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Best Museums in Bengaluru

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The Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum was an initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Culture, and was set up in 1960 as an independent entity supported by the National Council for Science Museums. The museum is named after Sir Visvesvaraya, the great engineer who has to his credit the KRS dam and Mysore University to name a few. The museum focuses mainly on science and has exhibits that trace the history of engines, biotechnological revolution, dinosaur exhibits, and science for children. It has shows like the fascinating Taramandal Show which is popular and has a separate entry fee. There is also a small store within the premises that sells scientific toys for children. The museum is a fun place to stop at with the family.

The Government Museum is an initiative of the Karnataka State Government to preserve the archaeological excavations retrieved from the southern regions of India. The display here consists of interesting pottery pieces, curios, metal coins, musical instruments, and also stone idols of Gods and Goddesses. The premises are well-maintained and the gardens pruned to an impossible perfection. The red building with its majestic columns form a vital aspect to its structure and is an architectural feat from the late 19th Century. On giving prior notice, entry for school students is free. The Government Museum is situated on the Kasturba Road near Cubbon Park. Call ahead before visiting, as the museum is closed on government holidays, Mondays and second Saturdays.

The first museum in India dedicated to aircraft and aviation, the Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum at HAL takes visitors on a delightful journey through the country's aviation history. Headquartered in Bengaluru, HAL, which stands for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been a pioneering government agency which has changed the aviation landscape of India. The museum, located close to the Hindustan Airport, has a sterling collection of photographs and memorabilia which chart HAL's progress from its inception in 1940 to become the pillar for the country's aerospace programs. Experiencing flight in a high-tech simulator is one of the most exciting experiences that visitors can have here. Also of special note is the display of an actual aircraft within the premises. The museum guarantees unique experiences and should not be missed when in the city.

Named after Kempegowda, the founder of Bengaluru, the Kempegowda Museum explores the local history and culture of the city. Established in 2011, the museum has a great collection of paintings, old maps, statues and photographs documenting the history, attractions, architecture and development of the city. Still under expansion. the government museum was setup to honor the founder who set up four towers, that marked the boundaries of this quaint town.

Bengaluru's Madras Sappers Museum has been a city landmark since the year 1979 and was formally opened by Lieutenant General and Sappers' Colonel Commandant P.R. Puri. The museum traces the chronology of one of Indian Army's oldest cadres of Corps of Engineers. Various exhibits at the museum portray the regiment's past, accomplishments and other key events. Medals, cadre uniforms and other memorabilia are also on display here.

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