The museums of Bengaluru are joining the global celebrations for International Museum Day on May 18. This year, the theme for this day is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, New publics”.
The Indian Music Experience is having a soft launch to mark the day. This hi-tech music experience centre is a one-of-a-kind sound museum in the country showcasing hundreds of years of Indian musical heritage under one roof. To take a virtual tour of the museum with The Good City, check out here.
St John's Research Institute in Koramangala is organising a series of events for children, teens and adults to talk about the evolution of museums and how they have served the society over the ages. For more information, see here.
From art, culture, music to science, aerospace and more, Bengaluru has many interesting museums. We take a quick tour of some of them.
1.Indian Music Experience:
The Indian Music Experience trust has opened a museum for music lovers in JP Nagar. This is the one museum where you don’t have to forbid your kids from touching things around the place. There is music in every corner. From the railing that are functioning xylophones to the gardens, they all have a note to play. The Sound garden has natural instruments to keep you in tune with nature. Experiment with your voice at the Humming Stone or explore the eight galleries to tap your musical knowledge. The museum also has a Learning Centre for people eager to train their vocal cords.
2. Government Museum:
The Government Museum situated on Kasturba Road, near VITM is one of the oldest museums in India. Wishes of time travelling come true as you step into this building. Standing tall in its regal splendor, it is an archaeological museum. History classes can be made fun with a visit to this museum. From jewellery, sculptures, coins, inscriptions and other geological artifacts, this museum gives you a glimpse into our past.
3. Click Art Museum:
A one-of-its-kind ‘optical art’ museum, the Click Art Museum in Whitefield is a destination one must keep in mind. If you are the kind who loves illusions and works that challenge your eyes, this is the place to be. 2D paintings come to life as they are carefully angles to give you the feeling of looking through 3D glasses. Photoholics will love this place as the paintings are placed in ways to get the best picture. (For more information, check out their website here.)
4. National Gallery Of Modern Art (NGMA):
Housed in the restored and revamped Manikyavelu Mansion, the National Gallery of Modern Art, on Palace Road has an assemblage of paintings, sculptures and graphic pictures from the 18th century onwards. A reflection of India’s cultural ethos, it showcases Indian miniatures, works by colonial artists, famous Bengali artwork and examples of early photography post independence. This is a place where time flies as you wander the corridors trying to decipher the stories behind each work. Aside from the permanent artifacts, NGMA also has regular national and international exhibitions. For more information, check out their website here.
5. Brain Museum, NIMHANS:
The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) is known for its groundbreaking work in the fields of neurology and psychology. As a part of their research, NIMHANS opened a Brain Museum in order to study neurosciences in depth. This museum is a field trip for science enthusiasts. Various types of brains over the decades have been preserved and kept on display and the guide explains the conditions of each of them. For schools and parents who want to tap the educational side, this museum is the place to visit.
6.Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath:
Situated in the heart of the city in Kumara Krupa Road, the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath is filled with art. From paintings of the Himalayas by Russian painter Nicholas Roerich and his son Svetoslav Roerich, to traditional artwork and paintings, this place captures the ethos of the country through the ages. Folk, traditional, modern and contemporary art are most prominent here. Exhibitions on coffee, clothes and local artworks are also conducted regularly. Art enthusiasts will find themselves unable to leave once they enter. For more information, check out their website here.
7. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM):
Created in the honour of Bharat Ratna M. Visvesvaraya, this museum near Cubbon Park is dedicated to the development of technology in the country. The museum has various wings for each field of technology. A visit to this museum takes you on a journey from the paleolithic age to the modern world. From a corner just for the dinosaurs to simulations of the Wright brothers flyer “Kitty Hawk” to planetariums, this museum gives you a glimpse of India’s growth. (Read more about this museum's history in Raintree Media's book here)
8. HAL Aerospace Museum:
Fly high with this one. HAL is known throughout the country for its remarkable contribution in aviation. This museum displays the growth of Indian Aviation Industry over the years. A plethora of models can be seen throughout the museum ranging from Aircrafts, helicopters and engines. They also have aircraft simulations and a mock Air Traffic Control tower to give you an understanding of how the aviation industry functions. This a dream for young aspiring pilots and people who are curious about the traffic in the air. (Take a tour with The Good City here).
Other cities in the country are also prepped and ready to be a part of the International Museum Day. Sahapedia, an open source online repository of art and culture is celebrating by holding museum walks, workshops and talks across 15 cities such as New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chandigarh and others.
May 18 was declared as International Museum day in 1977 by the International Council Of Museums (ICOM). They felt a need to dedicate one day to highlight the role museums have played over the centuries, educating and serving the society. Every year the ICOM takes a theme based on which all the countries around the world celebrate the day.
By Minnal Paranan