Goa is well-known for its beaches, food and party life. The state is also known for its unique culture mixed of Maratha and Portuguese. The diversity of culture and history of Goa is enchanting and if you are one of the history lovers and very curious to know more about Goa, the best place is to start with the museums. Along with beaches, Goa is also home to different museums that highlight and document the interesting history of this beautiful state and its rich and diverse culture.
The state has large count of museums of which some are devoted to the history and culture of Goa. Every museum tells its own story of which some dates back to the centuries whereas some are very recent. Of this various museums one such museum is House of Goa Museum which is now turning out to be a famous and major attraction in North Goa.
The Goan history is basically linked to the presence and ruling of Portuguese. Before Portuguese came to Goa, the Goan residences were made up of mud. When Portuguese arrived in 1510 to Goa, they brought new ideas and their own European lifestyle with them. The Goan houses now are merge of a western and eastern architectural side.
Houses of Goa Museum was built by a native architect, Gerard da Cunha. Designed just like a Ship, it is a multi storey building is a museum is a perfect place to see art or design and the history of Goan architecture. This triangular shaped building is built as a traffic island in Salvador do Mundo village of Goa. It is a perfect example of contemporary styled architecture which is trying to conserve the legacy of yesteryear.
The museum is built around a massive central column and has narrow and steep circular staircase to the floors. The sharp corners of the house are utilized very well by converting it into a seating arrangement. There are multiple panels that displays maps of Goa, pictures and sketches Goan houses from different places, descriptions and stories of Goa. The vertical flaps narrates about the different components of a house such as a balcony, windows, doors, flooring, pillars, etc. in detail. One section has all the details of materials that are used for the construction. It is an interesting place for an architect lover to see and observe how things like the windows, doors and overall interior of the house changed eventually.
Next floor has the real tiles, door frames, wood panels and wooden pillars for display. It tells about how much one used to invest in the houses. Next floor on the top is an open air auditorium and has 35 seats for slide sessions and display. The floor has a display of around 30 Tulsi plants from different houses in Goa. The Museum has small souvenir shop near the entrance where one can see art work for display and sale by Mario Miranda. He is an important person associated with this project as well as the city. There is also a small shop to buy packaged snacks and beverages.
How to reach:
By Air: Dabolim Airport is thenearest airport at a distance of 30 km from Panajim. One can get local transport from Panjim to reach to the Museum.
By Rail: Nearest Railway station is Tivim Konkan Railway at 9 km far from Mapusa city.
By Road: Placed in Torda, the Salvador-do-Mundo village of North Goa, the House of Goa Museum is around 5 km from the capital city Panjim and around 10 km from Mapusa.
Entry Fees: 100 Rs/-
Timings: Open from Tuesday-Sunday at 10.00 am to 7.30 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Goan architecture is unique because of the amalgamation of local style and the Portuguese style which cannot be seen anywhere else. The museum also has their own complete website that allows you virtually visit the museum and the architecture in detail.
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Photo by colros