Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath has a unique collection of traditional paintings, leather puppets and artifacts showcasing the visual and cultural heritage of Karnataka since its inception in 1960 in the heart of Bengaluru. It has been successfully representing its role to exhibit and institutionalize and hence initiate art activities and education about postcolonial, subaltern and alternative art practices with respect to the global platform. The Parishath has a graphic studio, sculpture studio and an open-air theatre. The majority of the works on display belong to the students of the Parishath.
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath has 13 galleries with some of very fascinating and rare collections. The galleries consist of the collections ranging from traditional Mysore paintings, leather puppets, sculptures and Russian artists Roerich’s works. Among the other collections Kejriwal, Kukke, and Krishna Reddy collections are noteworthy. This is one of the premier fine art institutions in the country.
Its activities extend to dance performances, folk theatre, photography exhibitions, puppet shows and musical recitals. It also holds workshops, artists’ camps and demonstrations.
Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road, Opposite to Sindhi High School, Seshadripuram, Bengaluru.
10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Rs. 10 per person
Gandhi Bhavan, Bengaluru is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The Bhavan was set up with the intention of promoting the life and teachings of Gandhiji. Situated on the Kumara Krupa Road, Gandhi Bhawan was started as Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi (GSN), under the
chairmanship of Dr Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. The main attraction of Gandhi Bhavan consists of a comprehensive picture gallery, displaying the entire life of Mahatma Gandhi.
The gallery has photographs of Mahatma Gandhi, from early childhood to the last day of his life. Apart from that, copies of the letters written by him to the various personalities of his time are also held in reserve. Presently, the Gandhi Bhavan serves as the venue for public meetings organized on Gandhian values. The area of the museum is 6000 sq. ft and it also houses a library and a Khadi Emporium in it.
Kumara Park East, Seshadripuram, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
The State Government museum which is also an Archeological Museum, is one of the oldest in India, it was built in 1876 by Colonel Sankey. Located within the Cubbon Park, it is similar in design to the Attara Kacheri in its architectural style and colour. While the original collection in the museum belonged to Benjamin L. Rice of the Mysore Gazetteer, the museum has antiquities from Mohenjadaro period, specimens of Vijayanagar and Halebid architecture, ancient coins and stone inscriptions that are 5000 years old.
Kasturba Road, Bengaluru
10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m
Mondays, second Saturdays and notified Government Holidays
Rs. 4 for Adults, Rs. 2 for Students
About 50 Kms away from Bangalore is Jaanapada Loka. A very interesting museum and space for folk art, dance, songs and stories of state of Karnataka. There are many artifacts that introduces one to the life, art, culture and history of Karnataka.
It is also a research center for all types of folk art form, there are training workshops and residence programs for artists, a library apart from the museum.
Bangalore - Mysore Highway, State Highway 17, Ramanagar District, Doddamannugudde Forest, Karnataka 562159
9 AM - 5:30 PM
This is a newly built museum (2011) is dedicated to the founder of the city of Bangalore, Kempegowda. It is presently located in Mayo Hall.
The displays are of Kempegowda and his work for the city, other rulers of his Yelahanka dynasty, and how Bangalore city evolved.
Field Marshal Cariappa Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
10 AM to 5 PM
Madras Sappers Museum & Archives
Madras Sappers Museum & Archives, inaugurated in 1979, showcases the history of the Madras Engineer Group (called the Sappers, established in 1803). The Madras Sappers are the oldest regiment of the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. The museum chronicles their history and achievements and houses armoury used by the regiment, medals, their attire and a sports gallery. Many interesting facts can be found at the Madras Sappers Museum and Archives of the MEG and Centre. By preserving the events of MEG’s two-century long history, the museum has managed to maintain records related to Bengaluru and Karnataka.
MEG Centre, Ulsoor
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The colonial period bungalow once belonged to the royal family of Mysore, from whom it came to a mine owner Raja Manikyavelu Mudaliar. The bunglow and its grounds have been maintained and successfully adapted into the National Gallery for Modern Art since 2009.
49, Palace Road, Manikyavelu Mansion
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mondays and Public Holidays
Rs. 10 for India Adults, Rs. 1 for Indian Students, Rs. 150 for Non-Indians
NIMHANS Brain Museum
NIMHANS Brain Museum showcases the human brain and its functions. It is located at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) and is run by its department of neuropathology. The Museum seeks to help visitors see the brain, understand how it works and get an insight into the kind of diseases that can affect it. The museum has a diverse collection of over 600 brain samples and is the result of over 30 years of research.
26/14, 3rd Main Rd, Sattar Layout, Lakkasandra, Laljinagar, Wilson Garden, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560029
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE) is devoted to science popularisation and non formal science education. In addition to administering Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, BASE has established a Science Centre in the Planetarium. The Science Centre serves as a nucleus for non-formal science education at all levels. The activities of the Science Centre, along with those of the Planetarium, have made Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE) a unique institution for dissemination of science with diverse activities ranging from sky-theatre shows, science exhibitions and lectures and workshops for Science Teachers and Students.
Mondays and Second Tuesday are holidays
Adults - Rs.50/-
School Students/Children - Rs.30/- (upto 16 years)
NOTE: Children below 3 years are not allowed inside the Sky-theatre.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium), Bangalore, was established in 1989 by the Bangalore City Corporation, now known as the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The administration of the planetarium was entrusted to Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE) which was formed in 1992. BASE is an Autonomous Body which is registered under Karnataka Societies' Registration Act. It is principally supported by annual grants from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka.
The BASE Governing Council consists of eminent scientists and educationists and senior officials of the Government of Karnataka.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Bangalore Association for Science Education,
Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds,
Bangalore - 560 001
Land Mark: Opp. Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, Near Raj Bhavan.
The Philatelic Museum in Bengaluru displays rare stamps and articles. After a recent renovation an artists’ corner,
Amphitheatre and a reference library has been made to bring the visitors closer to know about Indian Post, from past to present.
The museum is very well maintained and it has hundreds of stamps of different countries, denominations. There are stamps of all sizes and shapes and of different periods.
No. 253, Museum Road, Near-Indian Post Office, Museum Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Sundays and General Holidays
Rangoli Metro Art Center
This is a well-designed public space in and around the Namma Metro station at the M.G Road developed by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL).
Rangoli Metro Art Center includes art galleries, auditorium, open area for exhibitions and workshops, info wall, play area for kids, walk-way etc.
MG Road Boulevard,
MG Road Metro Station, near Anil Kumble Circle, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
11 AM to 7:30 PM
Shashwati Women's Museum
The Shashwati Women's Museum at the N.M.K.R.V. College, founded by the great educator/scholar C.N. Mangala. It showcases arts and artifacts depicting the life of women in India though the ages. Artifacts include tools women used for household chores, examples of women's art, handicrafts, ornaments, and means of infant care.
NMKRV College, Jayanagar
10 a.m. to 5 p.m
The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
India's first aerospace museum was established in 2001 to showcase the growth of it's aeronautical history and that of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) since its inception in 1940s. The museum is at HAL campus and is managed by them.
There are many models of aircraft and helicopters along with aircraft engine models. One can experience flying an aircraft in the flight simulators and get a panoramic view of the take off and landing of planes at the HAL airport.
Varthur Main Rd, Marathahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037
9 AM to 5 PM
080 2231 8341
Venkatappa Art Gallery
Located on Kasturba Road, next to the Government Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery has collections of more than 600 paintings of world renowned artists.
This art gallery is named after the famous painter K Venkatappa, who comes from a family of painters. His collections of paintings occupies the ground floor of the gallery while other famous artists like MF Hussain, NS Bendre, Hanumaiah, Vasudev, Rekha Rao, and Yusuf Arakkal occupy the first floor. On the second floor one gets to see the work of KK Hebbar.
Rs. 4 for adults, Rs. 2 for children
080 2286 4483
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum (VITM) Bengaluru, is the first science museum in the southern region which was opened on 27.07.1965. Since then this museum has been a hub of science activities in the city. The museum has large number of exhibits and it organizes activities for all ages, which includes general public, students, teachers and professionals etc.
The museum has 8 interactive galleries and other facilities like Science on a Sphere, Wright Brother’s Simulator, the Dinosaurs Corner, a full fledged Auditorium, Taramandal (inflatable planetarium), 3D film shows and Public Science shows apart from special demonstrations in the exhibition galleries.
The museum also operates a Mobile Science Exhibition Bus, which extensively tours the rural areas for taking science to those who cannot reach the museum. The museum does not have anything like “do not touch”. The exhibits and activities are hands on and minds on and in several cases provide immersive experience. VITM is a strong tourist destination and has got something for all.
The museum has an Innovation Hub where students and people of all ages can come and work on their creative ideas for converting them into possible innovative products. The museum is recognised as an apt place for students to enjoy learning science in an out of school ambience.
The Museum is open on all days through the week (between 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM) except on Deepavali and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Experience all that VITM has to offer in the best way possible—as a member!
Members enjoy incredible privileges all year long, including unlimited free admission, private exhibition previews and daily viewing hours, discounted admission tickets for guests, valuable discounts at the VITM Stores and cafés, and so much more.
Most importantly, your membership provides critical support to the incredible exhibitions, conservation projects, and education programs that bring our mission to life.
If you prefer to join or renew by mail, please download a membership application form. Join or renew your membership at the Member Services desk at the Museum seven days a week, 10 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Call us at (888) 999-8861 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.
The Executive Committee of VITM invites you to share the dream of the Museum and contribute to the creation of a Corpus fund. The annual returns of the Corpus Fund will be used for giving away prizes for various competitive events organised by the museum.
Apart from sponsorship of competitive programmes, the following areas are also available for sponsorship.
a.Any permanent exhibition gallery as a whole.
b.Any particular section or exhibit in any permanent exhibition gallery.
What a Sponsor would get ?
Due credit will be given to the sponsor at the time of organising the events for a period of ten years.
Exclusive sponsorship of any competitive programme is available which includes organisational expenditure as well as prize amount. Such events will be named after the sponsor for that particular year.
080 2286 6200
Must see galleries and facilities in the museum
1. Engine hall : The hall has interactive exhibits to explore the principles of Simple machines, mechanisms, drives, prime sources of power, engines and their working, transfer of energy and the 1:1 replica of Wright Brothers flyer supported with the first ever Wright Brothers’ flyer simulator. The gallery has several artifacts which adds to the educational and historical value of the display.
2. Science On A Sphere: VITM9 A large spherical visualization system that uses multimedia projections to display animated data onto the exterior of a sphere converting it into an immersive animated globe that shows dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land area of a planet. It is an innovative and powerful teaching tool to enhance informal education on earth, climate change etc. and transform the public perception to effectively implement conservation measures of the earth. It is the first of its kind in the country.
3. Dinosaur Corner and Dino app: VITM11A Dinosaurs were diverse group of animals that first appeared during the Triassic period, about 231.4 million years ago. They were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for 135 million years.Spinosauraus was a huge animal from North America, measuring 12 metre long and weighing 4 to 5 tonnes. It had tall rod like bones on its back, which might have been covered with skin, like a ‘sail’ which is a reminiscence of the giant reptiles that ruled the world during Jurassic period.Enjoy the movement and sound of a true size animated Spinosauraus in a recreated environment of Triassic period.A Dino App can be downloaded in the smart phone and when the phone is pointed towards the dinosaur, another Dinosaur comes alive on the phone screen that moves and growls.
P. B. No. 5216, Kasturba Road, Beside Karnataka State Government Museum
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Woods Museum and Interpretation Centre
Woods Museum and Interpretation Centre (WMIC) is housed within the Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. This Museum provides information and details of all aspects of wood as a material and importance of wood science and technology. The WMIC is unconventionally structured and strongly deviates from being merely a storehouse of artifacts. It aims to educate the common man on the science of wood, on the fact that wood is not just a carpenter’s material and the usage of wood would help in creating a sustainable future and tiding over the climate crisis.
Institute of Wood Science and Technology, 18th Cross, Malleshwaram
9.00 am To 5.00 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and other Public Holidays