1. MUSEUM OF GOA Museum of Goa | MOG is the largest contemporary art space in Goa, with galleries, a sculpture garden, a café, a museum store and an auditorium. MOG will also offer music concerts, open art classes, pottery facilities and workshops. The first exhibition at MOG is titled ‘GOPAKAPATTANAM’ (The medieval name of Goa). This exhibition will present histories of Goa using sculptures, installations, paintings and multi-media. It will be an unique opportunity to get introduced to Goa’s history in a very novel and playful way.
2. ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF GOA Located at the back of the Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi, this museum contains many important and beautiful artefacts of the Portuguese rule in India. Its treasures are divided amongst eight galleries. The most important of these are considered to be the portraits of the long-dead Viceroys and Governors of Goa. The museum also has a phenomenal collection of stamps, religious artefacts and other such treasures.
3. MUSEUM OF CHRISTIAN ART Richly embroidered vestments, chalices and other sacred receptacles made out of precious metals and inlaid with precious and semi-precious stones, carved ivory, gorgeous paintings and statuary, all this and more is on display at the museum of Christian Art. The most unique aspect of this wonderful collection is that much of it was in fact created by local artists and artisans, many of whom were traditional Hindu artists. Located as it is in the old convent of Santa Monica, the museum is in the heart of Old Goa, a place steeped in religious history and crowned with many important religious monuments. The museum’s collection is extensive and well maintained. It is one of the few institutions of its kind in Asia.
4. NAVAL AVIATION OF MUSEUM Inaugurated in 1998, this museum is one of only two military museums in India. In fact, it is the only Naval aviation museum in all of Asia. The museum displays a number of aircraft that were used by the indian navy throughout its history. These are displayed outside in the museum’s open air gallery.
The interior of the museum is designed to look like the interior of a naval aircraft carrier the INS Viraat and has a number of interesting galleries displaying naval equipment, prominent battles, a simulation room and an extensive granite plaque paying tribute to those brave souls who gave their lives in service of their country.
5. THE INDIAN CUSTOMS AND CENTRAL EXCISE MUSEUM The Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum is first of its kind in the country. This museum has been established to promote appreciation of the evolution of the Indian Customs and Central Excise from ancient times, its modernization and relevance today for revenue generation, protection, culture and natural heritage, protecting the county from illicit trade, including narcotics and psychotropic substances.
6. ANCESTRAL GOA PART AT LOUTOLIM The little state of Goa, located on the western coast of India in the verdant Konkan region boasts a long and varied history. Variously ruled through the ages by Hindu and Muslim rulers as well as the more recent Portuguese colonists, the land itself has imbibed a variety of customs and traditions which blend those of all the various communities which call it home. Goa today of course, has been greatly modernised to keep up with the ever changing times and technological progress. However, all of its history is still a large part of the culture and atmosphere of the state. If you’ve ever wondered what a Goan village would have been like a hundred years ago, wonder no more. With the setting up of ‘Ancestral Goa’ you can visit a miniature village which has been planned and executed in minute detail.