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Goa is famous for its serene beaches, midnight parties and delicious food. Along with it, the mixed Portuguese and Maratha culture of Goa is also an engaging characteristic and the best place to study, observe and re-live these diverse culture of Goa is to visit the museums. Interestingly, Some of them dates back to the history while some are recently built. Every museum has its own story to tell.

Top 5 History Museums to visit in Goa

1. Ancestral Goa Museum

Situated at Loutolim in Goa, Ancestral Goa Museum is like an eye-candy for History lovers. An open air museum stretched on a land of around 9 acres one of the most unique, best, must-see and splendid destination not to miss in Goa to every age groups of tourists. The museum show-cases the highlights of Goan culture, their history and native lifestyle. The museum also displays the replica of a classic Goan village with different miniature houses, the traditional occupations like liquors shops, fenny distillery, village market, Goan artisans, fishermen, farmers and a famous Goan music school, etc. There is also a spring named as Boca da Vaca, a spice and fruit garden, handicraft center and lot more.

A major attraction here is sculpture of Sant Mirabai which is 14 m long and was built in just 30 days. The sculpture has and the creator has already grabbed their place in the ‘Limca Book of Records’ as the longest sculpture in India. Ancestral Goa Museum is also known as Big Foot, for a giant footprint on a rock which is worshiped by the natives here. Based on this name, you can find Big Foot restaurant, Big Foot dance floor, Big Foot cross, etc here.

Interesting Fact – The museum was opened to visitors in 1995 and is now recognized as an Educational Picnic place by the State Department of Education.

2. Museum of Christian Art

The World Heritage Site of Goa, the Museum of Christian Art was set up in the year 1994. It is the first exhibition gallery of Christian art in Asia and is a must-see place for art lovers as it magnificently displays, emphasize and bring forth the assets of Indo-Portuguese Christian Art in Goa. The museum preserves the best parts of Goa’s heritage and showcases the various Indo-Portuguese artwork old as well as new. The museum has a amazing collection of gold art works, some precious stones, centuries-old relics, rosaries, furniture, metalwork, sculptures, paintings, statues and ivory images. This museum, in a beautifully restored space within the 1627 Convent of St Monica, contains a collection of statues, paintings and sculptures.
The structure of the museum is as graceful as its surroundings. The surrounding Garden Cafeteria and Step Inn are best to visit. One can go through multiple postcards, handmade stationary and books at the museum shop.

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Interesting Fact – Most of the work of Goan Christian art was created during the Portuguese era and some of those are even displayed in the museum were created by native Hindu artists.

Museum of Christian Art goa photo3. Goa State Museum

The Goa State Museum was established in the year 1977 and is one of the most visited museums in Panaji, Goa. The museum is very spacious and is the best place which houses an eclectic collection of all-in-one items of Goan history. The Goa State Museum is easily reachable, open and accessible in the capital city Panaji and is the best place to visit to learn more about the Goan history.

The museum has various sections that are related to ancient and contemporary art and sculptures of Goa, Goa’s history, cultural, religious expression, archaeology and anthropology. As well as some stunning Jain and Hindu sculptures. There are even some nice items of Portuguese-era furniture, an sharply carved chariot, coins and a pair of unusual antique rotary lottery machines.

Interesting Fact – One can experience and observe some side and faces of the struggle of Goa’s extensive freedom struggle from Portuguese in the Museum.

Museum of Christian Art goa photo4. Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum is a best place to learn about the Goa during medieval era. The museum has many precious and gorgeous artifacts of the Portuguese era in India and even before that. The Museum was set up in 1964 and later in 1981-1982, it went under long renovation. The treasures of Museum are divided into 8 different galleries and those 8 galleries displays the sculptures and portraits from the prehistoric era to the late medieval time. The portraits of the long dead Governors and Viceroys of Goa are considered to be the most important here. Apart from these, the museum also displays the plethora of artifacts that belong to the Portuguese reign in Goa.

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The museum has Arabic and Persian inscriptions, bronze statues, wooden structures, maps the phenomenal collection of postage stamps, coins issued by various Hindu, Portuguese and Muslim rulers, pillars, wooden sculptures, hero stones, Portuguese weapons consisting of rifles, daggers and swords and other such treasures.

Interesting Fact – The archaeological museum has some attractive portions of sculpture from Hindu temple locations in Goa. The museum also has some Sati stones, which once traced as the point where a Hindu widow gave her life onto the funeral pyre of her husband.

5. Goa Chitra Museum

To learn about the Goa’s history, culture, people, custom, evolution and habits, Goa Chitra Museum is the perfect place. The museum is Goa’s first and only ethnographic museum that treasure from past to the future and is a manifestation of Goa’s civilization. The formation of the museum blends traditional materials with modern technologies and elements like stones, wood, doors, pillars, windows and railings that symbolizes the lifestyle of people, their art, their craftsmanship and their local methods. The museum is a best place to learn about the land and the people. As per the Archaeological Survey of India, Goa Chitra Museum is the most excellent contemporary museum in India.

The collection of artifacts in the museum showcases the integrity of the ancient Goa’s culture. Every artifact is associated with a block of information collected on site by interviewing the community elders and by the research of its use in daily life. There are kitchen utensils, farming instruments used by the early farmers in Goa, pottery, music instruments and carts on display.

Interesting Fact – Both Catholic and Hindu religious accessories that were used by the forefathers of Go people have been now devoted to them and presented nicely at the museum entrance. The museum has a collection of over 4,000 objects.

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Top 5 History Museums In Goa

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