- Government Museum
- Venkatappa Art Gallery
- Jaanapada Loka
- Rangoli Metro Art Center
- NIMHANS Brain Museum
- Gandhi Bhavan
- Nehru Planetarium
- Philatelic Museum
- Woods Museum and Interpretation Centre
- NGMA-Manikyavelu Mansion
- Shashwati Women's Museum
- Kempegowda Museum
- Madras Sappers Museum & Archives
- The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
- Chitrakala Parishath
- Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
The State Government museum which is also an Archeological Museum, is one of the oldest in India, it was built in 1876 by Colonel Sankey. Located within the Cubbon Park, it is similar in design to the Attara Kacheri in its architectural style and colour. While the original collection in the museum belonged to Benjamin L. Rice of the Mysore Gazetteer, the museum has antiquities from Mohenjadaro period, specimens of Vijayanagar and Halebid architecture, ancient coins and stone inscriptions that are 5000 years old.
Kasturba Road, Bengaluru
10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m
Venkatappa Art Gallery
Located on Kasturba Road, next to the Government Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery has collections of more than 600 paintings of world renowned artists. This art gallery is named after the famous painter K Venkatappa, who comes from a family of painters. His collections of paintings occupies the ground floor of the gallery while other famous artists like MF Hussain, NS Bendre, Hanumaiah, Vasudev, Rekha Rao, and Yusuf Arakkal occupy the first floor. On the second floor one gets to see the work of KK Hebbar.
Kasturba Road, Bengaluru
080 2286 4483
10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m
About 50 Kms away from Bangalore is Jaanapada Loka. A very interesting museum and space for folk art, dance, songs and stories of state of Karnataka. There are many artifacts that introduces one to the life, art, culture and history of Karnataka. It is also a research center for all types of folk art form, there are training workshops and residence programs for artists, a library apart from the museum.
Bangalore - Mysore Highway, State Highway 17, Ramanagar District, Doddamannugudde Forest, Karnataka 562159
9 AM - 5:30 PM
Rangoli Metro Art Center
This is a well-designed public space in and around the Namma Metro station at the M.G Road developed by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL). Rangoli Metro Art Center includes art galleries, auditorium, open area for exhibitions and workshops, info wall, play area for kids, walk-way etc.
MG Road Boulevard, MG Road Metro Station, near Anil Kumble Circle, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
11 AM to 7:30 PM
NIMHANS Brain Museum
NIMHANS Brain Museum showcases the human brain and its functions. It is located at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) and is run by its department of neuropathology. The Museum seeks to help visitors see the brain, understand how it works and get an insight into the kind of diseases that can affect it. The museum has a diverse collection of over 600 brain samples and is the result of over 30 years of research.
26/14, 3rd Main Rd, Sattar Layout, Lakkasandra, Laljinagar, Wilson Garden, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560029
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gandhi Bhavan, Bengaluru is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The Bhavan was set up with the intention of promoting the life and teachings of Gandhiji. Situated on the Kumara Krupa Road, Gandhi Bhawan was started as Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi (GSN), under the chairmanship of Dr Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. The main attraction of Gandhi Bhavan consists of a comprehensive picture gallery, displaying the entire life of Mahatma Gandhi. The gallery has photographs of Mahatma Gandhi, from early childhood to the last day of his life. Apart from that, copies of the letters written by him to the various personalities of his time are also held in reserve. Presently, the Gandhi Bhavan serves as the venue for public meetings organized on Gandhian values. The area of the museum is 6000 sq. ft and it also houses a library and a Khadi Emporium in it.
Kumara Krupa Road
10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Nehru Planetarium was opened in 1989 in Bangalore to commemorate the birth centenary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The aim of the Planetarium is to inform and educate adults and children about Astronomy. The Planetarium has an observatory with a six inch refractor telescope and a sky theatre with a dome of fifteen meters diameter.
Sri T. Choudaiah Road, High Grounds, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
The Philatelic Museum in Bengaluru displays rare stamps and articles. After a recent renovation an artists’ corner, Amphitheatre and a reference library has been made to bring the visitors closer to know about Indian Post, from past to present. The museum is very well maintained and it has hundreds of stamps of different countries, denominations. There are stamps of all sizes and shapes and of different periods.
No. 253, Museum Road, Near-Indian Post Office, Museum Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Woods Museum and Interpretation Centre
Woods Museum and Interpretation Centre (WMIC) is housed within the Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. This Museum provides information and details of all aspects of wood as a material and importance of wood science and technology. The WMIC is unconventionally structured and strongly deviates from being merely a storehouse of artifacts. It aims to educate the common man on the science of wood, on the fact that wood is not just a carpenter’s material and the usage of wood would help in creating a sustainable future and tiding over the climate crisis.
Institute of Wood Science and Technology, 18th Cross, Malleshwaram
9.00 am To 5.00 pm
The colonial period bungalow once belonged to the royal family of Mysore, from whom it came to a mine owner Raja Manikyavelu Mudaliar. The bunglow and its grounds have been maintained and successfully adapted into the National Gallery for Modern Art since 2009.
49, Palace Road, Manikyavelu Mansion
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shashwati Women's Museum
The Shashwati Women's Museum at the N.M.K.R.V. College, founded by the great educator/scholar C.N. Mangala. It showcases arts and artifacts depicting the life of women in India though the ages. Artifacts include tools women used for household chores, examples of women's art, handicrafts, ornaments, and means of infant care.
NMKRV College, Jayanagar
10 a.m. to 5 p.m
This is a newly built museum (2011) is dedicated to the founder of the city of Bangalore, Kempegowda. It is presently located in Mayo Hall. The displays are of Kempegowda and his work for the city, other rulers of his Yelahanka dynasty, and how Bangalore city evolved.
Field Marshal Cariappa Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
10 AM to 5 PM
Madras Sappers Museum & Archives
Madras Sappers Museum & Archives, inaugurated in 1979, showcases the history of the Madras Engineer Group (called the Sappers, established in 1803). The Madras Sappers are the oldest regiment of the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. The museum chronicles their history and achievements and houses armoury used by the regiment, medals, their attire and a sports gallery. Many interesting facts can be found at the Madras Sappers Museum and Archives of the MEG and Centre. By preserving the events of MEG’s two-century long history, the museum has managed to maintain records related to Bengaluru and Karnataka.
MEG Centre, Ulsoor
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
India's first aerospace museum was established in 2001 to showcase the growth of it's aeronautical history and that of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) since its inception in 1940s. The museum is at HAL campus and is managed by them. There are many models of aircraft and helicopters along with aircraft engine models. One can experience flying an aircraft in the flight simulators and get a panoramic view of the take off and landing of planes at the HAL airport.
Varthur Main Rd, Marathahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037
080 2231 8341
9 AM to 5 PM
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath has a unique collection of traditional paintings, leather puppets and artifacts showcasing the visual and cultural heritage of Karnataka since its inception in 1960 in the heart of Bengaluru. It has been successfully representing its role to exhibit and institutionalize and hence initiate art activities and education about postcolonial, subaltern and alternative art practices with respect to the global platform. The Parishath has a graphic studio, sculpture studio and an open-air theatre. The majority of the works on display belong to the students of the Parishath. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath has 13 galleries with some of very fascinating and rare collections. The galleries consist of the collections ranging from traditional Mysore paintings, leather puppets, sculptures and Russian artists Roerich’s works. Among the other collections Kejriwal, Kukke, and Krishna Reddy collections are noteworthy. This is one of the premier fine art institutions in the country. Its activities extend to dance performances, folk theatre, photography exhibitions, puppet shows and musical recitals. It also holds workshops, artists’ camps and demonstrations.
Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road, Opposite to Sindhi High School, Seshadripuram, Bengaluru.
10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is located on Kasturba Road. It was started in 1962 to commemorate the birth centenary of the famous engineer and Diwan Sir M. Vishvesvaraya (1861-1962). More than a museum its a science center with its 4 floors occupying exhibits from major science disciplines. The museum is open from 10 AM to 6 PM on all days except Diwali and Ganesha Chathurthi.
P. B. No. 5216, Kasturba Road, Beside Karnataka State Government Museum, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
10 AM - 6 PM