National Science Centre, Delhi is a science museum that is one of the most favourite place for kids as well as adults who are Science enthusiasts and have interest in any field of Science.
Location: Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Entry Timings: 10:00 am to 05:30 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan Metro Station on Blue Line
Nearest Bus Stand: National Stadium Bus Stand
The National Science Centre is a part of the National Council of Science Museums(NCSM). The museum acts as a northern headquarters of NCSM. The Indian architect who designed the Science Centre was Achyut Kanvinde, who was a great believer of Vastushastra and had worked on many famous buildings.
When and why was Science Centre established?
The National Science Centre in Delhi was established in January 9, 1992 and was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, P.V. Narasimha Rao. The mission with which the Science Centre was developed and established is in order to spread awareness about Science among the people of India. For this, the Science Centre offers various educational exhibitions and quizzes for the students of school and college level. Also teachers are trained here to support good teaching process.
Why should you visit?
The National Science Centre is a popular place among people of every age group, but students contribute to the most of its visitors. Even those people who find Science boring and difficult to understand enjoy visiting the place. The Science Centre has changed the view how most people look at Science as a subject. When they see everything practically, it becomes very easy and interesting for not only the students, but also the elders. No matter how much you hate Science, you will fall in love with it when you visit the Science Centre.
What should you do here?
The Science Centre is a building with four floors and is divided into various sections and galleries that are dedicated to different fields or aspects of Science. There are in total eight levels or sections in particular in which the museum is divided. It also consists of a library, planetarium, cafeteria, cyber school, conference hall and an auditorium which can have up to 320 people at a time. The conference hall is available to different institutes and organizations at affordable rates and can be used for various purposes.
At the entry itself, there is an ‘Energy Balls’ experiment that displays the conversion of potential energy to other types of energy with the use of nylon balls. The balls are lifted to a height of 13 metres and then sent through different routes of different shapes. The magic tap and the air piano are also of great interest to the visitors.
- ‘Water – The Elixir of Life’ Gallery: As the name suggests the gallery has been developed to spread awareness among people about the importance of water in the life of the living beings. Everything related to water like water cycle, sources of water, ways to conserve it, types of water at different locations etc is displayed in this category. The gallery has been developed by an association of the NCSM and the Delhi Jal Board and was inaugurated on December 14, 2010 by the then Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dixit.
- ‘Our Science and Technology Heritage’ Gallery: This gallery depicts and displays the significance and changes through which the Science Heritage of India has been through. The gallery displays the huge heritage of Science and Technology in India along with what scientific and technological advances were made by our ancestors like the concepts of zero, constellations, square roots, cube roots etc. The development in the fields of art and literature has also been displayed here.
- ‘Human Biology’ Gallery: This gallery focuses on the human body, its functions and its structure. A quiz for four contestants at a time is conducted here on a huge screen that helps the visitors in knowing their body better.>/li>
- There is a cave like structure that houses various working models of dinosaurs. The section carries you to the time when dinosaurs were present on the Earth.
- ‘Fun Science’ Gallery: This section contains many games and models that can be experimented on by the visitors. It also houses a 50 seater 3D hall in which shows are conducted. The gallery helps people change their point of view towards science.
- ‘Information Revolution’ Gallery: This gallery depicts the changes and advancements in the communication process over the last 6000 years. Images, models and games that displays news broadcast rooms, post office, telegrams, gramophones, computers, memories, satellites, launching pads etc.
- ‘Emerging Technologies – A Look Into the Future’ Gallery: The gallery depicts the life that will be in future with the advancements in Science. Various technologies that the gallery focuses on are Space Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Agriculture Technology, Material Science, Nanotechnology, Energy and Transportation Technology, Medical and Biotechnology, Oceanography and Earth Sciences.
- ‘Prehistoric Life’ Gallery: How did everything come into existence on the Earth, how did we evolve, why and how some species have become extinct, how long will the lives of today be living etc are all answered in this gallery.
- Aquarium: Other than the above mentioned galleries and sections, there is also a seawater and freshwater aquarium.
With so much to explore and learn, there is no reason why someone should not visit the National Science Centre. People who are interested in Science must definitely visit here and people who are not interested must also visit because the visit will change your thinking.