Established in the year 2010, the only brain museum of India, the Neuropathology Brain Museum, is located in the city of Bengaluru in the state of Karnataka. The museum is basically in a single room on the campus of the National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS). Earlier, it was just meant for teaching and research purposes only but was made open to the public in 2010.
The Neuropathology Brain Museum has different brain sections that have been gathered by pathologists over the period of late 1970s till date. The sections have been preserved in the formalin solution and have been stored in hard and clear plastic for the public to view. With each brain, you can view how complex our nervous system is and how every disease affects it.
When visiting the museum, one can find samples of the brain that have suffered through trauma, cancer, brain infection, infestation, head injuries, or birth abnormalities. One can get a 360-degree view of these brains, and if requested, you are allowed to touch and feel the real human brains as well.
Some of the highlights that one should not miss when visiting the museum are seeing the brains that have been infected by Parkinson’sParkinson’s and Alzheimer’sAlzheimer’s disease, smoker’s lungs, and electro-micrographs. You can see how each of these diseases directly impacts the brain and how it impacts. Also, within the collection, there is a brain with worms that showcasing what happens to the brain if and when infected by the worm. Also, the museum preserves some of the animal brains as well as the human ones.
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There is no entry fee associated with visiting of the museum. The museum’s visiting hours are 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm and from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays, on the 2nd Saturday of each month, and during the public holidays. Also, the guided tours are open for walk-ins on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 2:30 pm.
A direct flight to Bengaluru is easily available from most of the airports, both national and international. From there, you can either rent a cab or auto or even take a bus to reach the Neuropathology Brain Museum. Trains come from all stations of India and therefore getting here is probably out of question. Bangalore has many other destinations too but this is a highly undiscovered thing.