Museums of Goa are among the famous tourist attractions of the state visited by scores of tourists during their Goa Tour. The repositories of Goa embody an effort to maintain the age old heritage of the state. These museums are the testimony of rich and preserved cultural heritage of the state. Along with a plethora of archeological relic Goa museums are also houses exquisite art and crafts and traditional and modern paintings. Besides a plethora of archaeological relics, the repositories in Goa also house some superb art and home wares and both customary and up to date paintings. Given below are some well renowned repositories in Goa.
Archeological Museum : is located in Old Goa and known across the globe for its good collections of antiques, sculptures, portraits, armory belonging to the Portuguese rule, and several sculpture of Hindu deities. It was set up in 1964 with the support of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The 8 galleries of this museum display portrait and sculptures from the prehistoric to the late mediaeval period. The leading attraction of the museum is the portrait of Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer who reached India in 1498.
Visiting Time of the museum is from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm; Open daily except on Fridays.
Naval Aviation Museum: This is the first naval aviation museum in Asia located in Dabolim, Vasco-Da-Gama, Goa. The museum is situated in the picturesque backdrop of the Bogmalo beach which heightens the scenic charm of this historical museum. The museum has becomes a must-visit place for all tourists because it preserved the history of Indian Naval Aviation. Some of the famous collections of this museum are aircrafts, weapons, sensors, safety equipment and rare photographs depicting a scene of Goa’s liberation. The museum is open on all days from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and visited by a large number of tourist.
Goa State Museum : This is another famous museum of Goa located at EDC Complex, Patto in Panaji. The exotic collections of over 8000 articles are displayed over twelve galleries. The State Museum of Goa houses a diverse collection of over 8,000 items, which include wooden objects, bronzes, paintings, stone sculptures, numismatic collection, anthropological objects and manuscripts. The museum has been divided into twelve galleries based on the classification and display of the artifacts.
Christian Art Museum : This museum is a unique storehouse of the beautiful church art that flourished during the Portuguese era. The Christian Art Museum is only one of its kinds in Asia, which was set up in 1994 in a joint collaboration between Calouste Gulbentian foundation of Portugal and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi. The magnificent collections of this museum are art objects like rosaries and other items made of gold and precious stone. St. Francis Xavier the Goa’s patron saint is displayed in silver plaques on the panels of a silver casket.
Big Foot Art Gallery: This is one of the different which partially hanging air and partially parkland. There are numerous part of museum which have distinctive different area for displaying. Generally in the exhibition you can find goan former, fowl-path, the hutch and also old warrior swords, shields, cave water station, India largest sculptures “laterite” , fruit and spice garden, handicraft and basketball.