We’ve all heard the saying ‘It’s all in the brain!’ Well, now you can actually witness something that personifies this saying to the fullest. The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore came up with the creepy but incredible idea of starting a museum of brains in their Neurobiology Research Centre. The museum, which houses a marvelous collection of diseased and healthy brains, definitely deserves the tag of ‘the one and only.’ With over 300 pickled and jarred specimens of human and animal brains, this is truly one of the most unique and bizarre museums in the world.
The ‘brain’ child of Dr. SK Shankar, the Head of Department of Neuropathology at The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, this museum fist opened its doors to the public in 2011. According to Dr. Shankar, the sole motive of starting such a museum was to give an opportunity to the general public to explore the most important part of the human body. A place of learning for school and college students, Dr. P Satishchandra, the current Director and Vice Chancellor of NIMHANS, says that all the specimens in this museum were collected after promoting and facilitating brain donations for 30 years.
If you are a person who has grave interest in the functionality of brains, or wishes to know about its intricate magical functions, here is a heads-up from our end. Firstly, of all the varied brains available for display, the collection of brains infected by amoeba or tapeworm’s eggs is one you should definitely check out. Secondly, if you are really lucky then you might meet Professor Shankar in the museum. If you do run into him, don’t be surprised when he tells you to hold an actual human brain in your hands! Other attractions at this museum include the tiny brain of a 4-year old kid, the brains of a rat and a duck and the damaged brain of a person killed in a car accident.
If you live in Bangalore and wish to visit this museum, you can take a bus or a taxi and head towards Hosur Main Road at Lakkasandra. Otherwise for those coming from outside Bangalore, the museum is just 7 kms from the Bangalore City Railway Station.
Address: East of NIMHANS Bus Stop, Hosur Road, Lakkasandra, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560029
Web Address: http://nimhans.ac.in/neuropathology/brain-museum
Contact No.: 8026563357
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM (Mondays to Saturdays)
Cost: No entry fee
Easiest way to reach: Walking distance from NIMHANS Bus Stop at Hosur Main Road