Goa, the coastal paradise located in South Western India, is renowned throughout the world for its sun kissed sandy beaches, diverse flora and fauna, gourmet cuisines, eclectic carnival and unique blend of Portuguese and Indian culture. It is the land where tourists can see the cultural assimilation of the East and the West. The age-old cultural legacy of this state is best preserved in Goa Museums which enthrall tourists during their Goa tour. Some of the popular Museums in Goa are:
The Archeological Museum is located in Old Goa 9 kilometers from Panajim. The museum has been functioning since 1964 in the abandoned convent of St. Francis of Assisi. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) maintains and looks after this historic museum. Along with the architectural beauty this museum is also known for its rich and vast collections of historic arts and artifacts. Some of the artifacts of this museum are brahmanical sculptures hero-stones and sati stones of the early and late medieval periods, portraits, revenue and court fee stamps, coins and currency, armory of the Portuguese period, wooden and bronze sculptures. There are exclusive paintings of Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer and other governors adorn the walls of the museum.
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 aircraft, weapons, sensors, safety equipment and rare photographs depicting a sense 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 everyday.
Institute Menezes Braganza:
This is among the most popular museums of Goarenowned for its lavish decorations and rich collections. The museum was established in 1871 with a purpose to encourage literature among the people of Goa. This museum is famous for the interesting collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures which enthrall tourists during their visit to this place. The most prominent collections of this museum are 250 original works of oil paintings, prints, and sculptures of European and Portuguese painters. Besides this the museum also houses one of the India’s oldest libraries which are a treasure trove of old and valuable books.
Some of the other famous museums of this place are Big Foot Art Gallery, Museum of Christian Art, The Art chamber, Kerkar art Complex and Cultural Anthropology Gallery.