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A museum is a place where Time is transformed into Space – Orhan Pamuk
Best Museums in Bangalore
Museums wonderfully blend the past and present! Bangalore has an interesting array of museums including art, history, archaeology, philately, science, and technology.
Here are the best museums to visit in Bangalore:
The Government Museum is one of the oldest museums in the country, established in 1865. Spread over two floors, it is split up into 18 galleries dedicated to archaeological and geological artifacts and several other artifacts that date back 5000 years.
Venkatappa Art Gallery is located just next to the Government Museum and houses an impressive collection of artworks by the famous artists of Karnataka like K. Venkatappa and KK Hebbar.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is spread over close to 7000 sq. meters. This science museum is divided into various exhibition galleries, all of which are dedicated to marvels of science — be it biotechnology, or electromechanics. The museum has a special children’s gallery with interesting scientific exhibits to help them learn about science through play. There is a science show hall and a 3D theatre and has year-round activities like a sky observation programme, Taramandal show, science lectures and science demonstration shows.
The HAL Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum documents the history and growth of the Indian Aviation industry. The museum’s showcases helicopters, aircraft, fighter planes, a flight simulator and a mock Air Traffic control tower.
Janapada Loka recreates Karnataka’s diverse folk like! This 15-acre open-air museum that is located on the Bangalore-Mysore highway and showcases traditional objects like puppets, costumes, lifestyle, literature, sculpture, festivals, dance and music and even weapons!
National Gallery of Modern Art
National Gallery of Modern Art houses modern Indian Art and paintings by well-known artists, including Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma, and Amrita Sher-Gil. It has more than 500 works of art by modern and contemporary artists on display.
The NIMHANS Brain Museum is part of the National Institute of Health and Neurosciences and is one of a kind! There are nearly 600 brain specimens are on display. From animal to human brains, you’ll find it all in the bottles and jars here.
The Philatelic Museum is a repository of rare stamps from different periods, countries, shapes and sizes with about 600 magazines and books on philately and Indian postal paraphernalia on display. The museum documents the past and present of Indian post and the development of stamps. This is situated on the first floor of the General Post Office.
Amma Saraswati Loka is a quaint self-made museum located in Banashankari 2nd stage. This museum features nearly 50 exhibits in a hall about 1,600 sq. ft. in size. This is a unique museum that is open to all, free of charge and is especially popular with schoolchildren and teachers looking at explaining science beyond the books. If you wish to visit PD Ravindra’s museum, call him on 9482514883. Entry is free but you need to make a prior appointment.
Gandhi Bhavan was set up with the intention of promoting the life and teachings of Gandhiji, under the chairmanship of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. Gandhi Bhavan consists of a vast picture gallery, displaying the entire life of Mahatma Gandhi, with images from Gandhi’s childhood to his last days, along with photocopies of the letters that he wrote during his lifetime.
Located on the first floor of Mayo Hall, the museum is dedicated to Yelahanka Chieftain Kempegowda (1513- 1569), who is considered to have been the founder of the city of Bangalore. An interesting feature of the museum is its glassed floor, which has a print of an 18th-century map running all through it.
Manjushree Heritage Museum of Packaging and Design showcases the evolution of packaging in the 20th Century. You can find curious collectibles from yesteryears displayed in pristine condition like Gramophone records of Lata Mangeshkar packed in a two-color printed paperboard, a tin case of Cadbury Fry chocolate and many others.
Wood Museum and Interpretation Centre at Malleshwaram showcases wood and traces the centrality of wood to civilizations. Displays include a 780-year-old giant tree trunk and wooden tools. You can also learn and understand how wood from different trees are different in weight and learn about seeds. Detailed posters throughout the exhibit present trivia and facts about wood.
Shashwati Women’s Museum, located within N.M.K.R.V. College showcases arts and artifacts depicting the life of women in India through the ages. Displays include tools used by women for household chores, examples of women’s art, handicrafts, ornaments, and means of infant care.
Legends Motorcycling Cafe and Museum
A paradise for motorcycle aficionados, this innovative cafe displays 20 plus vintage motorcycles from around the world. You can meet, gaze at the motorcycles on display, and also enjoy some food!