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National Science Centre

Introduction

The National Science Centre is a science museum in New Delhi, India. It is part of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) which is an autonomous body under India's Ministry of Culture.

It is situated near Pragati Maidan (between gates 1 and 2) overlooking the Purana Qila.

History

The National Science Centre is the northern zonal headquarters of the National Council of Science Museums of India, which holds numerous science centres and museum in the country like Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (in Bangalore), The Nehru Science Centre (in Mumbai) and Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (in Calcutta).

With Rajiv Gandhi coming to power in the late 1980s saw a fresh momentum for science in the country and this period also witnessed a shift from existing traditional science museums like the London Science Museum to a new kind of museums which were called ‘Science Centres'. The Nehru Science Centre was one of the first such centres to be opened and with Rajiv Gandhi inaugurating this Centre, the Science Centre movement had an explosive growth. After this, many more science centres were opened in India in other states as well.

The construction and work for National Science Centre began from a small shed near a municipal swimming pool in R K Puram in Delhi, and later within a little forest in Timarpur area, and eventually the National Science Centre was designed, formed, built and established by the beginning of the year 1992.

It was inaugurated on 9 January 1992 by the then Prime Minister of India, P.V. Narasimha Rao and made operational since then.

Architecture

The National Science Centre building was designed by noted Indian architect Achyut Kanvinde. It is a picturesque building from outside and inside too.

The entry plaza comprises of a large exhibit spanning four floors – it is said to be one of the largest exhibits in the world. Besides these there are few small and attractive exhibits inside it, such as:

Additional Information for Visitors

The National Science Centre is situated between the Gate Nos. 1 and 2 of the Pragati Maidan exhibition grounds, on the Bhairon Road, across Purana Qila, Delhi.

People can visit the National Science Centre in New Delhi every day of the week between 09:30 a.m. and 06:00 p.m. except during the Indian festivals Holi and Diwali.

The entry fee to National Science Centre is INR 5 for kids and INR 60 per head for adults. Entry is free for children aged below 5 years.

It is located 15km away from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, from which the science centre can be reached by road in around 20 minutes.

The nearest metro station in Pragati Maidan, which falls on the blue line of the Delhi Metro – Visitors can take the metro from IGI Airport take the metro on Orange line and Interchange the metro at New Delhi metro station, and from here take the metro going toward Rajiv Chowk (Yellow line). From Rajiv Chowk to take the metro to reach the Pragati Maidan station through the blue line of Delhi Metro.

Some nearby attractions from the National Science Centre include: