The Raman Science Centre at Nagpur is an interactive science center affiliated with Mumbai's Nehru Science Centre. The centre was developed to promote a scientific attitude, portray the growth of science and technology and their applications in industry and human welfare, and hold science exhibits. The centre is named after famous Nobel Prize winner Indian physicist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. The Raman Science Centre was inaugurated on 7 March 1992 and the planetarium was started on 5 January 1997.
The centre is located opposite Gandhi Sagar Lake in the heart of Nagpur. Between April 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007 the centre recorded a visitor count of 307,074. The centre is part of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), India which is also the largest network of science centres/museums under a single administrative umbrella in the World. NCSM rates the centre as regional level and it has a total floor area of 4333 sq meters.
The centre carries out numerous programs to spread science and technology knowledge amongst the general public. The centre along with local NGO Hirwai gives the Green Finger Award to create awareness about the environment amongst school children. In August 2007, the information and communication technology gallery was opened where ISRO Chairman Madhavan Nair declared that India will send astronauts in space by 2015.
The centre currently has 45 different interactive galleries including a 133 seat planetarium, fun science, a prehistoric Animal Park and more. The centre also holds science lectures, science film shows and 3-dimensional science shows. The centre also organizes activities like planet watching and other celestial phenomena for citizens.