The museum was established by the University of Agricultural Science (UAS) in their Bengaluru campus with the aim of:
- tracing the origin and historical development of agriculture in human civilisation, preserving the agricultural heritage of the country;
- illustrating the genesis and expansion of the University of Agricultural Science;
- developing a better understanding and appreciation of the various stages of agricultural growth at a national and state level; and
- showcasing contemporary issues and the latest technological developments and equipment’s in the field of agricultural science.
The museum comprises of five main sections. The first section is dedicated to the history of agriculture, and it captures the inception and growth of agriculture during the ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Indus Valley. It depicts the prevailing agricultural practices during the Maurya Empire, Gupta Empire, the British era and the post-independence era, as well as displays present-day techniques. It also charts out the various agricultural belts in Karnataka, types of soil available throughout the state, historical records related to agriculture and laurels won by the University of Agricultural Science.
The second room displays information on soil, water, different types of crops and cropping systems. There are miniature models of numerous farming tools like the plough, grain harvesting and tillage equipment, toothed harrow, packers, under-cutters, rod weeders, tree climbing equipment, bio-gas plant setup and many varieties of farm machinery. The third room exhibits facts related to Apiculture and Sericulture, along with a collection of the tools utilised in the production of honey.
The fourth section is dedicated to philately on agriculture. The wide-ranged collection features stamps on fruits, flowers, vegetables, birds, animals, renewable energy, food and agricultural organisation, agricultural education, farmers, World Food Day, etc. The last section demonstrates farm mechanisation, farm forestry, post-harvest technology, animal husbandry, agricultural marketing and impacts of climate change on agriculture and farming. All these are depicted through miniature models and information boards enclosed in glazed cases.
The circular corridor walls are adorned with images of fruits, flowers, animals and birds with suitable quotes on agriculture from famous personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Dr P. Rajagopalachari and state poets like Kuvempu and Purandaradas. The courtyard is open to the sky, and has a farm-like setting with sculptures of grazing cows, cranes, farmers, bullock carts and a tractor.
The map acts as a visual guide to the museum, giving a description of the various rooms.
The room exhibits various farming machinery along with different cropping systems.
The exhibit consists of a masked cap, glass bottles, equipment used for extraction of honey, a box in which honey is stored, and a few measuring tools.
The various stamp collections are hung on the walls of the room.
The collection consists of stamps from across the world, for example, a watermelon stamp from Bangladesh, a pineapple from Malaysia, a kiwi stamp from New Zealand, etc.
The collection consists of stamps related to various sources of renewable energy like solar, wind, hydro, biomass and bio gas.
This collection shows different stamps with roses on them.
This particular exhibit talks about the new developments in farm mechanisation and post-harvest technology.
Open to the sky, the courtyard has a farm like setting with grazing cows and cranes along with a bullock cart.
Open to the sky, the courtyard has a farm like setting with a farmer riding his tractor and a female farmer.