Goa has a wast history. Catch a glimpse of the historical heritage in Goa’s Museums. Archeological Museum, Museum of Goa Daman and Diu, Institute Menezes Braganza are some of the famous museum of Goa.
Explore Social, Religious and Cultural History of Goa
The exhibits and antiquities in the museums of Goa attest to its rich culture and colorful history. The preserved artifacts represents Goa’s rich and vibrant cultural heritage.
List of Top Museums in Goa
Goa State Museum, Panaji
Location: Goa State Museum is located on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Panjim.
Information: The exclusive artifacts preserved in this museum provide information on the religious expression of this state. Different types of furniture, sculptures, contemporary and Christian arts will amaze you. You will learn about the progression of printing in Goa and its struggle for freedom. There are also some items pertaining to cultural anthropology. The museum authority also organizes educational screening related to various cultural, heritage and anthropological facts on prior intimation.
Visiting Hours: Open on weekdays (9.30 am – 5.30 pm)
Transportation: Buses or taxis are available from Dabolim airport (12 km) and Thivim train-station (15 km).
Naval Aviation Museum, Vasco da Gama, Goa
Location: Naval Aviation Museum is located in Bogmalo near the Vasco da Gama bus terminal.
Information: This unique museum has various staged machineries and equipment on display. These items attest to the evolution of India’s naval-force over the centuries. The outdoor exhibit displays several decommissioned aircrafts that once served the Navy. The old aircraft machines and engines are also on display.
The indoor gallery displays information on different battles fought. Some special sections have been dedicated to the naval-aircraft armaments and service members (men and women) uniform.
Visiting Hours: Open on all days except Monday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Transportation: You may avail transportation from Dabolim airport (3 km) or Madgaon rail-station (18 km).
Museum of Christian Art, Old Goa
Location: Museum of Christian Art is located in Annexe, Convent of Santa Monica in Old Goa.
Information: The old exhibits of this museum depict the prevalence of Christianity in Goa several centuries ago. It has an exclusive collection of ivory, paintings, sculptures, textiles, furniture and metals. The Holy Trinity sculpture symbolizes culmination of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Visiting Hours: Open on weekdays (9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.)
Transportation: Buses and taxis are available from Dabolim airport (15 km) or Thivim train-station (14 km).
Archaeological Museum, Goa
Location: Archaeological Museum is located in Old Goa across the road from Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Information: This museum was established in mid-nineteenth century. The antiquities of this museum dates back to the medieval period. The portraits of governors and viceroys of Goa from the colonial times adorn the walls of this museum. This museum also displays various postage stamps, pillars, objects and weapons pertaining to Portuguese ruling in India. The ancient Persian and Arabic inscriptions will also amuse you.
Visiting Hours: Open on all days except Friday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Transportation: You may avail cabs or buses from Dabolim airport (16 km) or Thivim rail-station (14 km).
Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim
Location: Goa Chitra Museum is located on St. John the Baptist church road of Mondo-Waddo in Benaulim.
Information: If you are interested in century-old agricultural equipment of India, you need to visit this museum. Some traditional farming devices, displayed in this museum, were used during organic farming. The museum first started with a nominal collection of 200 agricultural items. Its collection has reached over 4000 items and is still growing. This museum researches on traditional cultivation techniques of ancient Goa along with other scholars or educational institutes.
Visiting Hours: Open on all days (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Transportation: You may take a cab or a bus from Madgaon rail-station (3 km) or Dabolim airport (17 km).
Houses of Goa, Alto-Torda, Porvorim
Location: Houses of Goa is located in Torda, Salvador do Mundo in Bardez.
Information: The famous architect Gerard da Cunha envisioned and created the stunning designing of this museum. The artifacts here display the evolution of architectural science in India. You will learn interesting facts from these items about European and Portuguese building practices in colonial era. The paintings of Goa’s legendary painter, Mario Mirando are displayed in the Mario Gallery.
Visiting Hours: Open from Tuesday to Sunday (10 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.)
Transportation: The cabs or buses are available from Madgaon rail-station (16 km) or Dabolim airport (32 km).
Goa Science Centre, Panaji
Location: Goa Science Centre is located near New Marine Highway of Miramar.
Information: This museum displays various scientific and astronomical objects. This science center houses a planetarium, science-park and 3D theatre highlighting scientific shows. It also arranges package tours for interested students and researchers on prior intimation. It also hosts drama contests, quiz contests, demonstrations, science seminars and film festivals.
Visiting Hours: Open on all days except public holidays (10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.)
Transportation: Different conveyance facilities are available from Carambolim rail-station (16 km) or Dabolim airport (26 km).
Palacio do Deao, Goa
Location: Palacio do Deao is located opposite the Holy Cross Church in Quepem.
Information: This museum is a century-old sprawling bungalow with loads of cultural artifacts on display. If you want to witness the rich legacy of Goan culture, you need to come to this treasure trove. The library of this bungalow is filled with rare historical books. You also get to visualize the century-old stone ornaments, paintings, Indo-Portuguese architecture and Portuguese household items. You may stay in this heritage villa if desired.
Visiting Hours: Open on all days (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Transportation: You may avail transportation from Madgaon rail-station (12 km) or Dabolim airport (31 km).
Ancestral Goa, Loutolim
Location: The Ancestral Goa museum is located in the Loutolim village of South Goa.
Information: This museum is locally known as Big Foot Museum due to its life-size statues and sculptures. This open-air museum will let you observe the culture of rural Goa. Its model village will amuse you through look-alike village market, distilleries, liquor-stores and traditional Goan homes. The laterite sculpture of Sant Mirabai, present on its premise, entered the Limca Book of Records. It has an on-premise art gallery and handicraft section.
Visiting Hours: Open on all days (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Transportation: Buses and taxis are available from Margao rail-station (10 km) and Dabolim airport (18 km).