As the capital city of India, Delhi has a lot to offer. State-of-the-art museums, cultural exhibits, and expansive fairs representing the traditional practices of various states of India can be found within the 10km radius of Central Delhi. The National Science Centre Delhi, as its name suggests, is one such government initiative to inculcate an interest and love of science and technology in children and in fact, people of all ages. It was inaugurated in 1992 and though some of its iconic exhibits have remained the same in the past 30-odd years, timely additions over the years have only served to increase the appeal of this interactive museum.
Read on to know the top 5 reasons why you should visit the National Science Centre Delhi and then read my review / thoughts in the end, along with all the important information you will need before visiting it:
- WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE
At its very core, this museum was meant to highlight how interesting the sciences can be. Those of us who grew up on the CBSE curriculum, probably thought it the driest of subjects (at least I did!) and therefore, this visual presentation of experiments through interactive exhibits encourages active learning. The large number of exhibits on display cover a wide spectrum of topics – under the umbrella of physics, chemistry, and biology, one can see exhibits on technology, architecture, food, cloning, music, Ayurveda, evolution, and even fun and games in the ‘Fun Science’ section.
- AMAZING DINOSAUR EXHIBIT
Perhaps the biggest attraction for my family was the ‘Prehistoric’ exhibit, which attempts to recreate the ambiance from the time of the dinosaurs. Life-size models of different prehistoric creatures populate a dark room and move from ocean habitats to desert environs, from the tiniest of insects to the fiercest predatory animals, until reaching the birth of humanoids. You may think that the end of the exhibit, but the real treasure is displayed outside – real dinosaur bones and even a fossilised footprint excavated from different parts of India and the world.
- INTERESTING FOR ALL AGE GROUPS
Before my visit to the National Science Centre Delhi last week, I had not been here since I was a child. The intent behind this recent visit was to take our son on an indoor weekend excursion as Delhi’s air pollution was playing spoilsport for any kind of outdoor activity. Believe me, my husband and I enjoyed it as much as our 5-year-old son, and it was heartening to see babies, young kids, teenagers, and grown-ups browsing and enjoying themselves in equal measure. It is indeed a museum that is sure to appeal to everyone, regardless of their age.
- FULL-DAY EXCURSION
The National Science Centre Delhi offers a lot of things to see and do. Apart from the fixed exhibits, they often host special exhibits for short periods of time, and there are separately ticketed activities that can be enjoyed as per their availability and for a special fee. A spacious canteen and shop to buy exhibit-related toys and merchandise are other activities on offer. Therefore, if you’re looking for something to do that can easily take up 4-5 hours, the National Science Centre Delhi will not disappoint. And fortunately, you can pick and choose exactly what you want to see and be out of there in an hour if you’re pressed for time.
- CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT
With every ticket costing just Rs 60 per person, the National Science Centre Delhi certainly makes for cheap and delightful entertainment considering the sheer amount of things there are to do. Since it is a government initiative, everything is subsidised, including the extra ticketed activities and even the food served in the canteen. If you’re a family on a budget, you cannot go wrong with a visit here.
My review must be pretty clear by now – as a family, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the National Science Centre Delhi. It has improved and expanded greatly since I was a kid. Plus, I really appreciate the sheer range of things one can see and do. The building and exhibits have been maintained well and though it can get crowded on weekends, fortunately not to a suffocating degree. The last science museum we visited was the one in London – and that really set the bar high for us. In comparison to that, the National Science Centre Delhi has lesser content and lacks the ‘sheen’ that London offers but in terms of knowledge and entertainment, it is not far behind! Hence, if you live in Delhi or are planning a trip here soon, I recommend a visit to the National Science Centre Delhi.
THINGS TO KNOW:
Location: Bhairon Marg, Near Gate No.1, Pragati Maidan
Metro Access: Indraprastha Metro Station, Pragati Maidan Metro Station, ITO Metro Station, Mandi House Metro Station
Days: Open everyday
Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ticket Price: Rs 60 per person above the height of 3 feet
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