World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Science Centre, Surat

Article Id: WHEBN0034243894
Reproduction Date:

Title: Science Centre, Surat  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Gujarat Science City, Surat, Science City Kolkata, Science centers, CB Patel International Cricket Stadium
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Science Centre, Surat

Science Centre Surat
Established 29 November 2009
Location Surat
Type Science and Technology Museum
Visitors 473,266[1]

Science Centre, Surat is a multi-facility complex in Surat, Gujarat, India built by the Surat Municipal Corporation in 2009, the first of its type in western India.[2] The complex houses a Science Centre, museum, an art gallery, an auditorium, an amphi-theatre and a planetarium.

The Complex

The complex covers a total area of 21,800 sq. m. and was built at the cost of INR 44.24 crores.[2] It has underground parking facility for 112 four-wheelers and 210 two-wheelers. It has two 400 tonne vapor absorption chiller plants for air conditioning. The complex also houses a rooftop solar power plant which generates about 1.14 lakh KW of power.[3] In addition, the complex also houses a restaurant.[2]

In its first three months of opening, the Science Centre had nearly 30,000 visitors.[4]

Science Centre

The science centre forms the main part of the complex. It houses a Fun Science Gallery which shows science exhibits. Dedicated galleries for Space, Textile and Diamond are also proposed.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Museum

The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Museum has about 8400 antiquities in wide categories of wood, porcelain, copper, bronze, textile, coins, paintings, miniature paintings, manuscripts, sculptures etc. The museum was developed to showcase the past of Surat. The museum also has a small auditorium to screen documentaries on the history of Surat.[5]

In 2009, designers S. Team Design Services received the IIIDMK Award (Western region) in the Public Spaces Category for the SVP Museum. They were commended for the National Award in the Institution Category.[6]


The complex also houses an amphi-theatre. It is circular shaped with stepped seating. The seating capacity of the theatre is 250. The theatre is used to organize cultural shows and small concerts.[7]


Located on the first floor, the Planetarium is built in the shape of a sphere 16.30 metre in diameter. It has a seating capacity of 140. The digital theatre of the planetarium facilitates the observation of stars, moon, planets and other heavenly bodies which are displayed on the full dome. High resolution projectors which use Digistar 3 technology with digital audio system are used. The show is currently in three languages - Hindi, Gujarati and English.[8]

Art Gallery

Located opposite to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Museum, the art gallery is used for art exhibitions in the city.[9]


The Auditorium is housed in the mezzanine level of the Complex at the southern end of the main building. It has a seating capacity of 260. The auditorium is used for seminars, lectures and meetings.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Visitors". 
  2. ^ a b c Bhatt, Himanshu (25 November 2009). "Multi-facility Science Centre to open in Surat". Times of India. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Surat Municipal Corporation to inaugurate rooftop solar plant". Times of Indai. 
  4. ^ "Entry fees of Science Centre, Sarthana Zoo slashed to 50%". Times of India. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Museum, Science Centre". Surat Municipal Corporation. 
  6. ^ "Awards + achievements". S. Team Design Services. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Amphitheatre, Surat Science Centre". Surat Municipal Corporation. 
  8. ^ "Planetarium, Surat Science Centre". Surat Municipal Corporation. 
  9. ^ "Art Gallery, Surat Science Centre". Surat Municipal Corporation. 
  10. ^ "Auditorium, Surat Science Centre". Surat Municipal Corporation. 

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.