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Indian Music Experience (Temporarily closed in the interest of public safety)

Bengaluru, Karnataka

Indian Music Experience (IME) is India’s first interactive music museum. Get ready to experience all things MUSIC – discover various genres, explore the stories about iconic songs and music makers, marvel at the beautiful musical instruments and artefacts on display, and create your own music. Traditional or contemporary, young or old, the IME has something for everyone.

  • Nine internationally designed thematic exhibit galleries that explore different facets of Indian music. Start your exhibit experience from the third floor.
  • Create your own music in the Sound Garden. The 10 musical installations here invite you to explore its distinct sounds, materials, and vibrations.
  • Photo opportunity with the poster of an iconic Hindi film in the Stories Through Song exhibit.
  • A stunning display of over 100 musical instruments from across the country in the Instruments gallery.

Immerse yourself in India’s rich musical heritage at Bangalore’s latest cultural hub – IME!

IME is India’s only interactive music museum. It features a Sound Garden with 10 playable musical sculptures; nine Exhibit Galleries with musical instruments, storyboards, touchscreens, mini-theatres, and audio-video kiosks; a Learning Centre with regular classes and workshops; and much more.

With themes ranging from the legends of Bollywood, to folk music from around the country, and to classical maestros and contemporary bands, the IME covers the entire spectrum of Indian music, both the traditional to the contemporary.

While the IME is an ideal place for international tourists to understand India’s cultural diversity, it is equally fascinating for Indian audiences, both young and old, to reconnect with their culture and to discover more about their music.

The IME is designed according to the best international standards and is housed in a beautifully constructed contemporary building surrounded by greenery.

Current exhibitions
  • Contemporary Expressions - Take a walk down a busy street in Bangalore and relive the early days of independent 'indie' rock music in India. Hybrid Sounds interactive, Daler Mehnd's performance costume, and auto rickshaw mini-theatres.
  • Living Traditions - Always wondered what sruti, raga, tala, gharana, dhrupad, khayal, kutcheri really mean? Learn about the origins of classical music, understand the basic concepts of Karnatic and Hindustani classical music and hear the music of the torchbearers of tradition.
  • Songs of the People - Did you know that birth, puberty and even death is commemorated through folk songs? Learn more about various folk and tribal communities of India, their songs and the contexts in which these songs are sung. Mechanised puppet displays, folk art murals, and kaavad box.
  • Melting Pot - Indian music is a confluence of many influences. From colonial times, musical interactions have enhanced and enriched cultures. Brass band photo opportunity, leg harmonium display, and the story of nottuswara.
  • Instruments Gallery - A stunning display of over 100 musical instruments from across the country, along with information on their origins, making and playing techniques. Peacock-shaped mayura veena, snake-shaped nagphani, and much more.
  • Songs of Struggle - Over 35 versions of the song ‘Vande Mataram', replica of Mahatma Gandhi’s letter to MS Subbulakshmi, patriotic songs from Hindi film across the ages.
  • Stories Through Song - Since the first ‘talkie’ in the 1930s, music has been an inalienable part of the movies in India. Discover the landmarks and legends of Hindi film music and find the diverse influences of various genres of music in film songs, and find that special song that brings back memories of childhood, youth or romance. Photo opportunity with the poster of an iconic Hindi film.
  • Reaching Out - From the gramophone to the mobile phone, the way that music has been recorded and disseminated has evolved. Trace the journey of recorded sound in India, learn about the pioneers of recording, and the way that technology has impacted music. Be a Radio Jockey in the recording studio!
  • The Stars - Feature are a hundred luminaries of the indian music whose sounds, continues to resound among us. Their gift to us – the shared human experience we call music – binds, heals and inspires. Shehnai of Bismillah Khan, Tambura of MS Subbulakshmi, Concert attire of Bhimsen Joshi
  • Sound Garden - Explore the principles of sound through ten specially designed ‘playable’ musical sculptures. Feel the concepts of resonance, vibration, pitch, frequency and timbre come to life. At the sound garden, anyone can be a musician!
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Upcoming events
  • Ravi Shankar @100 Exhibition Opening and Concert
    • Overview: IME is proud to present the birth centenary celebrations of India’s legendary Sitar maestro Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar. The exclusive exhibition that celebrates the maestro’s life will be inaugurated at the Indian Music Experience at 5 p.m. followed by the concert at MLR Convention Centre (next to Indian Music Experience) 7 p.m. onwards on the 7th March.

      The exhibition will be on display from the 7th March for three months.
    • Artist: Concert featuring Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt and Pt. Bickram Ghosh.
    • Date: 7 March 2020
    • Timings: 5:00 p.m. for the inauguration of the exhibition and the concert will start at 7:00 p.m.
    • Age: 5 years and above
    • Fee: Rs. 799 per person for arena and Rs. 499 per person for balcony
    • For more information: Click here
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Opening hours
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Last admission time
5:00 p.m.
Weekly close
Holiday calendar
Museum is closed only on Mondays. It is open on all public holidays.
Average duration
3 to 4 hours
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Free wheelchair is available on first come, first served basis.
  • Souvenir store sells aesthetically crafted products inspired by themes from the museum.
  • Drinking water stations.
  • Award-winning Woodrose Club alfresco café offers delectable Indian and international snacks and beverages.
  • Separate toilets for men and women.
  • Free parking for 15 cars and 10 bikes on first come, first served basis.
  • Free locker is available on first come, first served basis.

How to get there
  • 2.2 km from Yelchanahalli Metro Station (Green Line)
  • BMTC 215 Series Bus from Majestic
Additional information
  • Tickets available from the ticket office at the museum.
  • Ticket includes entrance to the museum and sound garden.
  • No videography allowed in the museum.
  • No eatables allowed in the museum.
  • Small and medium events can be hosted at the museum.
  • The Learning Centre imparts high quality music education in various disciplines to aspiring young musicians. With well-designed classrooms, skilled teachers and a structured curriculum, the learning centre provides the ideal environment for the musicians of tomorrow.


Child below 5 years
Child (5 to 12 years)
Senior citizen
Group of 10 or more visitors (per person)
School groups (per person)
(with prior appointment only)
Still camera

Tickets available at the Museum Box Office and online.

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