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Birla Industrial and Technological Museum

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» Timing - 10.00 to 10.00 - 5.30. (Except Monday)
» Address - 19A, Gurusaday Road,Kolkata
» Display Objects - Models and exhibits on various branches of physical science, industry and technology including original objects.

Birla Industrial and Technological Museum is located at 19A, Gurusaday Road ( at the junction of Gurusaday Rd and Syed Amir Ali Avenue ) at south Kolkata.

About the Museum
Birla Industrial and Technological Museum was established in 1956. It was started by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. It was at the initiative of Dr. B.C. Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, that the House of Birlas donated the building and the adjoining plot of land. This originally belonged to Satyendranath Tagore, the elder brother of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore and was used for setting up a science museum. Since 1978 the museum has come under the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) an autonomous body, set up by the Union Ministry of Education & Culture to administer the museums which were formerly under the CSIR and to develop new science museums in the country. The primary objective of the museum is to arouse scientific curiosity and an understanding of science and technology among the common people, especially the student-community.

It has a large number of exhibits, designed, prepared and fabricated at its own workshop. Galleries cover models showing Electricity, Nuclear Physics, Iron and Steel, Optics, Motive Power, Communication and Mining. The Optics Gallery has since been converted into a Popular Science Gallery. Popular activities of the Museum include films shows, demonstration-lectures, hobby activities, periodical programs of sky-observation through telescopes. Runs several mobile units for the rural areas. Regional Science Museums at Malda and Purulia operate under this body. The museum also has a small 'animalorium' with live snakes, reptiles, rabbits, an aviary and aquariums.

Enchanting Attractions within the Museum :
Underground Mock-up Coal Mine, Rabbit House, Snake Pits, Aquarium, Aviary, Bonsai and Cacti Garden. Television and Scientific film shows are held frequently.

Nearby Attraction
If you are visiting Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, you should not miss Birla Mandir, very close to it.

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