If you just have one day in Bangalore and you want to spend it usefully, just don’t hesitate to visit the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bangalore! This museum is present in the Kasturiba Gandhi road and is near M G Road, Cubbon Park and the Government aquarium. In other museums, you are warned not to touch any of the exhibits. But in this one, you need to touch and interact (at least read) with each of the exhibits, in order to understand it. That’s the biggest advantage and if you have kids studying 6th Standard – College, they will find it even more useful!
Not that older people will not find it interesting. Well, my interest in scientific concepts was definitely piqued up after visiting this museum, like how it did with the G D Naidu Museum in Coimbatore. I was tempted to think – had I visited the museum just before I joined my engineering college, I might have understood the engineering concepts better? Then I realized that the problem I was trying to address was more fundamental
The first section in the ground floor is the ‘Engine Hall’. All the above photos were taken there. A replica of the Wright brother’s first airplane model welcomes you! As the name says, there are so many engine/turbine/boiler models kept in this section. Even the inside of an airplane engine, dissected into various parts was kept there. The above picture shows the model of an early steam engine wagon bought and used in Mazagoan dock.
The next two sections are dinosaur model (and info about the various era’s of dinosaurs like Triassic, Jurassic, etc) and Fun Science. Both these sections are better explained with a video and hence I welcome you to watch a small movie taken by me in these two sections below.
Of course kids were just playing with all the exhibits, but if you have time you can patiently interact with each exhibit (and read about them) to understand it better. These two sections will bring out the inquisitive you!
The next section was about ‘Electro Technique’. It introduces static electricity, AC/DC, generating electricity using a moving coil, generating electricity through wind, biomass, natural gas, solar, geo-thermal, fuel-cells, basics of generators, motors, telephone exchanges, telegraph systems, batteries, etc.
The next section is about the bio-technological revolution. Here, they explain about DNA, DNA fingerprinting, genetics, vaccination, enzymes, gnome sequencing & mapping, fermentation, tissue culture, genetically modified food, cloning, immune system, antibiotics, genetically engineered hormones, genetically modified organisms, food technology, bio-fertilizers, designer babies, etc. Well, that’s a lot of new concepts!
The next section is about, ‘Space – Emerging technology in the service of mankind’. They have represented the ISRO rather well, in this section! There is a separate video series on how rockets are made in ISRO, various stages in the making of launch vehicles and their propellants, etc. There are demonstration models of geo-synchronous satellites (among others), so that we can understand how these satellites move and coordinate with each other. There is a separate section on the food/dress used by astronauts.
The next section is about ‘Children’s science’ and ‘Rivers’. Here they explain about the basics of sound, musical instruments, how shadow is used to determine the time (with a working demonstration), colours (and their mixing), basics of electric circuits, rivers, ancient civilizations around rivers, dams (and problems due to them), inter-linking of rivers (and if they are safe), ten longest rivers, etc.
The next section is about ‘Electronics’. I am not sure if they really put in 42 million transistors to show that P4 processor packs as many in a small chip! Otherwise, this section explains about the basics of diodes, triodes, transistors and other such electronic items. It also explains fiber communication, mobile communications, RADAR and virtual reality.
Even if one spends a whole day, its impossible to understand all the concepts explained in this museum. Since I am a naturally inquisitive person, I might discuss about certain scientific concepts explained in this museum (including more details), individually. Some scientific concepts seem to change the way we live, or the way we might live in future. And all this is happening around us without us having the slightest knowledge about them!