India’s first aerospace museum, the HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum in Old Airport Road, established in 2001 is a fascinating place to go to, to see how flying and aviation was then and now. It’s even got some simulators that you can try your hand at, for a momentary feeling of being a pilot. Plus, this is a field trip combined with fun for kids too!
There are two halls in the museum and while Hall one is filled with art and depictions of aerospace history and the evolution of aerospace, from the 1940’s to date, Hall two houses models and displays of engines, aircraft, and helicopters used by the air force over the years. There’s also a place where you can see the functions of the engines and more. Marvel at the outdoor display of MARUT, MIG-21, HT-2, KIRAN, CANBERRA, AJEET and LAKSHYA (Pilotless Target Aircraft) among others. Look out for PSLV model and PSLV Heatshield throwing some light on our country’s progress in space technology. The museum offers a basic simulator and a true motion simulator which gives users the true feel of flying a fighter jet or commercial aircraft, that is located here too. It also has a mock air traffic control tower.
Outside, there’s a rose garden, orchidarium, herbal garden, children’s play area, a souvenir shop, and a sustainability development park too. In this park, you can see and learn through working models of solar systems, biogas plants and hybrid windmills too. The museum is open from 9 AM to 5 PM on all days and the entry fee is priced at INR 50 per adult and INR 30 for children (upto 18 years) and free for children upto three years. There are separate charges for cameras and stimulators.