This specialized museum can awe many visitors while also making many other visitors squeamish, with its display of 400 human brains in see-through plastic jars. Collected over the past 35 years, the museum exhibits brains affected by various head injuries, cerebrovascular diseases, brain infections, neurodegenerative disorders, brain tumours, and brains of a few species of animals as well. The most interesting part about this museum is that visitors are allowed to touch and feel the real human brain on request. Some of the highlights of the collection are a brain with worms in it, brains affected by Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, smoker’s lungs, and electro-micrographs showing the complexity of the nervous system.

Science, Neuropathology
Visiting Hours
02:30 p.m. - 04:30 p.m.
Visiting Hour
10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm on Saturdays; closed on Sundays, 2nd Saturdays and public holidays
Entry Fee
Not Applicable
Average Duration
1-2 hours
Ground floor, Room 002, Neurobiology Research Center, NIMHANS
Hosur Road - 560029
Getting There
By Bus: 71, 171c, 165, 168 from Majestic Bus stand (Platform No. 13 & 14)
Managed By
Others Department of Neuropathology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS)
Person In-charge
Curator, Dr. Vani, Dr. Anita Santosh, Mahadevan
+91 (80) 26995201,+91 (80) 26995202
Additional Information
School visits allowed with prior appointment only
Guided tours available: Wednesdays (1 guided tour)- 2:30 pm- 5 pm and Saturdays (2 guided tours): 10 am-1 pm, 2:30 pm-4 pm. The guided tours include: 1) 45 min introductory lecture, 2) touch and feel a human brains and other organs, 3) journey through diseased brains guided walk.
Small groups preferred due to space constraints: school and college groups should not be more than 35
Touch and feel museum: visitors can touch and feel brains, and other organs
Parking space only available for school buses