Bangalore is known for many things – its young IT crowd, the perennially nice weather, its many gardens, and also the abundance of cool hangout places. The city is one of the finest examples of what we can call the urban India. However, this by no means implies that Bangalore lacks in a rich culture or in its love for the past. If one foot of the Silicon Valley of India is out of the door and steadily moving ahead towards the future, the other is strongly rooted in its heritage.

The city has no dearth of insightful museums in Bangalore, giving visitors a glimpse of its history and culture. Here are 8 museums in the city that you must explore after booking one of the hotels in Bangalore!

Museums in Bangalore:

The Government Museum Kasturba Road
Gandhi Bhavan Kumara Krupa Road
Kempegowda Museum MG Road
Venkatappa Art Gallery Kasturba Road
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) Brain Museum Hosur Main Road
National Gallery Of Modern Art Palace Road
HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum Old Airport Road
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum Kasturba Road

1. The Government Museum, Bangalore

The Government Museum, Bangalore

The Government Museum | #1 of 8 Museums in Bangalore

Counted among the oldest museums in India, The Government Museum of Bangalore dates all the way back to the year 1865. However, it opened for public much later in 1886. Its two floors comprise 18 galleries, exhibiting various archaeological and geological collections such as coins, inscriptions, jewelry, and sculptures. The museum also exhibits the Halimidi inscription, which is known to be the oldest Kannada inscription to have ever been found.

  • Location: Kasturba Road, Bangalore
  • Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Entry Fee: INR 20 for adults; INR 10 for children

2. Gandhi Bhavan, Bangalore

Gandhi Bhavan, Bangalore

Gandhi Bhavan | #2 of 8 Museums in Bangalore

Dedicated to the Father of the Nation – Mahatma Gandhi, the Gandhi Bhavan will teach you all about his life and values. The main attraction in this museum is a picture gallery which exhibits pictures from Mahatma Gandhi’s life, even his childhood. You can visualize Gandhiji’s entire life, his struggle for freedom, and his teachings at Bangalore’s Gandhi Bhavan.

  • Location: Kumara Krupa Road, Bangalore
  • Timings: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Closed on Sundays)
  • Entry Fee: Free

3. Kempegowda Museum, Bangalore

Kempegowda Museum is dedicated to and named after the Yelahanka Chieftain who founded the city of Bangalore. On the first floor of Mayo Hall, this museum is unique in the sense that its floor is made of glass with an 18th-century map of the city covering it. It mainly houses paintings and pictures depicting the city’s history and artifacts dating back to as early as the 16th century.

  • Location: MG Road, Bangalore
  • Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Entry Fee: Free

Located on the premises of Bangalore’s Government Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery is known for its remarkable collection of artworks by Karnataka’s renowned artist, K. Venkatappa. There are two floors dedicated to the artworks, exhibiting more than 600 paintings. The art of various other famous artists in the past including KK Hebbar are also showcased here.

  • Location: Kasturba Road, Bangalore
  • Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Entry Fee: INR 10 for adults; INR 5 for children

5. NIMHANS Brain Museum, Bangalore

NIMHANS, Bangalore

NIMHANS | #5 of 8 Museums in Bangalore

One-of-its-kind in India, NIMHANS Brain Museum can be best described as intriguing! Yes, the place houses exactly what its name suggests, human brain specimens. From medical students to tourists from all over the world, people come here to witness something unique. The guided tours given by the museum staff are quite insightful and help in understanding the importance of every brain specimen. Almost 600 human brains are exhibited in this museum.

  • Location: Hosur Main Road, Bangalore
  • Timings:
    2:30 PM – 4 PM (Tuesdays)
    10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM (Saturdays)
  • Entry Fee: Free
National Gallery Of Modern Art, Bangalore

National Gallery Of Modern Art | #6 of 8 Museums in Bangalore

Sprawled across an area of about 3.5 acres, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore is an exquisite treasure trove of artworks. The gallery opened only in 2009 and has been a hit among tourists as well as locals ever since. The most known of the artists whose artworks are featured here include Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma, and Amrita Shergill. The painting exhibit in this gallery features collections from the 18th century and the centuries ahead of it.

  • Location: Palace Road, Bangalore
  • Timings:
    11 AM – 6:30 PM (Tuesday-Friday)
    11 AM – 8 PM (Saturday-Sunday)
    Closed on Mondays
  • Entry Fee: INR 20 for Indians; INR 500 for Foreign Nationals

7. HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum

HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, Bangalore

HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum | #7 of 8 Museums in Bangalore

HAL, which stands for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, is the organization which runs the one-of-its-kind aerospace museum in Bangalore. This museum is obviously loved by tourists fascinated by the field of aviation, but it is definitely a must-visit for all. The exciting history of aviation and aeronautics in India is something everyone would find worthy of learning about.

Of the two halls in the museum, the first one showcases the history of Indian aviation through pictures dating back to 1940 and every decade after that. The second hall exhibits the workings and technology of an Aero Engine through motorized cross-sections of many different models.

  • Location: HAL Old Airport Road, Bangalore
  • Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 50 for adults; INR 30 for children up to 18 years; Free for children up to 3 years

8. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum | #8 of 8 Museums in Bangalore

Spread over an area of 4000 sq. m, the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum was built in the memory of the famous namesake Bharat Ratna Indian engineer. This museum was opened to public in 1965, and ever since has attracted millions of visitors for its incredibly rich collection of science exhibits and interactive displays.

The museum has seven permanent exhibition halls dedicated to different principles of science, along with two others for special exhibits. Among the most popular displays here are Dinosaur Enclave and the replica of the famous Wright Brothers aircraft ‘Kitty Hawk’. Set up to inculcate children’s and adults’ interest in science and technology, this museum is surely a must-visit.

  • Location: Kasturba Road, Bangalore
  • Timings: 9:30 AM – 6 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 75 for general visitors

Admission charges vary for organized groups and special exhibits

Now that you know that Bangalore is much more than just exciting clubs and cafes, head out to one of these museums to explore the rich culture of this gorgeous city! You might also love to visit the historical places in Bangalore to gain an insight into the city’s glorious past.