The mighty land of beaches has some of the best museums each sharing a separate story regarding the life of Goa from the ancient centuries. These well maintained museums in Goa are one of the main attractions for the tourists visiting this city. Some of these museums display the best facts and figures related to the life of Goa from the ancient history. Also, we can understand the pre Portuguese attitude as well as the post British adaptations of Goa from these museums.
9 Best Museums In Goa
The attractions in Goa have the touch of its ancient culture and one such attraction is the museums in Goa. We have created a handy guide for you to go through the most famous museums in Goa.
- Goa State Museum – An Artifact Collection
- Museum Of Christian Art – Learn About Christianity
- Goa Chitra Museum – Showcases The Agricultural Side
- Houses of Goa – Depicts Goa’s Architecture
- Naval Aviation Museum – For Naval Planes And Machinery
- Archaeological Museum – With Goan Artifacts
- Big Foot Museum – An Open Air Museum
- Wax World Museum – For Intriguing Figurines
- Goa Science Centre – Learn Some Science
1. Goa State Museum – An Artifact Collection
The Goa State Museum has an impressive collection of artifacts. The museum showcases artifacts and items pertaining to religious expression, lottery printing, the history of printing in the state, cultural anthropology, furniture, sculptures, contemporary and Christian art, and information on Goa’s struggle for freedom. It is one of the best tourist places in Goa.
There is no entry fee to this Museum and photography is allowed only for scholars and students only if requested beforehand. This museum is divided into numerous galleries and the notable ones are Banerji Art Gallery and Sculpture Gallery.
Location: Adil Shah Palace, Avenida Dom João de Castro, Patto Colony, Panaji, Goa 403521
Timings: 9.30 AM and 5.30 PM (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
2. Museum Of Christian Art – Learn About Christianity
Located in Goa Velha, Museum of Christian Art is the only museum in Asia, featuring a collection of items pertaining to the emergence of Christianity in the State. It is famous for its impressive collection of sculptures, furniture, ivory, paintings, textiles and metals.
This museum has a nominal entrance fee averaging around Rs 3 and photography is allowed.
Location: Convent of Santa Monica, Goa Velha, Goa 403402
Timings: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
3. Goa Chitra Museum – Showcases The Agricultural Side
Goa Chitra Museum is amongst a handful of museums in Goa displaying artifacts related to traditional farming equipment. Apart from that, the museum also showcases coconut farming tools, milk churning tools, traditional hand-woven baskets and several other implements that are not in use today.
The museum partners with scholars and educational institutions to do more research on the farming and traditional cultivation techniques of ancient Goans. The entry fee to the museum is Rs 100 and photography is allowed.
Location: H.No. 498, Near Auxilium High School, Benaulim, Goa 403716
Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
4. Houses of Goa – Depicts Goa’s Architecture
The stunning exterior and interior design of Houses of Goa was architected by the renowned Gerard da Cunha. The artifacts in this museum depicts the history of architecture in Goa.
There is a famous Mario Gallery here which showcases the paintings of Goa’s celebrated painter Mario Mirando. The House of Goa entry fee is Rs 100 for adults and Rs 25 for children.
Location: House No. 674, Near Nisha’s Play School,Torda ,Salvador do Mundo, Penha de França, Goa 403101
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 7.30 PM
5. Naval Aviation Museum – For Naval Planes And Machinery
Located in Bogmalo, this is a unique navy museum in Goa. Artifacts, items and various staged machinery and equipment of the evolution of India’s naval force over the years are displayed here. The outdoor exhibits section of the museum displays a range of decommissioned aircraft that served with the Navy while the Indore gallery displays information on battles undertaken.
Also , there are different types of attire of naval servicemen and servicewomen displayed in this museum. Exploring this museum would be one of the best things to do in Goa.
The entrance fee is Rs 20 and photography is allowed.
Location: Bogmalo Road, Vasco da Gama, Goa 403806
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 5.00 PM
6. Archaeological Museum – With Goan Artifacts
Established in the mid nineteenth century, this museum contains several ancient Persian and Arabic inscriptions, weapons used by the Portuguese army and related artifacts. On the walls you can see portraits of governors and viceroys who ruled Goa during the colonial time, making it the most interesting museum of Goa.
Location: EDC Complex, patto, Panaji, Goa 403001
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
7. Big Foot Museum – An Open Air Museum
Located in Loutolim, the open air museum recreates Goan rural life as it was a 100 years ago. In this recreated village you can also see different miniature houses that showcases traditional occupation and social classes such as fishermen, Goan artisans, a Music school known as Escola da Musica, farmers, liquors shops, the village market, and a feni distillery.
The main highlight at Ancestral Goa is the giant 14 meter sculpture of Sant Mirabai carved in 30 days by MJA Alavres, the enterprising artist and museum owner. This has been listed in the Limca book of records for being the longest laterite sculpture in India.The entry fee to the museum is Rs 50 for adults and Rs 25 for children aged 3 to 10.
Location: Cross Museum, Main Road, Salcete District, Loutolim, Goa 403718
Timings: 09:30 AM – 6:00 PM
8. Wax World Museum – For Intriguing Figurines
One of the main attractions of wax museum in Goa is the sculpting of the ‘last supper’ which is 22 feet in length and weighs 500 kilos. Each figurine in this museum is sculpted of paraffin wax and the hair used is natural while the eyes and teeth are artificial.
One of the other major attractions include Mahatma Gandhi, Radha Krishna and Bethlehem. The entry cost Rs 30 and for photography there is a nominal amount of Rs 10.
Location: Old Goa, Goa Velha, Goa 403402
Timings: 09:30 AM – 7:00 PM
9. Goa Science Centre – Learn Some Science
The Goa science centre aims to nourish the knowledge and grow an interest of the young in the field of science and experimentation. The museum has a park with exotic flower consisting the much popular physics exhibits. Pulleys, ropes, diagrams and big models have been built to help understand the knowledge area. With interactive exhibits, science shows, 3-D films and The Digital Planetarium showcase some of the best science films.
Location: Marine Highway, Miramar, Panaji, Goa 403001
Timings: 09:30 AM – 6:00 PM
These are some of the most interesting museums in Goa. Now that you know all the best museum, plan your vacation in Goa right away. Book via Travel Triangle for the best deals and packages and have a hassle free holiday experience.
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