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