NIMHANS Brain Museum

Museum Address
Ground floor, Room 002, Neurobiology Research Center, NIMHANS
Hosur Road - 560029
City
State
Karnataka
Pin Code
560029
Email
nimhansbrainmuseum@gmail.com
Museum website
http://www.nimhans.ac.in/neuropathology/brain-museum
When was the museum established?
2010
Main category
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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.

Photography
No
Videography
No
Cafeteria
Yes
Museum shop
No
Wheelchair friendly
Yes
Restroom
Yes
Drinking water
Yes
Locker room
No
Parking
Yes
Information in Braille
No
Workshops/seminars/lectures
No
Garden/picnic area
No
Audio/visual guides
No
Guided tours
Yes
Library and archives services
No
IT facilities ( Photocopying, printing, computer )
No
Auditorium
No
Conference/ Seminar hall
No
Museum membership
No
Conservation lab
No
Research lab
Yes
Who manages the museum?
Others
Email
vani.santosh@gmail.com
Others:
Department of Neuropathology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS)
Person-in-charge of the museum
Curator
First Name
Dr. Vani, Dr. Anita
Last Name
Santosh, Mahadevan
Additional information ( if any)
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
What is the average duration to see the museum?
1-2 hours
Map your museum’s correct location on the map given below.
Is the museum currently closed?
No
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Blain slices on display with special staining techniques that differentially colour the grey and white matter of the brain (Developed by-Mulligan, 1931) and various tracts (connections).
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Blain slices on display with special staining techniques that differentially colour the grey and white matter of the brain (Developed by-Mulligan, 1931) and various tracts (connections).
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A collection of mounted specimens of human brains depicting head injury and cerebrovascular diseases such as a stroke, infections etc.
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Rows of mounted specimens affected by different types of brain cancer
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Adult lung with cancer of the lymph gland in the mid line (by star). Because of atmospheric pollution, the lung looks black (need not be a smoker lung).
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Docent showing a human brain for visitors to touch
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A bird’s eye view of the Neuropathology Brain Museum with well-lit rows of mounted specimens of the human brain and its disorders, with posters on display in the Museum.
Entry Fee
Not Applicable
Getting there
By Bus: 71, 171c, 165, 168 from Majestic Bus stand (Platform No. 13 & 14)
Opening Time
02:30 p.m.
Closing Time
04:30 p.m.
Other Information
10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm on Saturdays; closed on Sundays, 2nd Saturdays and public holidays