Family Day Out to Unique Museums

Take the Kids to These Unique Museums Give your kids an informative tour across  Goa, offering them a glimpse into the past. Some of the museums are storehouses of Goa’s best kept secrets with important sculptures, writings and other historical remnants. These few museums in Goa, unlike most other museums, are children friendly. 

Naval Aviation Museum

Every kids’s dream is to fly. India’s only Naval Aviation museum offers an up- close real-lifesize look at some of the India’s best fighter jets. Along the route to the port city of Vasco-da-Gama, on the Bogmalo stretch, the museum was set up in October 1998. 

Situated atop a plateau with expansive views of the Arabian sea, the museum tour takes you through indoor and outdoor sections. 

You’re welcomed by the Super Constellation aircraft at the entrance. This was first used by Indian Airlines to transport passengers. The airforce later used it as a transport craft. The Navy borrowed the craft which now stands tall  in the museum. 

Kids will enjoy a look at the big engines used in  the Sea Hawk helicopter, in the Sealand aircraft and an old fire engine used in the early 60s. 

The star attractions are the seven aircrafts on display. These are: the Sea Harrier, a single-seater jet fighter, the Dove, a twin engine aircraft, the Seahawk, a single-seater single engine jet fighter, the Vampire, a small bodied, side-by-side two-seater fighter trainer, the Hughes, a two-seater helicopter and the Alize, a three-seater carrier borne anti-submarine aircraft. 

There’s plenty to explore and feast your eyes on at the naval museum. Don’t miss it.

Pilar Museum

The museum located at the Pilar Seminary was founded by Fr Costa. The display covers artefacts belonging to all religions and includes vestiges of past dynasties who ruled Goa. 

One of the main exquisite showpieces is a Christian Pahlavi cross found on the banks of the river Zuari near Pilar. You can admire other interesting artefacts like a seal of the Kadambas, the sculptures of Jayakeshi I and Shivachita Parmadideva and his queen Kamala Devi, an eighth century idol of Ganesha, a silver gem box dating to Kadamba times, the Christa Purana (a handwritten Marathi translation of the Bible from 1609), and  various paintings from Portuguese times.

Wax World Museum

While other museums are dedicated to preserving the past,  Wax World museum brings to life some of the personalities who have left their mark in this world. The 30 lifesize sculptures are made from paraffin wax and use natural hair. The main attraction is  a  piece on the Last Supper extending to 22 feet. 

Entry: Rs. 30; Rs. 10 for cameras.