Nehru Science Centre

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Nehru Science Centre
Entrance of Nehru Science Center.JPG
Established 1985
Location India Mumbai, India
Type Science Centre,Informal Educational Centre.
Visitors 778270 [As on 31st March 2013][1]
Director S M Khened
Website nehrusciencecentre.gov.in

Nehru Science Center (NSC), Mumbai, is India's largest interactive science center, located in Worli. The center is named after India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. In 1977, the center started with the 'Light and Sight' exhibition, and then in 1979 a Science Park was built. On November 11, 1985 it was opened to the public by the late Rajiv Gandhi, at that time Prime Minister of India.

History[edit]

In 1977, Nehru Science Center, first conceived as a Science & Technology Museum in late sixties, took final shape as India's largest interactive science center, to match the world trends in such public institutions. The center opened its first semi-permanent exhibition `Light & Sight' in 1977 followed by the world's first ever Science Park in 1979, during the International Year of the child. On November 11, 1985 the full-fledged science center was finally opened to public by the late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India. It is the largest science center in the country, and has a sprawling 8 acres (32,000 m2) of science park with varieties of plants, trees and shrubs. More than 50 hands-on and interactive science exhibits on energy, sound, kinematics, mechanics, transport, etc. are installed in the park. The NSC building, with its unique architecture, houses several permanent science expositions on various theme

National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), the parent body of Nehru Science Center, Mumbai, with its 25 science centers / museums all over the country, has the best infrastructure and skilled manpower to conceptualize, design, develop and organize high quality science exhibits and other related educational programes and activities.

The center is one of the four national level science museums in NCSM, working as the Western Zone Headquarters with five science centers in Nagpur, Calicut, Bhopal, Dharampur and Goa under its umbrella, caters to the people in the Western part of India. As a part of its activities, the center organizes regular extensive science education programmes, activities and competitions for the benefit of the common people and students in particular.

Former Directors
  • Amalendu Bose
  • Saroj Ghose
  • R M Chakrabarti
  • G S Rautela
  • S M Khened
  • A S Manekar

Every year, the center is visited by over 750,000 people, who experience and enjoy the basic principles and marvels of science & technology. Situated on Dr. E. Moses Road, Mumbai - 400018, in between vorli Naka and Mahalaxmi Railway Station and spread over 14 acres (57,000 m2) of land, the center provides a natural and free environment for students to learn, familiarize and spend creative holidays, and for professionals in the field of science education to have a glimpse of innovations in science education. About 120,000 school children participate in the activities of the center.

The center incorporates innovative ways to communicate science to enthuse, entertain, initiate, excite, and bring the developments of science & technology to the doorstep of common people for prosperity, awareness, and improving the quality of life. The center attempts to enhance public understanding of science and spread scientific literacy.

More than 50 hands-on and interactive science exhibits are based on various aspects of science and technology, and there is a collection of some historical artifacts of science and technology. The 3D Science Show is also organized at the centre.

NSC is famous for its Distinct shape

Nehru Science Center, first conceived as a Science & Technology Museum in late sixties, took final shape as India's largest interactive science centre in 1977 to match the world trends in such public institutions. The centre opened its first semi-permanent exhibition `Light & Sight' in 1977 followed by the world's first ever Science Park in 1979, during the International Year of the child. The full- fledged science centre was finally opened to public on November 11,1985 by late Shri Rajiv Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India.


Nehru Science Centre, the largest Science Centre in the country has a sprawling 8 acres of science park with varieties of plants, trees and shrubs. More than 50 hands-on and interactive science exhibits on energy,sound, kinematics, mechanics, transport, etc. are installed in the science park. The NSC building with its unique architecture houses several permanent science expositions on various themes.

National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), the parent body of Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, with its 29 Science Centres / Museums all over the country, has the best infrastructure and skilled manpower to conceptualize, design, develop and organize high quality science exhibits and other related educational programmes and activities

Nehru Science Centre, among the four National level Science Museums in NCSM, working as the Western Zone Headquarters with five science centres in Nagpur, Calicut, Bhopal, Dharampur and Goa under its umbrella caters to the people in the Western part of India. As a part of its activities, the Centre organizes regular extensive science education programmes, activities and competitions for the benefit of the common people and students in particular.

Nehru Science Centre is visited by over 600,000 people every year who experience and enjoy the basic principles and marvels of science & technology. Situated on Dr. E. Moses Road, Mumbai - 400018, in between Worli Naka and Mahalaxmi Railway Station and spread over 14 acres of land, the Centre provides a natural and free environment for students to learn, familiarize and spend creative holidays and for professionals in the field of science education to have a glimpse of innovations in science education. Close to 1,20,000 school children alone participate in the activities of the Centre.

Nehru Science Centre incorporates innovative ways to communicate science to enthuse, entertain, initiate, excite and bring the developments of science & technology to the doorstep of common people for prosperity, awareness, and improving the quality of life. The centre attempts to enhance public understanding of science and spread scientific literacy.

Opening Hours[edit]

A visitor at Nehru Science Center

The Science Center is open to public every day including Sundays and public holidays throughout the year, except two days, i.e. Holi (2nd day) and Diwali.

Opening hours  : 10.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs

Ticket Counter Timing: 10.00 hrs to 17.30 hrs

How to Reach[edit]

The centre can be reached by public transport i.e. train, bus, taxi or private vehicles. It is situated on Dr. E. Moses Road between Mahalaxmi Railway Station on the South and Worli Naka on the North at a distance of about 1 km from either end. The nearest bus stop is Jijamata Nagar. The nearest railway station - Mahalaxmi (Western Railway), Byculla (Central Railway); Bus Routes - 50, 80 (Ltd.), 91 (Ltd.), 124, 154, 164, 165, 168, 172, 351.

The centre is open to the public every day, including Sundays and public holidays, throughout the year except two days: One on the 2nd day of Holi( Dhulandi or the day of Colors ) and Second on the day of Diwali.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Activity report 2012-13. NCSM

Nehru Science Centre, the largest Science Centre in the country has a sprawling 8 acres of science park with varieties of plants, trees and shrubs. More than 50 hands-on and interactive science exhibits on energy,sound, kinematics, mechanics, transport, etc. are installed in the science park. The NSC building with its unique architecture houses several permanent science expositions on various themes.

National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), the parent body of Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, with its 29 Science Centres / Museums all over the country, has the best infrastructure and skilled manpower to conceptualize, design, develop and organize high quality science exhibits and other related educational programmes and activities

Nehru Science Centre, among the four National level Science Museums in NCSM, working as the Western Zone Headquarters with five science centres in Nagpur, Calicut, Bhopal, Dharampur and Goa under its umbrella caters to the people in the Western part of India. As a part of its activities, the Centre organizes regular extensive science education programmes, activities and competitions for the benefit of the common people and students in particular.

Nehru Science Centre is visited by over 750,000 people every year who experience and enjoy the basic principles and marvels of science & technology. Situated on Dr. E. Moses Road, Mumbai - 400018, in between Worli Naka and Mahalaxmi Railway Station and spread over 14 acres of land, the Centre provides a natural and free environment for students to learn, familiarize and spend creative holidays and for professionals in the field of science education to have a glimpse of innovations in science education. Close to 1,20,000 school children alone participate in the activities of the Centre.

Nehru Science Centre incorporates innovative ways to communicate science, learn science to enthuse, entertain, initiate, excite and bring the developments of science & technology to the doorstep of common people for prosperity, awareness, and improving the quality of life. The centre attempts to enhance public understanding of science and spread scientific literacy.

External links[edit]

Official website