all days except National Holidays
Government Museum & Venkatappa Art Gallery
Government Museum BangaloreThe Government Museum is a beautiful 1877 structure with Corinthian columns. Being one of the oldest museums in the country, this museum boasts an exquisite collection of coins, sculptures, inscriptions, old paintings and excavated items.
The Venkatappa Art Gallery adjacent to the Museum is named after Late K. Venkatappa, a noted artist. You will find a selection of his famous paintings, Plaster of Paris works and wooden sculptures. Also on view are works of various contemporary artists.
Location: Kasturba Road, Bangalore - 560001
Venkatappa Gallery Phone: +(91)-(80)-22864483, 22863737
How to reach: Both Government Museum & Vishweshwariah Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery are located on Kasturba Road. This is very close to the down-town areas of MG Road, St Marks Road and Brigade Road.
HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum
This is located in the HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.) buildings on Airport Road. It is only one of the three aviation museums in India.
The musuem has replicas of aircrafts that have been used by the Indian Defence Forces and other plans and HAL aircraft museum Bangalorehelicopters that HAL has been involved with. You could also take a look a photographs that captures India's growth in the aviation sector over many years since it began.
You could also purchase art memoribilia, postcards and photographs in the souvenier shop run by the museum.
Fees: Rs 20 for Indian and foreign nationals. Cameras - Rs 25
Timings: Open on all weekdays between 09:00 AM to 5:00 PM except National Holidays and Indian Festivals
Holidays: All Mondays and National Holidays closed
HAL Aerospace Museum
Bangalore 560 017
How to reach there: You could take buses plying from Majestic Bus Stand or Shivaji Nagar going towards Bangalore Old Airport. You can take an Auto from there to the Museum which is about 2 kilometers away.