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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular museums and art galleries in Goa?

Apoorva Harduley DEC 10 2012
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Do you think Goa is only about sandy beaches, swaying palms and the shining sun? Well, the answer is no, as there is definitely more to Goa than just that, like the various art galleries and museums which showcase masterpieces and are totally worth a visit. Some of the most famed attractions in this genre worth adding to the itinerary of your Goa holiday package are:

  • Naval Aviation Museum
    Located in Bogmalo, some 2-4 kilometres from Vasco da Gama, this is a military museum showcasing the development Naval and Aviation Forces in India. Take a Vasco da Gama to Bogmalo cab or if you like to walk, then nothing better. The museum has a double storied indoor gallery as well as an outdoor exhibit. When you the museum, you can also go for a picnic on the nearby Hollant beach which is just two kilometers from here.

    Timings: It is open all days except on Mondays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Entry fee is INR 10 per adult and INR 5 per child.

  • Museum of Christian Art at Rachol

    Set up in 1994, this museum is a must visit for art lovers as it beautifully showcases treasures adorning the different Portuguese built churches in Goa. Located in the Convent of Santa Monica, Old Goa, it has a spectacular collection of gold items, precious stones, rosaries and ivory images.

    Timings: The museum is open on all seven days a week from 9:30 am to 5:00pm with the entry fee being INR 5 per adult and INR 2.50 per child.

  • Goa State Museum
    Located in the capital city, Panjim, the new museum complex was inaugurated in 1996. The museum has been established with the objective to centralize and preserve antiquities, art objects and objects of cultural importance so as to depict different aspects of the Goan History and Culture. The museum is divided into galleries, out of which 12 are for public viewing with around 8000 artifacts on display.

    Timings: The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm and the entry is free.

  • The Archaeological Museum
    Set up by Archaeological Survey of India in 1964, it was reorganized in 1982. Housed in the convent portion of the church of St. Francis of Assisi, old Goa, it has a rich and rare collection of artifacts, maps and portraits. There are eight sections within the museum displaying masterpieces like sixty portraits of Viceroys and Governors of Goa, a wooden statue of St. Peter and a unique collection of Hindu deities.
    Timings: Open on all days except Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm and the entry fee is INR 5 per head.

  • Gallery at Basilica of Bom Jesus
    Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site within which resides a gallery showcasing the life of St Francis Xavier and other saints who came to India after him. This is the first and and largest modern church art gallery of its kind in Asia. The gallery has around 36 oil paintings made between 1973 and 1976, 14 ink drawings, photographs of churches and other monuments taken by the world-renowned photographer, Benoy Behl and priceless wooden statues of Christian saints.

    Timings: Open on all days including holidays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and the entry is free.

These museums and galleries truly capture the essence of Goan history and Culture. When you visit Goa, try to visit these as they will help you understand the charm of the state.

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