HMT Heritage Centre and Museum

Museum Address
HMT Colony, HMT Estate, Jalahalli
City
State
Karnataka
Pin Code
560013
Email
info@hmtmuseum.in
Phone Number
Museum website
www.hmtmuseum.in
Are there any docents or guides who visitors can directly call to book for a guided tour?
No
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Briefly describe the history of the museum, its collection and donors.

The museum was established to celebrate the legacy of Hindustan Machine Tools Limited (HMT), the country’s first machine manufacturing company, set up by the Indian government in the late 1900s. This technology museum traces the origin and journey of HMT into fields like manufacturing of wristwatches, machine tools, light bulbs and tractors. The idea of setting up the museum came in the wake of the closure of HMT’s watch factory and other ancillary units. It is located in the former residence of the company's chairman, amidst the lush green landscape of the HMT colony.

The museum is spread over two floors--the ground floor is dedicated to the history of watchmaking, while the first floor archives the history of machine tools and equipment. It outlines the company’s progress in the form of a timeline with a map of India depicting its factories across the country, and displays with details of each factory along with the milestones achieved by the company over the years.

The most interesting exhibit is the ‘Parts of a Watch’, where even the minutest components of different watches have been illustrated. The other sections highlight the dials of watches, the manufacturing process, various packaging boxes, watchmaking tools and machinery. Another attraction of the museum is the variety of finished watches showcased across four rooms, including hand-wound watches, braille watches and customised watches like the famous flower clock at Lalbagh Botanical garden.

The first-floor documents the range of machine tools manufactured by the company since its inception, along with a world map that indicates their collaborators from across the world. A 20-minute video, detailing HMT's history, its skill development and training units, plays on a loop inside an AV room. The last section explains the origin and development of the HMT tractor, along with its functioning parts.

Photography
Yes
Videography
Yes
Cafeteria
Yes
Museum shop
Yes
Wheelchair friendly
No
Restroom
Yes
Drinking water
Yes
Locker room
Yes
Parking
Yes
Information in Braille
No
Workshops/seminars/lectures
Yes
Garden/picnic area
Yes
Audio/visual guides
Yes
Guided tours
Yes
Library and archives services
No
IT facilities ( Photocopying, printing, computer )
No
Auditorium
No
Conference/ Seminar hall
Yes
Museum membership
No
Conservation lab
No
Research lab
No
Who manages the museum?
Others
Others:
Hindustan Machine Tools Ltd
Person-in-charge of the museum
Curator
First Name
Jacob
Mobile no.
Additional information ( if any)
The museum was opened in April 2019.
Reference Link
https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/be-a-clock-watcher-at-this-city-museum/articleshow/68855953.cms https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/a-timeless-collection-hmt-watches-to-adorn-a-museum/articleshow/51020632.cms
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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HMT Heritage Centre and Museum - HMT house
Gallery Images
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This exhibit traces the origin and development of the HMT company over the overs along with its milestones.

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Timeline of HMT
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2019
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The map locates the various factories of HMT across India.

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HMT in India
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2019
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One can view the parts of the watch mechanism coming together with the help of a microscope and magnifying glass.

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Parts of a Watch
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2019
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This exquisite exhibit displays each part of a watch, carefully arranged, along with its name.

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Parts of a watch
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2019
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This board displays the range of custom designed packaging boxes manufactured by the company.

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Packaging boxes
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2019
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This unique artefact was used to punch in the timings of entry and exit of the employees, and has been reused to create a lovely souvenir for the visitors.

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Punching clock
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2019
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This room showcases various machinery and tools that were used in HMT's factories.

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Machine shop
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2019
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Watches on display
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2019
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This room showcases specific tools and ball bearing parts manufactured by the company in its early days.

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Machine tools
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This artefact explains the functioning of a tractor and its various components.

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Parts of a HMT tractor
Year
2019
Entry Fee
Applicable
Entry fee information
Adults – Rs 30/=
Children above 6 years – Rs 20/=
School groups (group of 15) – Rs 150/=
Disable persons and children below 6 years – Free.
Tractor ride – Rs 30/=
Guided tour (per guide) – Rs 150/=
Getting there
The museum is located in North Bangalore. Jalahalli is well connected to rest of the city by buses, auto rickshaws, cabs and taxis. The museum is at a 15 minute drive from the Goraguntelpaya metro station (green line) and is at a 15 minute walk from BEL circle. The Yeswanthpur sub urban railway station is at a 20 minute drive from the museum.
Opening Days
Sunday
Monday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Opening Time
10:00 a.m.
Closing Time
06:30 p.m.