Goa is India’s top holiday destination for tourists looking to soak in the sun and bask in the sand with a bottle of chilled beer in hand. The state saw the arrival of more than 5.3 million tourists in 2015 out of which around ten percent were foreign travelers. Goa has tourist spots for people with varied interests. If are addicted to gambling then it is the only place in India where you can gamble legally. If however you are a science geek, while chilling in Goa you should consider visiting the Goa Science Center.
The center is located on the New Marine Highway at Miramar at a distance of 3-4 kilometers from Panjim. The center was inaugurated in 2001 and has since then seen regular upgrades. A planetarium was inaugurated in 2012 by current Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar. The science center is open from morning 10:00 am to evening 6:00 pm and witnesses on average 400 footfalls on week days. The science center is open 7 days a week, with annual holidays on the occasion of Diwali and Holi.
The Science Center consists of the following
- A Planetarium with a seating capacity of 50 people who can watch the sky show at intervals of half an hour.
- A 3D Theater room where film shows are shown in with special 3D glasses.
- An Exhibition Area that has a display area for varied topics.
- An Auditorium for organizing science related events for the public.
- A Science Gallery with exhibits for children demonstrating basic science principles.
- A Garden with outdoor sculptures and demonstrations of scientific instruments.
Cost – The cost of visiting the science center is Rs 50 for adults interested in accessing all the three areas – 3D Theater, Planetarium Show and Science Gallery. For government school children, tickets start from Rs 10 per head with large groups being eligible for further discounts.
The exhibits are well thought of and can intrigue students. It is a great place to spend about an hour during your busy schedule to learn some fundamentals of basic science. It’s an informative center built primarily with students in mind. Adults may find it a little too bland for their taste considering all that is on offer in Goa.
For the local population who have access to limited science facilities, the setting up of this center is a boon to inculcate a scientific temper and commendable step by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India. An innovation center is currently being built which when complete will conduct workshops on robotics, electronics and astronomy for school children.
To know more about the science center and for carrying out bulk bookings you can visit the planetarium website at goasciencecentre.org.in