Spend a day at the Museum to expose your child’s curious mind to more than just smartphones and televisions.
In the age that our kids are growing up, even the magic behind touch phones & tablets is taken for granted. However, nothing stops their curious minds from exploring beyond Angry Birds and the likes. Head for our very own Museum, where they have laid out a whole bag of tricks to get the kids to have fun while getting a feel of science and technology. It certainly is enough to get them to look beyond the mere small screen for entertainment…
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
The museum is located in the heart of the city, on Kasturba Road. The location is very convenient with parking being the last of your worries.
From the outside it does look like a small compact structure but there is an ample amount of space for the kids to run around and explore at their leisure with absolutely no restrictions on movement or sound. The staff is very welcoming and helpful, and have a good judgement of what would interest you and your little one.
We were particularly impressed with the accessibility features of the museum. Whether it’s a wheelchair or a pram/ stroller for infants, the sloping entrance makes it very easy to navigate.
The name ‘Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum’ does come across as something forbidding or even sound a little boring, but, surprise of surprises, it has enough to keep your child entertained for at least half a day. The exhibits at the museum are designed to engage kids with ‘science’ through fun and exploration.
Most exhibits are displayed at eye level for kids to experiment with.
Why kids will love it
The highlight of the museum, especially for the younger ones is the life-size robotic dinosaur “Spinosaurus”. The movement and roars of this robotic animal will surely catch the little one unaware.
Besides this, there were a few simple exhibits that were displayed that caught our eye, the floating ball, whispering dish, the magical tap, formation of the tornado; and a huge piano on the floor where kids can dance around to their own tunes.
The Engine Hall on the ground floor exhibits engines of a jet plane, train and many more. The museum also proudly exhibits the full-scale model of the 1903 flyer of the Wright Brothers.
The 20 minute 3D documentary about extinct deep-sea animals (screenings through the day) is worth checking out if you have the time to spare.
Each floor of the Museum has a small stall that sells, book, encyclopedias and small DIY experiments that kids can take home with them.
Why you’ll love it
What’s better than seeing your child busy for a few hours, all this with minimal effort of yours. Secondly, the museum caters to all ages, so there’s something for everyone to discover and learn. They have a small puzzle that they hand out at the entrance, that keeps you engaged while the kids are busy being adventurous they also promise a small gift if you get it all right.
The entry ticket costs around Rs.30/- and kids below 5 years are free. The cost for the 3D show is around Rs. 20/- per person.
- If you’re heading there in the first half we suggest you be there by at least 11:00 am so you have enough time to cover the museum before your child gets hungry. Carry a water bottle for your little one and preferably comfortable shoes for there’s a lot to see and requires a lot of walking around.
- They also hold workshops for older kids from the age of 12 years and above, you can find all the details about it on their website.
- Cafeteria: They have a cafeteria on the 3rd floor with the usual samosas and sandwiches which you could totally avoid. You’ll be better off bringing along a homemade snack with you.