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NIMHANS Heritage Museum

WHQW+W2F, inside NIMHANS Hospital, Hosur Road, Bengaluru Bengaluru Urban 560029


The Heritage Museum is an interactive museum with 7 zones in the ground floor. These zones chronologically take the visitor through the historical development of the Mental Hospital, the formative years of the All India Institute of Mental Health, contemporary NIMHANS and the future. The Museum tells the story of the history and development from the time of the Lunatic Asylum in 1850 to NIMHANS through the medium of infographics, artefacts and narratives. Information is made interactive with the use of audio-video using digital technology.

This includes a museum of mental health. The museum's story begins with the establishment of a facility called the Lunatic Asylum in Bangalore, the old name of the city, in 1847, as an addition to the Hospital for Peons, Paupers and Soldiers. Dr Charles Irving Smith, a medical officer in the East India Company and surgeon to the Mysore Commission, convinced Sir Mark Cubbon, British Commissioner, to create the facility.

The Museum was renamed and captures the stories of pioneering doctors of the Mysore Government Mental Hospital, the architects of the AIIMH and NIMHANS. The visit of important dignitaries, including Presidents, Prime Ministers and Nobel Laureates to the NIMHANS campus is pictorially presented. The serene campus with all its flora and fauna is presented as an ideal nurturing and healing environment, a place for state-of-art care and high standards of academic and scientific achievements.

The Museum also provides an overall glimpse of NIMHANS, including the annual patient visits, training, research and publication by the faculty; NIMHANS in the popular media, innovations and contributions of NIMHANS and the range of activities carried out by the numerous departments. It also illustrates the various collaborations of NIMHANS, nationally and internationally.



9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Kids friendly



080 2699 5674