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Five museums that your kids will enjoy

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Anoushka Jain

Anoushka Jain is a post-graduate in History from Delhi University and holds a diploma in Art History. She has an experience working in oral and visual traditions of folklore at IGNCA(Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts). Her interest in museums has made her work with National Museum and temporary Community Museum half her academic life.

An Article by Anoushka Jain

Indian summer can be a painfully long stretch of time, especially for the parents who have to brainstorm new activities to engage their hyperactive kids. There are numerous expensive summer classes that we enroll the kids into, hoping that it will hone their interest and will help in the development of holistic personality. Why not do something different to create special memories with your kids? Museums were always an educative space that taught us about our culture and heritage by showing rather than lecturing. In recent times, museums have become one of the most enriching, educative and fun-filled place for a child that pushes the boundaries of imagination and wonder!

Read on to know five most fun, interactive museums in India you kids will surely love:

The National Rail Museum , New Delhi

The National Rail Museum is one of the most iconic and loved Museum of children that is like a little amusement park. Trains and locomotives have always captured the imagination of kids and adults alike. Some of the best children literature from Thomas the Train Engine to thrillers like Murder on the Orient Express makes train an exciting experience. This Museum houses a large impressive collection of steam trains, wooden coaches, and real life exhibits of princely state locomotives. Your kid will love the train joyrides and the virtual 3D experience. The Rail Restaurant in the museum is a must-go where an elegant steam engine chugs around and serves food at the table making you feel like a blue blood Maharaja having their fancy royal meal!

Location: Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi- 110021, India
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entry Ticket: Weekdays – Rs.50/adult, Rs.10/child, Weekends & Holidays – Rs.100/adult, Rs.20/child

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Sudha Car Museum, Hyderabad

This museum is one of the most unique and quirky museums that will make both you and your child giddy with excitement and wonder. The museum boast of cars in all shapes and size you can think of. The museum is established by K Sudhakar. He is credited to design India’s smallest train with a seating capacity of ten people and the largest tricyle in the world. There are cars in the shape of a ballerina shoe, lipsticks, handbags, bright helmet and funkiest of shoes! This museum is like Alice in the Wonderland where most absurd things are possible and will make the kids and the adults believe in an upside down world.

Location: Bahadurpura, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500064, India
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Entry Ticket : Weekdays & Weekends – Rs. 50/adult, Rs. 15/child

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The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, (VITM), Bangalore

This is one of the most interactive museums in India that will make your child’s science project for summer a cakewalk. It has brilliant galleries such as ‘How Things Work’, ‘Fun Science Gallery’, ‘The Space’, ‘The Dinosaur Alive’, ‘The Wright Brother Exhibit’ and many more fascinating, informative galleries. You will find a life size dinosaur rolling eyes at the visitor, animal models that towers humans, mirror maze, and even exhibitions that explain complex theories with demonstration such as electrostatics, biotechnical revolution and the working of machines in our lives. This is surely learning of science in a fun way outside the four walls of classroom!

Location: Kasturba Road, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bangalore, 560001, India
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Entry Ticket : Weekdays & Weekends – Rs. 40/adult, Rs. 20/child

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INS Kurusura Submarine Museum, Vishakapatnam

This is one of the most memorable experience you can offer your child and yourself. INS Kurusura is a real submarine made by Russians in 1969 and used by Indian Navy for 31 years. She was decommissioned and was turned into a museum at the beach of Rama Krishna, Vishakapatnam. She has played a decisive role in number of wars including Indo- Pak War of 1971. Walking inside the submarine is a thrilling experience as you walk in and out of galleries such as the radar room, sonar room, control room and even the weapons used in the wars. The beautiful beach of Vizag and the crashing tides in the background will make this visit to museum a memorable shared experience.

Location: Paanduranga Puram, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, 530017, India
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Entry Ticket : Weekdays & Weekends – Rs. 40/adult, Rs. 20/child

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Shivalik Fossil Museum, Himachal Pradesh

This is Asia’s oldest and largest fossil park, situated uniquely at the foothill of Himalayas. This amazing fossil park and museum will make your kid believe and relieve Jurassic Park and ice age. The park displays life size fibre glass pre-historic fossils such as giant tortoise, gharial, four-horned giraffe and even sabre toothed tiger and large tusked elephants. It is claimed that the fossils preserved here dates back to 1.5 million to 2 million years ago! The unique space was consciously made to preserve the fossils and the antiquity of its delicate ecology. This museum is situated on the banks of River Markanda with six set of animal species from different eras of history. It will leave an imprinting mark in your memory just like the fossils.

Location: NH 72, Nagal Saketi, Himachal Pradesh 173001, India
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday Closed)
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There are thousands of ways to educate your child and sensitize them about culture and heritage. So, why not this season try to experience something new and unique that makes your kid engage all their senses and come home with a mind full of questions and eyes full of wonder!