(Last Updated on : 26/05/2016)
Birla Industrial and Technological Museum is situated in Kolkata
, Gursaday Road and came into being due to the initiative of Bidhan Chandra Roy
, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, in the 1956.
Location of Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
Birla Industrial and Technological Museum is located in the modern Gurusaday Road of modern South Kolkata, before Ice Skating Rink and after Birla Mandir
, West Bengal
Establishment of Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
The House of the Birlas donated the building accompanied by a plot of land for setting it up. Birla Industrial & Technological Museum has been taken under the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) in the year 1978. Under this council initiative is taken to look after those museums that were earlier under the CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) and also develop new science museums all over the country. The Museum was set up with a motto stimulating a scientific consciousness among the students and common people, so that they also take interest in science and technology.
Offerings of Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
Birla Industrial and Technological Museum is a great place for amusement apart from the education that it imparts. Birla Industrial and Technological Museum designs many of their exhibited products, for this there is a workshop.
Galleries of Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
Birla Industrial & Technological Museum has the different galleries with different models of Electricity, Iron and Steel, Nuclear Physics, Optics, Motive Power, Communication and Mining are exhibited. Each scientific object is represented in a very appealing manner, and this makes it more significant. Birla Industrial & Technological Museum has provisions of film shows, periodical programs of sky-observation through telescopes, demonstration lectures and other hobby activities. Birla Industrial & Technological Museum also showcases several live snakes, rabbits and other reptiles along with an aviary and aquariums. The mining gallery is presented in a way as to give the visitors a feel of the going down a coal mine. All this makes a trip more exciting and appealing.
Scientific Gallery of Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
After independence of India in the year 1947, the utter need to boost up the scientific scenario in the country led to the developments of many such plans to popularize it within the masses. From that time till today it have come a long way and the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum has evolved a lot with the passage of time. Providing venue for the scientific exhibitions it has also become adept in organizing activities and seminars for the visitors. Scientific demonstrations have become more energetic and vibrant so that they can capture young minds and create an interest in science, which can be made easy and interesting by a proper way of learning and understanding. Birla Industrial & Technological Museum has been credited for conducting mobile science exhibitions in the far away villages and rural areas. This is a very important initiative to promote science and technology and make it more accessible to the people who have an obscure idea about it.
Metal Gallery of Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
Birla Industrial & Technological Museum has the metal gallery. It has added 210 sq. meters to the already prevailing scientific galleries. Here a life-sized replica of an ancient blacksmith working on metal to make sickle depicted in a very artistic manner catches the eye. There is a technological world produced by touch screens and multimedia, where the world of ores and furnaces seem mysterious and has a very different experience. A history of the period of tribal iron making and its procedure is rendered. There is also a miniature model of an eighteenth century Udaipur
furnace. All the other galleries have specific interesting things to watch out for like the physics gallery, which depicts the contribution of physics in the last 100 years in the field of science. Among the special attractions, science exhibitors, seminars and symposiums are held at a regular basis in the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum.
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