Science City – World’s Finest and Largest Science Museum
The largest science center in India under National Council of Science Museums, Ministry of Culture and the Government of India is situated in the E.M.Bypass Area in the “City Of Joy”. Science City – World’s Finest and Largest Science Museum
“Science” in our school days was quite boring for most of us. But Science City is such an amazing place which will provide fun ways to know science and it’s a best place for school going kids. Science City appears to be that friendly institution for kids which combines education with entertainment. Kids can easily learn new things about science with fun and ease.
As you enter the complex you will find a ticket counter for cable car. The cable car is one of the major attractions of Science City. The rope way journey will definitely turn into a pleasant thrilling journey as you get a bird’s eye view of the city as well as the lush green surrounding of the Science City Complex. Don’t forget to click pictures from such a high view. The rope way is available at the entrance as well as at the end of the complex. So if you wish you can explore the complex first and then go for a rope way journey. It is one of the major attractions of Science City.
Science City is mainly divided into two complexes :
One is the “Convention Center Complex”. It was inaugurated on 21st of December 1996 by Paul Jozef Crutzen. This complex houses a Seminar Building consisting of 11 halls, Mini Auditorium having 392 seating capacity and a Grand Theater with 3000 seating capacity. Many great shows and programs are often held in the Grand Theater. Both the interior and exterior of the theater hall is so luxurious and magnificent that you will be spellbound by its design and structure.
Now the rest of the complex “Science Center” was inaugurated by our former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral on 1st July 1997.
The Science Center comprises of Space Odyssey, Dynamotion Hall, Evolution Park, Maritime Centre and Science Park. Lets go through about their special attractions.
This is a large spiral shaped building and its architectural style is exclusive. You must have struggled hard while studying Physical Science in your school days? But the hall provides easy ways to learn it. Here you will be busy in doing several activities such as you can make a soap bubble float in air, while walking on the floor piano you will discover musical tones, you can make a ball to float, you can make a dish float in air etc. You will get a practical experience of wave motion, sound waves, gravitation. This will definitely make you spellbound.
POWER OF TEN :
A creative exhibition which displays the power of ten with live examples. The size of the objects differs while going higher and lower scale of measurement and this will definitely grab your attention. So learn the ways how a zero can change the size of our universe.
You want to experience hallucination? Then this segment is perfect for you. With the help of computer based activities you will understand how motion and placement contrast in our visual perception. This segment will display you some pictures which looks quite impossible.
LIFE IN WATER :
It’s a 40 tank aquarium and houses several kinds of colorful fishes. You will be amazed by its marine environment.
SPACE ODYSSEY :
Do you want to explore our universe? Then Space Odyssey is the perfect destination for you. You will get a breathtaking journey across our universe. You will get a unique journey in the Space Theatre, Time Machine, 3D Theatre, Space Science, Spinning Platform, Mirror Magic and so on.
SPACE THEATER :
The architectural style is dome shaped where Astrovision70 large format film projection is used. Audience enjoys science related shows here and its really a rare experience which one can have.
TIME MACHINE :
The fully closed chamber can accommodate 30 people. Here the audio visual presentation harmonizes with the motion. There is a large screen in front of you which will take you to an unknown world with the help of six degrees of motion, horizontal pitches, longitudinal rolls and vertical lifts. You will travel to the outer space , travel to ancient times and then enter the period of Dinosaurs. The time machine is not recommended for heart patients.
MIRROR MAGIC :
You will be stunned to see how a simple yet a modified mirror can do magic. The reflection power will totally entertain you. It will display you the fundamentals behind the images. The optical mirror will create illusions with innovative pictures.
3D VISION THEATER :
The theater can accommodate only 30 people. Just grab your Polaroid spectacles and enjoy the three dimensional movies for 15 minutes.
BUTTERFLY ENGLAVE :
The englave which will fascinate you with thousands of gorgeous multicolored butterflies flying throughout and busy collecting nectar from the flowers.
MARITIME CENTER :
The ship shaped building inside the Science City complex covers 700 square meters. Interesting exhibits on maritime activities, replicas, scaled models and precious artifacts are displayed here for your entertainment.
EVOLUTION PARK THEME TOUR :
Here you will experience the era of the dinosaurs.
You will travel back millions of years where you will find most of the extinct species inside the park. The park will give you a vivid knowledge about the evolutionary phases of life. The huge extinct animals from the past especially the dinosaurs are totally exclusive with their limbs moving and roaring sounds from the background in the dim light with real like effects. This dinosaur park is the major attraction of the visitors where you will notice realistic view of these animals. The exhibition is classified into seven periods and it completes with the arrival of humans.
MUSICAL FOUNTAIN :
It is located just outside the Evolution Park.
Here water radiates out from the fountains in different colors and in different shapes as music is played in the background. The numerous colorful splashy fountains changing dramatically with a soothing musical background seems totally breathtaking. The musical fountains will definitely give you a picturesque view.
OUTDOOR SCIENCE PARK :
The beautiful garden looks like a labyrinth is an open air learning centre. You will find science happening around you in the lush greenery. The park comprises of Caterpillar Ride, Gravity Coaster, Musical Fountain, Road Train, Cable Cars, Monorail Cycle, Butterfly Englave, Swings and Slides for children, Energy Ball, Tornado, Ocean Waves, Quick Sand, Aquariums etc. Science seems to be so interesting in this ambience under the sky.
EARTH EXPLORATION HALL :
It’s a two storied building where one floor portrays the northern hemisphere and the other floor portrays the southern hemisphere. With the help of some interesting visuals, multimedia and videos, the creation and evolution of our mother Earth, its geology, geography, ecology, demography, bio diversity, its lands and their people and culture are wonderfully illustrated to us. The global climatic changes and the frequent natural disasters are causing great harm to our life. Hence the exhibition spreads general awareness among us in a wonderful way.
PICNIC GARDEN :
Visitors, allowed to bring their own food and water. So you can easily relax in this garden, have your lunch, play some games and have a great time with your closed ones.
There are also many snack stalls inside the complex. So if you wish you can buy your food from here. But the price here is expensive and the food is not up to the mark and it remains crowded most of the time.
You will find varieties of birds in big cages placed inside the complex just beside the snack stalls park.
E.M. Bypass J.B.S. Haldane Avenue, Kolkata – 700046.
Buses and Cabs available.
TIMINGS And Entry Fees :
9 A.M. – 8 P.M.
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