7 Museums you must visit in Bangalore

Few realise that culturally speaking Bangalore (or should we say, Bengaluru?) has a rich history — and its well preserved museums are a testament to that. If history intrigues you even by the slightest, these are the seven best museums you must visit in Bangalore!

Renowned for its balmy weather, Bangalore has transformed into an IT hub and is home to many multinational companies today. Few realise, however, that culturally speaking, too, Bangalore (or should we say, Bengaluru?) has a rich history — its well preserved museums are a testament to that. If history intrigues you even by the slightest, these are the seven best museums you must visit in Bangalore!


1. Government Museum

One of the oldest museums in India, the Government Museum building has been used in various ways in its 150 years of existence — including spells as a jail and a tamasha ghar. Today, though, the museum harbours scores of archaeological artefacts, which include rare coins, relics, and as many as 70 paintings and 84 sculptures.

And oh, be sure to check Venkatappa Art Gallery in the vicinity too. It’s gorgeous!

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What you can’t miss
  • Artefacts from Mohenjodaro
Visiting Hours
  • 10 am to 5 pm; Closed on Wednesdays.
Admission Fee
  • Rs. 40

Government Museum


2. HAL Aerospace Museum

Established in 2001, the HAL Aerospace Museum was built to showcase the terrific growth in the Indian aviation industry over the past few decades. The museum showcases various models of planes as well as mock air traffic control drills. It is a part of the HAL Cultural and Aero Space Museum, and is run by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, one of the biggest players in the Aerospace field in Asia.

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What you can’t miss
  • The various prototypes of fighter planes!
Visiting Hours
  • Tue to Sun, 9 am to 5 pm
Admission Fee
  • Rs. 30; Additional Rs. 10 for a camera

HAL Aerospace Museum | Image Resource : lilbunnyrabbitz.com


3. Janapada Folk Museum

OK, some might argue that it isn’t situated exactly in Bangalore, but its proximity to the city gives us more than enough reason to put it on the list. (I mean, the city’s airport is an hour away!) The museum, though, is spread over a 15 acre plot — which is bloody massive. It harbours traditional objects, as well as puppets, costumes, and even weapons!

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What you can’t miss
  • Recordings of folk dances
Visiting Hours
  • 9 am to 5.30 pm; Closed on Tuesdays.
Admission Fee
  • Free

Janapada Loka or “Folk world” or “Folk-culture World”


4. Gandhi Bhavan

If you’re a Gandhivadi, or are inspired by the teachings of the Father of the Nation, then Gandhi Bhavan promises to be an absolute treat. It’s a picture gallery that displays the life of Gandhiji, his participation in India’s freedom struggle, and propagates his teachings that are an inspiration for many around the world.

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What you can’t miss
  • Photographs of Mahatma Gandhi, from early childhood to the last day of his life
Visiting Hours
  • 10.30 am to 5 pm; Lunch Break from 1.30 pm to 3 pm; Closed on Sundays.
Admission Fee
  • Free

Gandhi Bhavan Photo Gallery


5. The Legends Motorcycle Museum

It’s a cafe-cum-museum, actually — perhaps one of its kind in India. If you’re a motorbike aficionado, though, this could very well double up as your own paradise. With stunning vintage models from around the world on display, it’s bound to leave you mesmerised. And oh, did we forget to mention that most of the bikes are in working condition?

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What you can’t miss
  • Military Modelled Motorcycles from World War II
Visiting Hours
  • 6 am to 11 pm
Admission Fee
  • Free

The Legends Motorcycle Museum


6. National Gallery of Modern Art

Established in 2009, the National Gallery of Modern Art is one of the three NGMAs in India — the other two being in Mumbai and Delhi. The Gallery has over 500 paintings on display, most of which are by modern contemporary artists, as well as a few by Amrita Sher-Gil and Rabindranath Tagore.

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What you can’t miss
  • Works by Amrita Sher-Gil and Raja Ravi Verma
Visiting Hours
  • Tue-Sun 10 am to 5 pm
Admission Fee
  • Rs. 20 for Indians, Rs. 500 for foreigners

NGMA Bangalore


7. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

Situated close to the Government Museum, Visvesvaraya is home to many of science’s miracles. Spread over close to 7000 sq. metres, the brilliant science museum is divided into various galleries, all of which are dedicated to marvels of science — be it biotechnology, engine hall, electrotechnic, and even a special children’s section!

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What you can’t miss
  • Jacob’s Ladder and Tesla Coil
Visiting Hours
  • 10 am to 6 pm
Admission Fee
  • Rs. 40

Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.

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    bhramarbar dash August 18, 2017

    Pl. modify the visiting hr and days and entry fees . it is open on all days

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