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 major attractions for the travelers which have the ability to force them to be in love with the city. Some of these museums display the most exciting facts and figures related to the state which have connection with the ancient centuries and the colonial conquerors. Also, we can understand the pre Portuguese attitude as well as the post British adaptations of Goa from these museums.
8 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.
1. Goa State Museum, Panaji
The Goa State Museum has an impressive collection of artifacts. Out of all the museums of Goa, this one features exhibits, artifacts and items pertaining to religious expression, the history of printing in the state, lottery printing, cultural anthropology, contemporary and Christian art, furniture, sculptures and information on Goa’s struggle for freedom.
There is no entry fee to this Museum. Photography is allowed based on prior request only for scholars and students. This museum is divided into several galleries, twelve out of these are open to the public. Notable galleries include Banerji Art Gallery and Sculpture Gallery.
Timings – 9.30 AM and 5.30 PM (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
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2. Museum of Christian Art
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.
Timings – 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
3. Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim
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.
Timings – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
4. Houses of Goa Museum
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.
The famous Mario Gallery displaying the paintings of Goa’s legendary painter Mario Mirando is here. The displays also present interesting facts about European and Portuguese building practices during the colonial times. The House of Goa entry fee is Rs 100 for adults and Rs 25 for children.
Timings – Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 7.30 PM
5. Naval Aviation Museum, Vasco Da Gama
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.
The entrance fee is Rs 20 and photography is allowed.
Timings – Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 5.00 PM
6. Archaeological Museum
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.
Located in old Goa, the museum is open on all days except Friday.
Timings – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
7. Big Foot 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.
Timings – 09:30 AM – 6:00 PM
8. Wax World Museum
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.
Timings – 09:30 AM – 7:00 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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