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Nehru Science Centre

Introduction

Nehru Science centre is one of the largest science centres in India. It is located in the Worli area of Mumbai, Maharashtra

It is the largest “interactive” science centre in the country - with more than 500 hands-on and interactive science exhibits on the topics of energy, sound, kinematics, mechanics, transport, etc.

The centre is one of the four national level science museums in the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM of India), working as the Western Zone Headquarters with five other science centres in western India under it, and organises regular extensive science education programmes, activities and competitions every year.

History

This centre was first conceived as a Science & Technology Museum in the late sixties, and, took final shape in the year 1977 as an interactive science centre, to catch up with the trends in other prominent public institutions in different parts of the world. It was named after India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

The Nehru Science centre inaugurated its first exhibition called `Light & Sight' in 1977. And in 1979, the world's first ever Science Park was opened here.

Finally, in the year 1985 it was opened to public by the late Rajiv Gandhi (the then Prime Minister of the country) as a full-fledged science centre.

Architecture

Nehru Science Centre has an area of about 8 acres (32,000 m2) of science park with varieties of plants, trees and shrubs.

It has a main building with unique architecture designed by the architect Achyut Prakash Kanvinde and houses several science expositions and elements on numerous themes.

Additional Information for Visitors

Nehru Science Centre is open to public every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and this includes Sundays and public holidays too.

It is usually open throughout the year except on two days – 1. The second day of Holi (Dhulandi or the day of colours); and 2. The second on the day of Diwali.

Entry fee to the centre for adults per head is INR 70, and it is INR 50 per head for people in a group of 25 or more.

Entry fee for students (in organized groups) is INR 20, and if they belong to a government school the fee is INR 10 per head. Additional charges may apply for special shows at the centre.

The centre is situated at a distance of about 15.2 km away from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and 7.6 km away from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Train Station).