(Last Updated on : 14/02/2009)
India is a diverse country that has a rich history of cultural, scientific and technological heritage. The country has been quite rich in terms of scientific heritage and the Indian science museums, spread all over the country are preserving the heritage, wonderfully. The Indian science museums are situated in almost all the major cities in India and apart from preserving the rich heritage, these museums are also working on providing important scientific knowledge to the common people. They display various important scientific evidences of the past and also conduct different workshops or programmes to inform people about the latest scientific developments in India.
The Indian science museums can be defined as the museums, wholly devoted to science. These science museums concentrate mainly on displaying things related to geology, palaeontology, industry and industrial development and there is a gamut of museums dedicated to science or industrial development, in India. The most important Indian science museums are located in the cities like Kolkata, Kapila, New Delhi, Kharagpur, Nagpur, Lucknow, Dhenkanal, Bangaluru etc.
The Indian science museums have been working hard to increase the interest of common people to science related subjects. The most notable science museums in India are Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Kolkata; Goa Science Centre, Goa; Kapila Science Park, Kapila; National Science Centre, New Delhi; Nehru Museum of Science and Technology, Kharagpur; Raman Science Center, Nagpur; Regional Science Centre, Lucknow; Regional Science Centre and Planetarium Calicut, Science Center, Dhenkanal; Science City, Kolkata; Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangaluru; Shrikrishna Science Centre, Patna; National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), New Delhi etc. Among them, the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), New Delhi is considered to be the largest network of science centres/museums under a single administrative umbrella in the world.